Established in 1981 and graduating its first senior class in 1986, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School (“DFA”) is a public magnet school in the Richmond County School System currently serving more than 800 students in grades 6-12. Students are admitted on selective criteria based upon prior school record, good character, and an audition in five fine arts areas - music, dance, drama, art, and creative writing. Formed on the ideal that talent is not racially or economically linked and that all students should have equal opportunities, the student body is comprised of students from every corner of Richmond County, Georgia without regard to gender, race or income.
Excellence in education achieved through a passion for the fine arts.
To prepare students to accept the highest level of rigor in all areas of their future endeavors.
DFA’s seamless integration of the fine arts and academic studies has won them a ranking amongst the top five high schools in Georgia and the top 100 high schools in the nation. The school offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that provides students with the opportunity to achieve in all disciplines and regularly garners SAT and other standardized test scores that outpace state and national averages. DFA proudly boasts a 100% graduation rate with an average of 98% of its graduating seniors attending a 4-year college.
Consistently ranking as a top school at the state and national levels for nearly 35 years, DFA is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a Georgia School of Excellence, and a Grammy Signature School.
In 1992, DFA cut the ribbon on a new arts building one block from its original location at 1102 Telfair Street. Five years later, students migrated completely to its current home, an old Southern cotton warehouse, at 615 12th Street. Unfortunately, given the limited funds allocated by the Richmond County Board of Education for DFA facilities maintenance and upgrades, Principal Dr. Renee Kelly reports that the school’s current unfunded highest priority needs for facilities and education upgrades and project funding top $200,000.