Denver School of the Arts

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Denver School of the Arts
DSA Rotunda (on East side of building)
7111 Montview Boulevard, Denver, Colorado
United States
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Type Magnet Secondary
Established late 1980s
School district Denver Public Schools
Dean Jorge Loera
Principal William Kohut
Staff 72[1]
Grades 6 to 12
Enrollment 1,100
Color(s) Black and white, in addition to a separate color for each major         
Athletics none
Mascot The white Siberian tiger
Superintendent Tom Boasberg

Denver School of the Arts (DSA) is a comprehensive secondary arts magnet school (grades 6-12) within the Denver Public School District. In addition to pursuing a rigorous academic program, DSA students engage in intensive studies within one of 11 arts majors - Bands, Creative Writing, Dance & Movement, Guitar, Orchestra, Piano, Stagecraft & Design, Theatre, Video Cinema Arts, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music. DSA is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts in a culturally diverse, academically challenging environment. Founded in the late 1980s, DSA was a pioneer of the magnet school concept.


Denver School of the Arts began as a concurrent program at Manual High School, but was eventually transformed into a fully staffed school in the former Byers Middle School at 150 South Pearl Street - the former site of Byers Mansion. During the 2003-2004 school year, DSA moved to its permanent home at 7111 E. Montview Boulevard, the former site of the Colorado Women's College and the Lamont School of Music. DSA continues to provide rigorous academic and arts training to its students, and it consistently ranks among the top high schools in the state of Colorado.


DSA serves both middle school and high school students. Graduating class sizes are small, with approximately 140 students comprising the Class of 2014.

Audition process

DSA requires an audition for prospective students competing to join one of its eleven offered majors, which include Creative Writing, Dance, Instrumental Music (Bands, Orchestra, Piano and Guitar), Stagecraft and Design, Theatre, Video Cinema Arts, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music. DSA maintains rigorous academic and artistic standards, and a student with deficiencies may be placed on artistic or academic probation, with the eventual possibility of losing his or her position at DSA.

Notable alumni

Extracurricular activities


Extracurricular activities include Tri-M Music Honor Society, International Thespian Society (ITS), National History Day (NHD), Destination Imagination (DI), Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Black History Month, Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), and other clubs. DSA has an active National Honor Society (NHS) program, emphasizing both academic excellence and community service. DSA also has an award-winning Speech & Debate team.


There are many performance opportunities for students from the performing arts majors, including large events such as Orff's Carmina Burana, and Elton John's Aida.


There are no extracurricular sports programs offered at Denver School of the Arts. DSA students are encouraged to participate in sports programs at other Denver high schools and middle schools.


External links


Arts departments