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Devyne Stephens Academy (DSA) is an Accredited Performing Arts Private School that takes a holistic approach to education. We are Accredited With Quality through the Georgia Accrediting Commission which is the highest level of accreditation.

At DSA, academics are the priority with an emphasis on cultivating creativity, athletics, and student life to develop well-rounded scholars. That is why we are actively developing and improving our specialized training and programs in performing arts – which include music, dance, visual arts, theatrical arts, competitive sports and robotics.

Our programs are designed to work with grades K-12. DSA scholars are placed in a small group setting which enables them to matriculate through the academic process at his/her own pace. We offer an individualized therapeutic curriculum that meets the individual needs of each scholar.

Eligible scholars participate in supervised activities on and off campus such as live performances, sporting events, youth dances, field trips and other local community activities.

We are committed to crafting the success of every scholar who enrolls at DSA with programming that facilitates academic excellence, personal and professional development for your promising scholar.

Vision Statement

To build a community of warmth, respect, mutual cooperation, friendship, leadership and compassion for our scholars in order to create a trail of success


Devyne Stephens, who many refer to as the Berry Gordy of this generation, is the taciturn founding father of Atlanta’s mega success on the music landscape.


Stephens, a renowned choreographer, artist development and imaging expert has worked with some of the most successful artists in the world from Toni Braxton, Pink, TLC, Outcast, Usher, Ciara, Mary J Blige, Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani, Boyz II Men, Akon, Lady Gaga, P. Diddy and Jay Z to name a few.

This native Atlantan with roots deep in the community, has always had a passion for giving back. Whether it was giving a sizeable donation to Children’s Healthcare at Hughes Spalding or his Annual Holiday Toy Drive; his goal has remained focused on meeting the needs of At-Risk youth in the community through education while planting seeds through creative arts and entertainment.


As an entrepreneur, Mr. Stephens is the Founder and CEO of Devyne Intervention, a 501(c)3 organization that provides resources to children and families who are less fortunate; and Upfront Megatainment, an entertainment company. 




co-founder & executive director

Dr. Jewell Blackmon is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Devyne Stephens Academy.  She brings over 25 years of experience in education specializing in curriculum development, instructional teaching, staff development and training; and consulting.  She is highly skilled in providing emotional, social, physical and academic support for the growth and development of at-risk and underserved scholars. 

Dr. Blackmon received a Doctorate in Philanthropy from Global International University, a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Clark Atlanta University, AP certifications in Language and Literature; she is GACE certified in Educational Leadership and K-12 English.  Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor, a lead teacher, a high school teacher and an educational trainer.

Dr. Blackmon is a recognized philanthropist.  She was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award by President Biden for her service and contributions and for the impact that she has had on the community.

Dr. Blackmon and her  programs have been highlighted in Billboard, and Rolling Stone magazine.




DSA is a wonderful place for your child to learn because this is a unique learning environment. We have small classrooms where the teacher to student ratio is set up for your child to be successful. If you want your child to get the most out of their education and their academic experience, then enroll your child into DSA. 

-Coach DJ , Boys Basketball Coach

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