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The admissions season is almost here!  DSA will begin accepting applications January 6, 2023.  If you would like to get more information on DSA's programs, attend one of our information sessions December 15, 2022 or January 5, 2023.  In the meantime, visit our ADMISSIONS PAGE to learn more about our school and the application process! When you drop off your application, please be sure to submit it all at one time, including the recommendations.  We do not take partial applications, as we have no way to keep track of them.
Visual Arts Students Take Top Honors
DSA Visual Arts students took top honors at the 2023 National Art Honor Society Leadership Conference at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Jan. 21 - 22. Our NAHS students won monetary scholarships awarded by the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA), participated in workshops they'll bring back to our local chapter, and won the sidewalk chalk challenge with our new fire ant mascot design by Aaralyn Ellison. The team got first dibs on a mural to take home, a bag of goodies from SCAD, and a gift card for a bunch of Dominos pizzas! 
Best of Show in NAHS Electronic Pin-Up Show: Lindsay Torres 
1st Place GAEA Portfolio Scholarship: Ella Kemmerly 
2nd Place GAEA Portfolio Scholarship: Ella Shiver 
Sidewalk Chalk Champions: Sophia Ocfemia, Sean-Thomas Whitlock, Lindsay Torres, Ella Shiver and Ella Kemmerly
Congratulations to Dr. Amanambu
Congratulations to our own George Amanambu, biology, chemistry and human anatomy teacher, for receiving his doctorate on January 22nd.  Dr. Amanambu's hard work and persistence have paid off, and DSA is thrilled to have a new doctor in the school house!
Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Welcome to Dr. Charlene Spurlock, our new work-based learning coordinator.  Seniors can find her in room 320 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Be sure to drop by if you have questions!
Senior Yard Signs
Seniors!  It's time to order your yard sign!  The early bird special before February 28th is $35.00, and after it is $40.00.  All orders must be placed before April 14th.  You can find the order form HERE.
Chromebook Accessories
Have you lost your Chromebook, charger or bag?  Remember you are responsible for turning it in at the end of the year!  If you need to order a replacement, you may do so HERE. If you're ordering a replacement charger, choose the Acer Spin 311/511.
DSA Ranks Eighth in State
US News & World Report once again RANKS DSA in the top ten high schools in Georgia for the 2021-2022 school year.  According to the rankings, we're first in the district, fifth in Metro Atlanta, eighth in the state and #284 in the country.  Even during a pandemic DSA has managed to keep academics up and once again place in the top ten.  
DSA Gets Top Marks from the College Board
Congratulations to DSA for being named an AP Access and Support School, an AP Challenge School, an AP School of Distinction, and an AP Expansion School by the College Board as announced by the Georgia Department of Education. We literally qualified in every AP category we were eligible for!  The ones we didn't make were because we don't offer the required AP courses.  Great work students and teachers! You can read the full story in the AJC or HERE.
Satellite Bus Schedule
If your student needs transportation to DSA, there are two shuttle busses to DSA, one leaving from Lakewood High School, and one from Memorial Drive.  You can find the schedule HERE.
Lunch Prices for 2022-2023
Please click on the graphic to see the new lunch prices.

The PTSA Needs Your Support!
Prior PTSA meeting minutes and treasurer reports can be found at the official WEBSITE.  The PTSA supports the school and last year the PTSA did the following: 1) gave out over $5000 in grants to teachers to pay for art supplies, SmartMusic subscriptions for the entire music department, Horton dance instruction, Reading Bowl books, transportation for Drama Ensemble 2) paid for the Parchment subscription so our students can get their official transcripts, 3) paid for TimeCenter to schedule counselor appointments, 4) paid for program printing for Premiere Weekend, 5) supported farewell gifts for our seniors, 6) purchased pizza for SPA Dance and student auditions, 7) provided meals during Teacher/Staff Appreciation week and tokens of appreciation for faculty/staff, 8) supported a back to school picnic, plus many other things.  READ MORE...
Connecting to Canvas for Parents
Parents, if you need help connecting to Canvas, you can find instructions HERE.
Two ways to support DSA through linked partners - Amazon Smiles and Publix
Want to earn free money for DeKalb School of the Arts? Amazon Smiles donates a portion of every purchase from Amazon a charity/program of your choice. Log into Amazaon Smiles HERE. You will select DeKalb School of the Arts, then start shopping. Shoppers do have to go through this site for donations to be collected. It will allow you access to your regular Amazon account. Publix Partners now requires shoppers to go to their website, register a phone number, and select the receiving organization. Click HERE to sign-up. Every time you shop at Publix, enter your phone number to register purchases which generates a donation to DSA. Thanks to these great partners - every dollar helps!  
Information Regarding Obtaining Supporting School Documents for Driving and Working
Driving Permits
Students seeking to obtain a driving permit should obtain a Certificate of School Enrollment form. This form can be obtained from Ms. Howard. Please email her HERE. These forms are only valid for thirty days, so do not request it more than a month in advance.
Driver's License
Students seeking to obtain their driver's license need to request a Certificate of School Enrollment and their ADAP Certificate. The school will only have the ADAP if the student took ninth grade health at DSA. If the student attended another school in ninth grade, then the ADAP form must be obtained from that specific school. Please EMAIL Ms. Howard to obtain these forms. Keep in mind that requests should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the DDS appointment date. Due to the pandemic, in-person document pick-up is limited and must be scheduled. All pick-ups will be scheduled via email with Ms. Howard. 
Work Permits
Students in need of a work permit must follow the Georgia Department of Labor guidelines. Please visit this SITE and follow these instructions. Keep in mind that employment must be secured before a work permit can be processed. Please EMAIL Ms. Howard once these steps have been followed or if there are any questions regarding the process.

Subscribe to DSA's YouTube Channel!
Subscribe to DSA's YouTube channel at  It's a great way to keep up with our latest performances, video announcements, and class projects.
Quarantine Guidance
Please visit this DCSD website if you have questions about the district's guidance on Covid and quarantine.
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