DeKalb School of the Arts

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DeKalb School of the Arts
Established 1999
Type Public Magnet
Principal Susan McCauley
Students 400 approximately
Grades 8–12
Location DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
Coordinates Coordinates: 33°45′31.53″N 84°16′3.3″W / 33.7587583°N 84.267583°W / 33.7587583; -84.267583
District DeKalb County Public School System
Campus Suburban
Colors Purple, White and Gold              
Mascot The Fire Ant
Website DeKalb School of the Arts

DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) is a public performing arts magnet school in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, east of the city of Atlanta. It is a part of the DeKalb County Public School System.

DeKalb School of the Arts is located at 1192 Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002.[1]


DSA began its life in 1985 under the direction of Richard Leitgeb and became the DeKalb Center for Performing Arts (DCPA), a magnet program housed at Avondale High School. In 1999 it was split off and became the DeKalb School of the Arts. DSA has many successful alumni, including Celise Hicks, dance captain for Disney's The Lion King on Broadway.[1]

After eight years at its independent location, DeKalb School of the Arts moved back into Avondale High School, its original home, in August 2010. It was previously located on the site of the former Briarcliff High School. DSA will house their students on the hall that is no longer in use by Avondale High School (300 Hallway). DSA continues to have their own administrative team.[citation needed]


DSA alumni include R&B singer Lloyd, Community star Donald Glover,dancer Saidah Nairobi, reggae singer Cen'C Love, and So You Think You Can Dance season 9 finalist George Lawrence. Also included are Deidrie Henry


Susan McCauley is the Principal and Chief Learning Officer of DSA.[2]

Academic achievements[edit]

The school has won many awards and recognitions, including being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Its mock trial team has consistently received four or more best attorney/witness awards at competitions and won the Regional Championship in 2013 and 2014.

Clubs and Activities[edit]

Clubs and extracurricular activities offered include:

  • Mock Trial (The Justice League)
  • Newspaper (Over the Edge)
  • Fitness Club
  • History Club
  • NAHS (National Art Honor Society)
  • NHS (National Honor Society)
  • NADHS (National Dance Honor Society)
  • NMHS (National Music Honor Society)
  • Beta Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Pro Arte Women's Choir
  • Highleit Show Choir
  • Dance Repertory Company
  • Thespians
  • Drama Ensemble
  • Strolling Strings
  • Gay- Straight Alliance

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b DeKalb School of the Arts About DSA page, May 2007
  2. ^ "DSA Faculty Directory". 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-14.