The Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) is an open-enrollment, high performing public charter school serving 1,300 students K-12 who live in Dayton's most underserved communities.  DECA's three campuses are singularly focused on helping children from the city of Dayton gain the skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.   

Free. Public.  Open to all students living within the boundaries of the Dayton Public School system. 


Our mission is to prepare future college graduates today to become the leaders of our community tomorrow.  In a world with too few of them, we know the difference a quality education can make for every child.  


We strive to ensure every child in Dayton, who wants to earn a college degree, has the opportunity to do so.  In practice, we do this by living out our core values. 


PUT STUDENTS FIRST in every decision we make;

DEMAND SUCCESS by establishing expectations that help our students achieve their goals;

INVEST DEEPLY IN RELATIONSHIPS because we are better together than we are apart; 

DO WHAT'S RIGHT especially when it's hard; 

PROVE EDUCATION CHANGES LIVES with the work that we do with our students every day; 

FIND JOY in all things - big and small, good and bad.