Southern Delaware School of the Arts
 Date updated - Spring 2014
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District: Indian River School District Telephone: (302) 436-1066
Address: 27 Hosier Street, Selbyville DE 19975 Web: Southern Delaware School of the Arts Page
Principal: Neil Beahan
AYP: Met
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2012-132013-14
Kindergarten 44
Grade 14446
Grade 24647
Grade 34847
Grade 45355
Grade 55455
Grade 65558
Grade 75551
Grade 85249
Total407452


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School Promotion by Grade

2012-13
Grade 197.7%
Grade 2100.0%
Grade 3100.0%
Grade 498.1%
Grade 5100.0%
Grade 6100.0%
Grade 7100.0%
Grade 8100.0%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2012-132013-14
African American4.9%4.9%
American Indian 0.4%
Asian2.0%1.8%
Hawaiian0.2%0.2%
Hispanic/Latino5.2%8.4%
White86.2%83.2%
Multi-Racial1.5%1.1%


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Other Student Characteristics

2012-132013-14
English Language Learner0.2%3.1%
Low Income31.0%31.6%
Special Education7.9%6.6%
Enrolled for Full Year98.5%N/A


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2012-13
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment0


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2013-14)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2012-13)

$11,963

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District Sources of Revenue (2012-13)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2012-13)




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Exemplary Programs
We have several Arts offerings for students in all grades at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Our Visual Art classes include drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. Emphasis in these classes are on critical thinking and creative response. The Dance program teaches the art of dance through creating, performing, and viewing other performers. Students learn a variety of styles including ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. In Drama, students study character development, story enactment, improvisation, production, direction, and stage technology. Creative problem-solving and group interaction are also emphasized. The Vocal and Instrumental programs teach basic music concepts and allow for inclusion in band, chorus, show choir, and rock band ensembles. Students experience a more concentrated emphasis on performance in grades 6-8 as they transition to major and minor art classes.

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Curriculum Highlights
SDSA's Mission is to "Promote student achievement by learning through the Arts." Students learn in their core academic classes through traditional approaches and an Arts component for each academic unit in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. This Arts Integration approach is used to address multiple learning modalities while using brain researched strategies. Through this approach, students are offered opportunities to extend and refine their thinking while also being offered individual differentiation. SDSA adheres to the Indian River School District's curriculum in all academic areas. This curriculum is aligned with Common Core State Standards and grade level expectations. All teachers and administration monitor and analyze student data through Professional Learning Communities. This data is used to drive instruction within the heterogeneous classrooms.

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Other
SDSA provides a unique learning opportunity for students by integrating the Arts to develop higher order thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills and to connect to real-world experiences. This grade 1-8 district magnet school accentuates both academics and artistic excellence and is the only school of its kind in Sussex County. The uniform code, positive school culture, and the desire to offer all students success through differentiation have all contributed to our success. Parental involvement has always been an itegral part of the SDSA family We encourage parent participation in our very-active PTO, which helps to offset costs involved with updating technology, paying for field trips and programs, and classroom supplies.

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