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Class of 2023

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for our first Senior Class Parent Meeting (11/9/22). Below are copious notes from matters that were addressed. Please read carefully.

(Please remember your scheduled appointment date and time: November 19 or December 2)
Please enter through the main entrance and you will be directed to the Lower Level.
Pictures will be taken in the Performance Hall.
The Holding Area for waiting and dressing will be across the hall in Black Box.
Mirrors and Restrooms will also be available to you.
For additional information, please email Ms. Harper,

Basic: $20 tux/ drape plus 1 outfit
Standard: $30 tux and drape plus 2 outfits
Deluxe: $40 plus 3
Ultimate: $50 plus 4
**Each level includes the tux and drape.

Additional dates have been confirmed for any senior who was unable to schedule an appointment or had tremendous conflicts. Those dates will go LIVE on the Prestige Photography by Lifetouch website in the coming days. Please keep a close lookout:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17 (9:30 a.m. – 2: 45 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 (9:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Jan. 21 (9:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.)


A note from Mr. Davis (12th-grade Guidance Counselor)

On September 6, 2022, I sent out an email detailing the college process. Parents, in that email I also shared that we have a partnership with the Educational Opportunity Center, a program of the College Board that will work with you and your child(ren) with the college admissions, financial aid, and scholarship process. The person is Mr. Brian Smith who may be reached at . I continue to offer my assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well. Lastly, I have completed a generic recommendation letter for all students. If you desire yours to be specific to you, a brag sheet is required. The FINAL day for recommendation letters for the class of 2023 is December 1, 2022. Any parent who would like to meet with me, please send me an email, to meet in person, via Zoom, or Teams until a formal parent meeting has been confirmed.

All colleges/universities that you are applying to should be noted in Naviance under the “Colleges I am applying to” tab. From there, Mr. Davis will send transcripts and counselor recommendations weekly, processing every Tuesday.

The Black Common Application fee waiver (promotional code) is: osse2023.

The Common Application fee is waived IF you completed a form with Mr. Brian Smith from Educational Opportunity Center or the form on this link:


The senior class has been meeting in-house every month since September. We send out senior class information via our weekly newsletter and Naviance. All Parents (should) have access to Naviance. Please visit this website Sign in ( to create an account under the school name (Duke Ellington School of the Arts). If you have difficulty signing in, please contact Mr. Larry Davis (12th-grade guidance counselor) at next week. If you are not receiving communication from us, please email Mr. Watkins,

ARTS FEES ($200/year; a requirement for Graduation)

We are working to secure a spreadsheet that includes the payment history of every senior. If you’d wish to get ahead of the game to know where you currently stand, please feel free to send an email to You may also email Ms. Shaw, If you know that you need assistance with paying off your arts fees, please include Ms. Clovis,


Generally, a financial sum helps to cover/defray costs for cap and gown, yearbook, and sometimes prom venue. We are working to have this amount for you by Dec. 1. Please note it could be somewhere between $75 – $150. Stand by for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS (100 hours MUST be completed for Graduation)

Please check in with Mr. Davis/Director Hayden to ensure your hours are accurate and documented. There is nothing wrong with acquiring more than 100 hours. Scholarships and other opportunities can arise as a result of having more than the required 100 hours. For more information on opportunities, please email Mr. Davis or Mr. Edge,

Our 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held at Ellington, as is our custom.
DCPS has not given us a date yet. Once we have that date, we can follow up on ticket distribution/senior.

Details Pending

Seniors are currently voting on themes with their Class Council. Date and venue are TBA.


Senior Class – Monday, Dec. 5 @ 11:30 a.m. (In-Person), Parents – Monday, Dec. 12 @ 6:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Soon we will be taking measurements for caps and gowns. Please email Mr. Watkins (Lead Senior Class Advisor) if you have any additional questions/concerns. We are truly here to help and make this last year the BEST year!

Thank you for all that you do to support your children and show trust in our leadership. We love you madly. Peace!

Senior Advisory Committee

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