Southern Delaware School of the Arts
 Date updated - Summer 2018
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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: Travis Bower
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

Grade 14949
Grade 24850
Grade 34849
Grade 45656
Grade 55556
Grade 65655
Grade 75656
Grade 84753

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School Promotion by Grade

Grade 1100.0%
Grade 2100.0%
Grade 3100.0%
Grade 4100.0%
Grade 5100.0%
Grade 6100.0%
Grade 7100.0%
Grade 8100.0%

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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

African American4.6%4.3%
American Indian0.7%0.9%

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Other Student Characteristics

English Language Learner5.5%
Low Income15.6%
Special Education7.9%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%

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Recently Arrived ELL Students

Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment1

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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2017-18)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances

District Expenditure per Pupil (2015-16)


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District Sources of Revenue (2015-16)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2015-16)

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Exemplary Programs
The Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) is a K-8 magnet school in the Indian River School District. Our mission is to is to facilitate student learning and achievement through the arts. SDSA students are creative and expressive. During their matriculation they will experience studio art courses, which include drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. 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. The vocal and instrumental music 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 both traditional approaches and through arts integration 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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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 K-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 integral 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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