Magnet programs & CTE pathways
  • Humanities and Arts (información en español

    While all DPS Elementary Schools provide both Visual Arts and Music at least weekly and many secondary schools provide courses in a variety of visual and performing arts, some magnet schools provide specialized instruction in the Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts.


    2023-24 School Year


    Elementary Schools 

     Club Boulevard  

    Club Blvd Elementary School (program will transition to DLI starting in the 24-25 school year)

    Club Blvd provides integrated arts and culture throughout the core curriculum, provides art, dance, music, and cultural studies special classes

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade: Kindergarten 

    Attendance zone: NO

    Sibling Priority: YES–siblings of current students have priority seating

    Transportation: District-wide

    Contact for program questions: Alicia Butler (alicia_butler@dpsnc.net) 919-560-3918 

    Holt  

    Holt Elementary School (OPERATES ON THE YEAR-ROUND CALENDAR will transition to DLI and traditional calendar in the 2024-25 school year)

    Holt is a language academy providing all students with instruction in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese in grades K-5. The curriculum is enhanced with the study of global humanities and culture.  

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade: Kindergarten–Former Pre-K students must enter the lottery 

    Attendance zone: YES–no lottery application required in attendance zone

    Lottery zone: YES–students who reside in the attendance zones of Eastway, Glenn, Little RIver Mangum, Merrick-Moore, Oak Grove, and Spring Valley 

    Sibling Priority: YES–siblings of current students have priority seating

    Transportation: Regional only—students who reside in the attendance zones of Eastway, Glenn, Little RIver Mangum, Merrick-Moore, and Spring Valley 

    Contact for program questions: Anita Jarrett (anita_jarrett@dpsnc.net) 919-560-3928 

    Sandy Ridge

    Sandy Ridge Elementary School (school will transition to a neighborhood school starting in the 24-25 school year)

    Sandy Ridge Provides integrated visual and performing arts throughout the core curriculum including work with visiting artists. Students engage with visual and performing arts events within the community. Students receive instruction in music, visual art, dance, and theater. 

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade:Kindergarten–Former Pre-K students must enter the lottery 

    Attendance Zone: NO

    Sibling priority: YES–sibling of an attending student has priority seating

    Other Priority: Students that reside in attendance zones for Mangum, Eno Valley, Little River, Easley, Holt, Hillandale, and Glenn

    Transportation: Regional–only those that reside in attendance zones for Mangum, Eno Valley, Little River, Easley, Holt, Hillandale, and Glenn

    Contact for program questions: Carolyn Allen (carolyn_allen@dpsnc.net) 919-560-2695 x69057 

    R.N. Harris

    R.N. Harris Elementary School (school will transition to neighborhood school starting in the 24-25 school year)

    RN Harris uses the A+ Schools model to integrate arts into all core learning. Student arts learning experience includes Suzuki violin, dance, African drumming, and chorus. 

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade: Kindergarten–Former Pre-K students must enter the lottery 

    Attendance Zone: NO

    Sibling priority: YES–sibling of an attending student has priority seating

    Transportation: District-wide


    Secondary Schools (grades 6-12)

    DSA

    Durham School of the Arts 

    DSA is focused on academic rigor and excellence in traditional visual and performing arts disciplines. Students may concentrate in chorus, band, orchestra, piano, or guitar; dance; acting, or technical theater; painting, drawing, clay, sculpture, or photography; writing through literature, newspaper, or yearbook; and game design, digital media, or film. 

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade: 6th 

    Attendance zone: NO

    Sibling priority: NO

    Transportation: District-wide

    Sports: has its own competitive sports teams

    Contact for program questions: Ntianu Nkenge (ntianu_nkenge@dpsnc.net) 919-560-2695 x69057 

     SCS

    The School for Creative Studies (OPERATES ON A YEAR ROUND CALENDAR)

    SCS focuses on the 4C’s: Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Community. The school uses the Habits of Mind framework to develop creative and collaborative problem solving skills using the approach of design thinking. Students can take courses in digital music and audio production; digital media and design; computer science and coding; architecture, engineering, and 3D design; theater arts; video production; and creative entrepreneurship. 

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade: 6th 

    Attendance zone: NO

    Sibling priority: YES–siblings of current students have priority seating

    Transportation: District-wide express stops are provided in the morning (group stops that may not be within walking distance of the home) and neighborhood bus stops (within walking distance of the home) in the afternoon. 

    Competitive Athletics: no competitive sports teams of their own, students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate at base school. 

    Contact for program questions: Catherine Crevoiserat (catherine_crevoisera@dpsnc.net) 919-560-3535 x14102 


    2024-25 School Year


    Secondary Schools (grades 6-12)

    DSA

    Durham School of the Arts 

    DSA is focused on academic rigor and excellence in traditional visual and performing arts disciplines. Students may concentrate in chorus, band, orchestra, piano, or guitar; dance; acting, or technical theater; painting, drawing, clay, sculpture, or photography; writing through literature, newspaper, or yearbook; and game design, digital media, or film. 

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade: 6th 

    Attendance zone: NO

    Sibling priority: NO

    Transportation: District-wide

    Sports: has its own competitive sports teams

    Contact for program questions: Ntianu Nkenge (ntianu_nkenge@dpsnc.net) 919-560-2695 x69057   

     SCS

    The School for Creative Studies (OPERATES ON A YEAR ROUND CALENDAR)

    SCS focuses on the 4C’s: Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Community. The school uses the Habits of Mind framework to develop creative and collaborative problem solving skills using the approach of design thinking. Students can take courses in digital music and audio production; digital media and design; computer science and coding; architecture, engineering, and 3D design; theater arts; video production; and creative entrepreneurship. 

    Current Lottery Policies:

    Entry Grade: 6th 

    Attendance zone: NO

    Sibling priority: YES–siblings of current students have priority seating

    Transportation: District-wide express stops are provided in the morning (group stops that may not be within walking distance of the home) and neighborhood bus stops (within walking distance of the home) in the afternoon. 

    Competitive Athletics: no competitive sports teams of their own, students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate at base school. 

    Contact for program questions: Catherine Crevoiserat (catherine_crevoisera@dpsnc.net) 919-560-3535 x14102