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DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts

Dekalb County Schools

Dr. LaTonya Donald and DESA students
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Welcome to DESA
Welcome to DESA
Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!
We know you will LOVE DESA!
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2023-2024 School Year Information
2023-2024 School Year Information
We are a K-8 Special Interest Magnet School. All students participate in the arts (dance, drama, music, & visual arts).
*School Hours 8:00 am - 2:40 pm
*Car riders drop off begins at 7:20 am
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Audition Information for grades 4-8
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What's Happening at DESA
What's Happening at DESA
Save the date for Open House
Aug. 3, 2023
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(revised 7.18.23) 
Open House for Gr. K-3 & 6: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 
Open House for Gr. 4-5 & 7-8: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
Save the date for the 1st Day of School 
Aug. 7, 2023  
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Mission & Vision

The vision of the DeKalb County School District is to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence. Our mission is to ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and life-long learning. We are making this vision and mission a reality – every day, in every classroom throughout the District.

Through community forums, focus groups, listening sessions, and more, we have engaged our stakeholders, refined our objectives, honed our procedures, and formulated a robust, highly-structured yet agile and adaptive strategic plan. We are pleased with the progress we have made thus far, and excited about the future – of our District, our community, and, most importantly, the 100,000+ students who daily bring to us their limitless potential.

The District has created performance measures, targets, and initiatives to ensure success in each goal area. A monitoring and data collection process has been developed, and rigorous progress check procedures have been implemented. At the local level, on-going training sessions are offered to all principals in order to support the work of aligning, refining, monitoring, and evaluating the continuous improvement efforts of each individual school.

As a community of learners, we are committed to excellence in everything we do – within the classroom and throughout the District. This continuous improvement process permeates each aspect of our Strategic Plan, and we are honored to partner with you to make it a reality for all.