About DSA Pathways
Through an intentional investment of resources and expertise, the DSA Pathways Initiative offers a rigorous high quality arts education at the Detroit School of Arts (DSA) and its feeder schools - Brenda Scott, Duke Ellington, JR King, and Spain.
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DSA’s curriculum has expanded to include two new majors: Literary Arts and Multimedia Arts. In collaboration with one of its arts partners, DSA provides a free Saturday Arts Academy open to all middle school aged children. In addition, three national partnerships have been created which will provide students with access and training from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, JumpStart Musical Theatre Program and Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
In the fall of 2020, Middle School Arts Conservatories will begin at the four DSA feeders – Brenda Scott, Duke Ellington, JR King, and Spain – linking middle school arts programs throughout the city to the premiere arts high school in Detroit. To make this process easier for students and their families, the District will provide free bus transportation from the four middle schools to DSA, seamlessly connecting the conservatory graduates to their new high school in the heart of Midtown Detroit.
Students in the DSA Pathways will have access to an expanding group – 24 to date – of professional arts organizations offering artist residencies, master classes and workshops by acclaimed professional artists; after-school, weekend and summer arts training opportunities; arts integration for core academic subjects; internships and externships; college dual enrollment classes; curated field trips to major arts institutions; teaching artist mentors; arts entrepreneurship and college-readiness panels; free tickets to performances including talk-backs with performers; guest theatrical directors, choreographers and designers; access to music libraries and instruments.
Aligning the Detroit School of Arts with Duke Ellington, Brenda Scott, JR King, and Spain middle schools provides a clear path from 6th grade through 12th grade for students interested in the arts. Combined with the partnering of professional arts organizations that bring new and innovative programming to Pathways poises DSA to become the premiere arts school in the Tri-County area.