Stivers School for the Arts has been called the “Crown Jewel” of the Dayton Public School System. Stivers has been acknowledged as a school of excellence and a school of promise (no gap in ahcievement between race or gender). Despite the fact that more than 90 percent of Stivers students are considered economically disadvantaged, it is recognized as one of the Top High Schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Stivers offers programs in eight arts magnet areas: music (band, orchestra, piano, choir), dance, creative writing, theater and visual arts, as well as a full range of college preparatory academics. Special features of the Stivers programming include weekly individualized instruction, special seminars, master classes, and extensive opportunities for performance and creative expression.