• Welcome to DA for the 2021-2022 School Year

    Melanie Hammer

    Dear Student,

    We are excited about beginning another year at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA), and we are pleased that you will be with us for the 2021-2022 school year.  DA is a special school that offers you an opportunity to develop your talent and interest in the arts, as well as excel in the academics.

    Please make sure you have completed your required summer reading before school begins. Students new to DA and taking any online course(s) through Florida Virtual (FLVS), be sure to change your school designation to Douglas Anderson as soon as possible to ensure correct scheduling and proper placement for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Students who are bus riders, must register for transportation before they will be allowed to ride a bus to school. Parents must have a FOCUS account and the FOCUS primary address must be current. Bus registration is now open, and you may access the registration guide through the following link – www.duvalschools.org/busregistration

    Students who are car riders, the only drop off point is in front of the cafeteria building on San Diego Road. Gates open at 7:55 a.m.  All students must report to the cafeteria, patio, or amphitheater for morning supervision.  Students cannot be dropped off on White Avenue, in the bus loading area, or in the senior parking lot at any time. All pick up and drop off will take place in front of the cafeteria.

    Orientation Schedule (Opening Session has been moved to the GYM – off San Diego Rd.)

    • Seniors -    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m.
    • Juniors -    Wednesday, July 28, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m.
    • Sophomores - Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m.
    • Freshmen - Thursday, August 5, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m.

    To participate in orientation, students should arrive promptly at 9:00 a.m. on their designated day and report to the gym for a welcome and instructions. Parking for orientation is in the senior lot located on White Avenue or in the faculty lot off San Diego Rd. The complete orientation process takes approximately two hours.  The school building will close at 12 p.m.  Any student who has not completed the entire orientation process by 12 p.m. will be able to continue on the first day of school – Tuesday, August 10th.

    Please be advised that students with any debt (textbooks, ID fees, etc.) will not be able to pick up materials (ID, schedule, etc.) at orientation until all debts are cleared.  Students are encouraged to clear debts before the orientation dates. Debts can be paid, or materials can be returned to the Front Desk in the Main Office at DA during summer working hours, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    During orientation, all students will receive schedules and picture ID’s (all students will receive new ID’s). Duval County Public Schools now requires students to wear DCPS provided ID’s around their neck at all times while on campus. New students will have their pictures taken during the Gear Up Puffins Transition event on July 19, 20 or 21.

    Student parking will go on sale to seniors only during Senior Orientation and will remain available to only Seniors through August 13. Beginning August 16, any remaining spots will be available for sale to Juniors. Spots must be paid for in person by student/parent and require a copy of a valid Florida or Georgia Driver’s License, car registration, and valid proof of insurance. Students who are on the debt list will not be allowed to purchase a parking pass until all debt is cleared. Cost is $50. The Parking Permit paperwork can be found on the DA website by clicking here. This paperwork must be notarized. A notary is not available at DA.  Only students with payment and completed paperwork will be able to purchase a parking decal. 

    Only students participate in the orientation walk-through process.  During this time, parents/guardians will remain in the theatre for a presentation. If a student is unable to attend orientation, they will be provided all materials on the first day of school. 

    School starts on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Our school hours are 8:25 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. Any student not in attendance during the first three days of school will be removed from the Douglas Anderson roll and enrolled at their neighborhood school.  Students must be in attendance at DA on August 10, 11, and 12 to secure their placement for the 2021-22 school year.

    Looking forward to a great school year,

    Melanie Hammer Signature


    Melanie Hammer

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