Award Year: 2021

Southern Delaware School of the Arts

27 Hosier Street
Selbyville, DE, 19975-9300

(302) 436-1066

Mr. Travis Bower, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Indian River School District

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The mission of Southern Delaware School of the Arts is to facilitate student learning and achievement through the arts for all grade levels and courses.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
SDSA students showcasing their dance talents on stage.

SDSA students showcasing their dance talents on stage.

The mission of Southern Delaware School of the Arts allows for all involved to have their imagination take flight. Creativity and ingenuity allow for all students and staff to grow, becoming well-rounded individuals dedicated to learning through the arts. Students are immersed in a culture where cross-curricular activities are designed with art standards and lessons infused into them which allows students to express their creativity and talents. This allows them to dive deep into the content area and maximize their learning potential. Backed by a dedicated PTO and community, each student is provided with opportunities to shine and showcase their artistic abilities throughout all they do, both on and off the stage. School leaders empower and support staff to utilize technology and online platforms to make blended-learning lessons that are engaging, art-enriched, and meaningful in order to focus on whole-child instruction.

Safety protocols surrounding the pandemic severely restricted artistic endeavors as arts teachers shifted from teaching in their classrooms to teaching in elementary classrooms. This eliminated the ability to share instruments and resources to prevent possible exposure. When restrictions began to be lifted, the arts team worked to develop a plan to hold spring performances while ensuring the safety of students and community. Working closely with the Department of Public Health, the staff created a detailed protocol, and the school became one of the only schools in the State of Delaware to hold spring performances, which quickly rekindled the spirit of the school and its mission.