Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

DCPS School

3500 R St. NW 202-282-0123

8:30 a.m.-4:55 p.m.

Not required
Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Duke Ellington School of the Arts is the only high school in the District of Columbia that combines a full college-preparatory curriculum with intensive pre-professional arts training. With the support of its partners, Ellington serves diverse and talented students from all wards of the city. Students are admitted through an audition and interview process into one of eight majors.

Advanced Placement
Extended Day

AP & Honors Courses, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Model UN, Show Choir

This is one of six DCPS high schools that have specific admissions requirements and selection criteria. Click HERE to learn more.

• DESA is the premiere arts high school in the country and is known internationally for its incredible pre-professional arts training and college-preparatory scholarship
• DESA students train for 15hr/wk in pre-professional arts training
• This year alone, four DESA alum were nominated for Tony Awards: Lulu Fall, Sumayya Ali, Corey Hawkins and Carolyn Clay


Student Proficiency Levels

  • 10%
  • 39%
  • 42%
  • 10%

Student Proficiency Levels

  • 17%
  • 12%
  • 25%
  • 39%
  • 7%
  • Did not yet meet expectations

  • Partially met expectations

  • Approached expectations

  • Met expectations

  • Exceeded expectations

  • 76.5%  Black, non-Hispanic
  • 1.9%  Asian
  • 11.0%  Hispanic / Latino
  • 0.4%  Native American / Alaska Native
  • 0.2%  Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
  • 7.1%  White non-Hispanic
  • 3.0%  Multiracial
Federal and District law require equal access to services for students with special education needs and English Language Learners. For additional information, please contact the Office of the State Superintendent of Education at (202) 727-6436 or at osse@dc.gov.

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3500 R St. NW

Ward 2

Ward 2
30N, 30S, 31, 33, 37, D1, D2, D6, G2