Principal's Message

Welcome to the Southern Delaware School of the Arts website!


At SDSA our Mission is to facilitate student learning and achievement through the arts. We are a unique school in the district.


As principal of the school, it is my pleasure to welcome you to all that SDSA has to offer. We are a magnet school located in the heart of Sussex County Delaware in the Indian River School District. Our program includes both elementary and middle school, running Kindergarten through 8th grade. All students in the district are eligible to apply for School Choice to SDSA.

As a magnet school with an arts focus, we have a truly distinctive perspective on teaching and learning. We strive to include arts integration in every academic unit in all grades. During ARTS and Core classes, students use various art skills and concepts, as well as critical thinking, to further understand all academic subjects and how they relate to the real world. Students here become well versed in five arts forms, including visual arts, dance, drama, instrumental music and vocal music. The students in grades 7 and 8 then specialize in two of these arts before moving on to one of our high quality district high schools. Through this mode of learning, we have garnered several “Superior” ratings.

Here at SDSA, we “Show Respect”, “Dress our Best”, “Strive for Success”, and “Attitude is Everything!”  as we promote a positive environment for staff and students. We know that in today’s world caring about character and developing the gifts and talents of individuals is important. At SDSA we work to show every student how their unique artistic and intellectual character defining gifts are to be valued. We also have high expectations for both our students and their families as we partner with them in their SDSA journey.

I encourage all parents to use this web site as a key communication tool. Please take the time to review important policies such as the uniform policy and the discipline policy with your student. Also, I strongly encourage all parents to complete a “Home Access” form so you can keep abreast of your child’s grades at all times. Working as a team of parents, teachers and administration, we can assure that all students will find success here at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts, “Where Imagination Takes Flight!”

Mrs. Barkley Heck


Southern Delaware School of the Arts