Southern Delaware School of the Arts
 Date updated - Summer 2015
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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: Heather Bethurum
AYP: Met
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2013-142014-15
Kindergarten4444
Grade 14647
Grade 24747
Grade 34747
Grade 45553
Grade 55554
Grade 65851
Grade 75157
Grade 84946
Total452446


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School Promotion by Grade

2013-14
Kindergarten100.0%
Grade 197.8%
Grade 297.9%
Grade 3100.0%
Grade 498.2%
Grade 5100.0%
Grade 6100.0%
Grade 7100.0%
Grade 8100.0%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2013-142014-15
African American4.9%4.9%
American Indian0.4%0.4%
Asian1.8%1.8%
Hawaiian0.2%0.2%
Hispanic/Latino8.4%10.3%
White83.2%80.5%
Multi-Racial1.1%1.8%


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Other Student Characteristics

2013-142014-15
English Language Learner3.1%3.1%
Low Income21.0%18.4%
Special Education6.6%5.6%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%N/A


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2014-15
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment0


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2014-15)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2013-14)

$12,352

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District Sources of Revenue (2013-14)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2013-14)




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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. All teachers and administrators 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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