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.

    2024-25 School Year

    Secondary Schools (grades 6-12)


    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 ( 919-560-2695 x69057   


    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 ( 919-560-3535 x14102