Our spiritual goal at DAA is to create an environment where staff and students creatively encourage each other towards an authentic relationship with God. Where faith, hope, and love are actively sought and cherished. Where Biblical values are pursued, not as a burden, but as the context of restorative grace.
If you play a wind or a stringed instrument and you would like to continue to develop that skill, you are invited to join our band and/or strings ensemble. If you enjoy singing, we would be happy to have you join our choir. For those with no musical background but with interest in developing this ability, our handbells choir offers an excellent opportunity to grow quickly. Finally, if you would like to continue developing your musical skills but not joining any of the programs, we offer private lessons and practice rooms.
Along with the above for-credit opportunities, students are invited to become a part of the weekly worship music team(s) that support our worship services, assembly programs, chapel experiences and other gatherings.
The Knights (our mascot) of DAA are well respected and competitive, no matter what sport or team. DAA has competitive teams of Boy’s Basketball, Girl’s Basketball and Girl’s Volleyball that play against several local teams, plus they compete in an annual tournament at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. All students are welcome to try out for the teams. There is a $200 fee per sport.
DAA also has a very active Intramural sports program three night a week for boys and girls including: basketball, volleyball, futsal, floor hockey, badminton and pickleball. If enough students show interest, we have also included soccer.
TinHeads Robotics Club
Robotics Club is open to anyone interested in participating. Students build a programmable robot and compete in First Robotics competitions. DAA hosts a competition on campus for all of the North Dakota First Robotics teams and competes in an Adventist Robotics league in Orlando, Florida.
WildFire Drama Club
This club is open to any student wishing to participate. WildFire is a drama ministry based on Psalms 104:4 “He makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.” Students share the gospel in skit form. Students perform children’s stories at church services.
Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday we have worship services. Praise Team leads the music. Students with musical ability – either voice or instrumental – are encouraged to be a part of a Praise Team. DAA proudly assists our students in taking leadership roles that cater to their talents.
The Student Association (SA) is an association in which student leaders are elected by their peers’ votes. This group leads student events throughout the year. Banquets, socials, and parties, as well as various school activities, are a part of this group’s responsibilities.
National Honor Society
You excel. You serve. You lead. You succeed. You have a true thirst for challenge … and accomplishment. Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) may be an ideal fit for you! You can become a member through a local selection process that concludes with induction into the school’s National Honor Society chapter.
Students in grades 10–12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.
Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NHS
Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs
Both clubs are made up of all students in the student body. Members elect leaders: President, Spiritual VP, Social VP, Village Representative, and Secretary/Treasurer. These leaders are responsible for planning club and school events such as banquets, Saturday night activities, club retreats, and church services.