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DECA is a non-traditional charter high school singularly focused on preparing first-generation urban students to go to college.


Nearly 100% of our graduates go on to pursue higher education.

What distinguishes DECA from other urban high schools is the "we will go to college" mindset. Since the school's inception in 2003, DECA students have:

  • earned over 5,000 college credit hours while in high school
  • earned $7.6 million in scholarships and grants
  • completed 30,340 volunteer service hours

An investment in our youth...
an investment in our community.

As prospective first generation college graduates, DECA students have unlimited ambition and untapped potential. DECA is a pipeline not only to Ohio colleges but also to the Ohio professional workforce.

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Want a professional, yet flexible part-time job? Substitute teach in an award-winning school!

The Dayton Early College Academy and its partner elementary school, DECA PREP, are looking for great substitute teachers for all grades and content areas. We have well-disciplined schools and need talented college graduates to substitute. If you have a four year degree, we are interested in talking with you. Often, we can review your credit hours and apply for an Ohio substitute's license. Of course, retired teachers and those teachers wanting to work a flexible schedule would be welcomed! Substitutes earn over $100 per day and can pick the days they want to work.

Please contact Grace Brown at gbrown@daytonearlycollege.org or call 937-610-0110 for more information.


DECA PREP is a K-6 school designed to immerse students in a personalized, rigorous elementary curriculum to assure they will succeed in high school and college — and beyond!

Click here to read more.

DECA was recently audited by the State of Ohio Auditor's Office and received the highest opinion available.

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The Dayton Early College Academy, Inc. | 300 College Park | Dayton, OH 45469-2930
High School Phone: 937-229-5780 | Junior High School Phone: 937-229-5781 | School Fax: 937-229-5786

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