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About This School

Dunbar Creative Performing Arts is a public middle school in Mobile. The principal of Dunbar Creative Performing Arts is Mrs Debra Graves Smith, who can be contacted at dgsmith@mcpss.com. 543 children attend Dunbar Creative Performing Arts and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 69% of the 543 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Dunbar Creative Performing Arts is 15:1. Calloway Smith Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 59% 51%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 44%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 1%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 65%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is awesome im in 7th grade and a previous dunbar magnet school student when I tell you this school is awesome its awesome

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a 8th grader at Dunbar Magnet School. This is a very good school to place your children in. It really increases your learning abilities. it also alows you to have fun. Here we have differnt electives. Dance drama band and many more. At dunbar we do have rules. you must have a certain grade average to preform. Yes all of our elective classes do preform. Here we like to show off our good classmates and arts teacher. So please come out and look around. We would love to have you. } A.E 2009-2010

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently a student at dunbar and I am in the eight grade.honestly i think my mother could not have made a better choice than to send me to dunbar.I have been there since the fith grade and i had a rocky start being accepted for who i am but everyone seemed to like me as the year went on.I love the arts they are so much fun and they give you a break from academics all the time.I give my greatest credit to the choral and piano department.Ms. Gaye Goodard is an angel sent from heaven to teach children the art of music.Any child that can't maintain a 70 average maybe their parents need to rethink applying for A magnet program

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a student at dunbar Creative and Performing arts magnet school and we get a completly different side then the parents do. The academic program is that of a home school not of a magnet school and then they try to give projects to make up for it. The dicipline is way off from where it should be. and the other students have no respect for thier classmates. The art programs are about the only thing dunbar gets much credit for. But if your not in the higher levels its the same as almost not being in them at all. Dunbar is divided into cliques and most of the time races are seperated by the students. I am looking forward to the end of this year being here. I have been here since 4th grade and I'm now entering the 8th.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had 4 students in Dunbar. It has it's good points and bad points. For the most part I think the teachers are ok some better than others of course. There was only one that I think really did a disservice to the children. I think the principal is a really great woman that cares about the children. I think she has had alot to deal with though and am glad she is getting some help with an assistant principal though. Most of the staff are very nice and helpful. There is only one staff member that I have had issues with and in my opinion if she doesn't like you she will have it in for you.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have 2 children attending Dunbar. We have only had problems with 1 teacher in the 3 years that we have been there and the problem was handled promptly by the principal to our satisfaction. The projects get a little out of hand at times - especially with 2. Dunbar is the creative and performing arts school -- all of those are great. Dance and strings have great teachers. Who doesn't like to watch their child perform? ) Parents are involved and know kids by name. Safety has never been an issue. Discipline is handled appropriately. Come dance with us!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school could improve alot. The truth is they don't work hard enough to keep your child in tune with everything. The teachers are uneducated and the staff is very rude and very obnoxious i believe. They don't let the children breath take me seriously. You dont want your child to go here. They are unorganized. In need of serious help. My child goes here and she is leaving since it is her eighth grade year. She says she couldn't have asked for more. The only thing they get appriciation on is their arts and the arts teacher. They are wonderful. Wonderful. Especially the choral department.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school however they could keep the parents a little more in tune to events or even the lunch menu. That typically gets sent home after the month that it is planned for is almost over. The staff is very caring. I know that projects are a big part of school now but they could however have it to where a child doesn't have several due in the same week. They already have so much other homework that has to be done. It sometimes gets a little overwhelming cost wise to have to pay out the money so often to buy the things that they need to do the projects that end up in a closet or destroyed. It is my opinion that a couple of projects a year is plenty not 5 or 6 a quarter. Give us stuggling parents a break.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a really great school teaching kids to find their talents in the arts however when it comes to communication between staff and parents they don't send out information with enough time for the parents to know. I have called the office a few times. I do believe that they could improve in this area.

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