Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

DCPS School

3500 R STREET NW 202-282-0123

Ben Smith
[email protected]

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

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
Arts Integration
Dual College Enrollment
Extended Day
Selective Program

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

• DESA is the premiere arts high school in the country and is known internationally for its incredible pre-professional arts training and college-prepar
• DESA students train for 15hr/wk in pre-professional arts training
• We are proud that our alumni go on to receive accolades such as nominations for Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards and nominations.


Student Proficiency Levels

  • 18.2%
  • 39.5%
  • 29.1%
  • n<10
  • n<10

Student Proficiency Levels

  • 9.82%
  • 12.2%
  • 17.8%
  • 41.7%
  • 18.2%
  • Level 1: Did Not Yet Meet Expectations

  • Level 2: Partially Met Expectations

  • Level 3: Approached Expectations

  • Level 4: Met Expectations

  • Level 5: Exceeded Expectations

  • 66.3%  Black/African-American
  • 1.4%  Asian
  • 12.1%  Hispanic / Latino
  • <1%  Native American / Alaska Native
  • <1%  Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
  • 15.2%  White non-Hispanic
  • 5%  Multiracial

This school has multiple lottery options, please visit the historic waitlist page HERE for detailed data.
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 [email protected].

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