About Durham School of the Arts
Durham School of the Arts first opened in 1995 and is housed in the former Durham High School building, which opened in 1922 and closed as a traditional high school in 1993. Our campus is expansive, covering three city blocks and includes eight separate buildings. Approximately 1,655 students from all parts of Durham County are enrolled in grades 6 thru 12. All students enroll through a lottery application system since DSA has no specific attendance zone and over 2,000 students apply for open positions yearly. Since both students and staff have elected to be at DSA, we feel it is both an honor and a privilege for all of us to be a part of this learning community. That is one of the reasons that DSA is the most successful school in our district both academically and artistically.
- Enrollment: 1,835
- Grades 6 - 12
- 130+ teachers
- 6 school counselors
What is unique?
DSA is an active and dynamic center for arts and academic education. School life at DSA is based on our shared culture of success and an emphasis on tolerance, diversity, personal responsibility, and respect for individual differences.
We are a school like no other. Durham School of the Arts (DSA) is a magnet school founded on the premise of providing our students with an education focused on excellence in the visual and performing arts and rigorous academics. We believe that since our students are both participants and consumers of the arts, they will be better educated and more informed citizens. As a result, we expect our students to be the leaders and intellectuals of tomorrow.
DSA partners with top tier institutions, such as the Durham Performing Arts Center, Duke University and the American Dance Festival, to expose our students to high-caliber guest artists who provide workshops and master classes.
• Theater (Acting & Technical Theater)
• Visual Arts (Draw, Painting, Clay, Sculpture & Photography)
• Game Art Design
• Creative Writing
DSA has launched students for full-time study in the visual and performing arts at the following schools and programs in North Carolina and all over the United States:
Rhode Island School of Design
Berklee College of Music
Rochester Institute of Technology
Savannah College of Art and Design
The Pratt Institute
The University of Chicago
Maryland Institute College of Art
UNC - School of the Arts
Michigan State University
NC State University
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
New York University
University of Kentucky
New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
University of Maryland - College Park
North Carolina A & T State University
University of Michigan
North Carolina Central University
University of Pennsylvania
Westminister Choir College
Oberlin Music Conservatory