Raleigh Academy

DECS Raleigh Academy

Welcome to Raleigh Academy!  Raleigh Academy is located at 5905 Raleigh Street in West Duluth and serves approximately 300 students grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade and is full of dedicated teachers and staff.  We are focused on academic and personal excellence for every student.


Raleigh Academy is a neighborhood school that has a safe and welcoming atmosphere which operates around our school guidelines “BE SAFE, BE KIND, and BE RESPONSIBLE”.   Kindergarten, first and second grade make up our Primary Academy focusing on our goal of all students reading at grade level by third grade.  The Elementary Academy, third, fourth and fifth grade continue with strong core programming in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.  Students that need additional support in Math, Reading or with their Behavior skills have a chance to be a part of our Response To Intervention (RTI) process.  This assures we are addressing the needs of every student.

Students at Raleigh Academy have the opportunity to participate in Art, Physical Education, Music and Spanish.  Most students have two subjects every day.  Raleigh Academy students are also working to become digital citizens utilizing technology as an educational tool in our INNOVATION STUDIO and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Learning Lab.

We work hard to create a school climate this is reflective of our core values -- respect, responsibility, compassion, justice, integrity, courage, hope and wisdom.  This occurs through a monthly focus on one of the core values that includes lessons in the classes about it.  The end of each month bring a core value assembly where students who have exhibited the core value (as selected by teachers) are celebrated.  Additionally our anti bullying program, Olweus, is a focus in our classrooms.  All staff are trained in this program each year.  A variety of activities and lessons throughout the year help our students understand what they can do if they see someone being bullied and how to respond. Both our core value focus and the Olweus program are part of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework that shapes our school culture.

Participation and involvement from our students’ caregivers is a critical component to our program.  We have an active Parent Advisory Council, Special Education Parent Advisory Council and American Indian Committee.  Additionally parents are afforded each year the opportunity to run for our DPSA School Board.

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Meet the Administration at Raleigh Academy: Danielle Perich (pictured on the right) has been the Principal at Raleigh Academy since 2011. Five (5) years prior she was an Academy Director at the former DECS Kenwood Edison.  Kristin Regas (pictured on the left) has been the Dean of Students since 2014.  Prior to her new role she was a classroom teacher for 14 years.
Kristin Regas, Dean of Students and Danielle Perich, Principal