While grounded in its 128-year tradition, DSHA is committed to a progressive, innovative, and departmentally integrated approach to education. Highly intentional about all aspects of the DSHA experience, the school recognizes the imperative to combine strong academics and superb college preparation with a deliberate and successful commitment to the development of the whole person.

The result is a school-wide commitment to grounding students in an understanding of and ability to manage their own whole-person wellness – intellectual, spiritual, physical, and mental/social/emotional during high school years and beyond. Woven into curriculum, structure of schedule, and co-curricular programming, this approach promises a life-long impact on the formation of each student.