Durham Academy's mission — to equip each child "to live a moral, happy and productive life" — is at the center of everything we do, and through diverse extracurricular programs, that experience extends beyond the confines of classroom walls and the regular school day.
Through a schoolwide emphasis on character education and service to others, students learn the principles of citizenship and develop a passion for performing good works — not for any extrinsic reward, but for the good of their community and world.
We help children become confident and skillful thinkers and explorers through such activities as our outdoor education program, which builds students' skills over a number of years and fosters teamwork and grit, and we aim to broaden their horizons through myriad international travel opportunities.
After-school and summer programs offer students opportunities to dive deep into interests and stretch themselves in new ways. Highly acclaimed chess and debate programs teach life skills like sportsmanship, public speaking and critial thinking.
Durham Academy is a place where children can safely engage with the world and ideas, meet high standards and learn to take risks.