DA at a Glance

Mission

Durham Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school. The purpose of Durham Academy is to provide each student an education that will enable him or her to live a moral, happy and productive life. Learn more about our values.

Beginnings

DA was founded in Durham, N.C., in 1933 as the Calvert Method School, with seven students and one teacher in the Forest Hills Clubhouse. The Academy Road campus was built in the 1950s. In 1959, the school changed its name to Durham Academy, moved to Academy Road in 1966, and also added seventh and eighth grades.

In 1971, Durham Academy purchased 42 acres on Ridge Road, opening the Upper School campus in 1973, and graduating its first high school class in 1975. In 2002, Durham Academy opened a new Preschool and Lower School on the Ridge Road campus. The Academy Road campus now houses the Middle School. 

Overview

  • Pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
  • 1,231 students for 2017-2018. 
  • Four divisions (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School) on three campuses
  • Overall student/faculty ratio: 1:10
Diversity
  • 32 percent are students of color.
  • Ranked in top third for diversity nationwide among peer independent schools. 
  • Recognized for decades of commitment to diversity.
  • Geographic diversity: 
    • Durham - 58%
    • Chapel Hill - 30%
    • Wake County - 7%
    • Triangle area - 5%
Faculty
  • 64 percent have advanced degrees. 
  • Average 19 years of teaching experience. 
  • 17 percent are faculty of color.
  • Faculty also serve as coaches and advisors.

Learn more about DA Faculty

Academics

Student Performance

2016-2017 Middle 50% SAT Scores
  • Critical Reading: 600-730
  • Math: 570-735
  • Writing: 31-36
  • Total: 1205-1455 (out of 1600)
2016-2017 Middle 50% ACT Scores
  • English: 27-35
  • Math: 26-33
  • Reading: 29-34
  • Science Reasoning: 24-33
  • Composite: 26-33 (out of 36)
National-Level Honors
  • 48 National Merit Scholarship finalists over the past 4 years. 
  • 9 Presidential Scholar candidates over the past 4 years.

Class of 2017 at a Glance

Colleges & Universities

Facilities

  • Three campuses on 84 acres.
  • State-of-the-art Preschool and Lower School.
  • New LEED Standard Upper School Learning Commons.
  • Upper School Kirby Gym renovated and expanded in 2013.
  • Desktops, laptops, iPads and computer labs for student use.
  • 15 science labs equipped with state-of-the-art microscopes, thermal cyclers, spectrophotometers, computer software, electrophoresis equipment, microtechnology and engineering power tools.
  • Three performing arts centers, each with 350-plus seats.
  • Eight athletic fields for baseball, softball, cross-country, track, lacrosse and soccer. 
  • Six tennis courts, three gymnasiums.
  • Three libraries with 47,000+ collections and 24/7 online access to research databases.
  • EPA AHERA compliant.

Athletics

  • 43 athletic teams in 20 different sports.
  • More than 80 percent of students in grades 7-12 participate in athletics.
  • 1 NCISAA state championship and 11 NCISAA championship runner-up finishes since 2010.
  • Approximately 20 athletes from classes of 2014-2017 currently on college rosters.  
2016-2017 Athletics Highlights
  • 58 TISAC All-Conference athletes
  • 18 NCISAA All-State athletes 
  • 3 All-American athletes

Visit DA's Athletic Hall of Fame

Arts & Activities

Arts
  • Vibrant, dynamic arts program for students pre-k through grade 12 featuring performing arts, fine arts and digital arts. 
  • Offerings include art, choral music, dance, drama, fine arts, instrumental music, movement, music, photography, filmmaking and visual art. 
Student Activities

Service

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid
  • More than $2 million in financial aid awarded in 2017-2018. 
  • Awards based on family need, ranging from $1,000 to nearly a full year's tuition. 
  • Average award was $14,682 in 2016-2017. 
  • Nearly 11 percent of DA students received some form of aid in 2016-2017. 
Tuition Range

$14,530 - $25,170 for 2017-2018.

Alumni

DA's 5,000-plus alumni living around the globe comprise a network that has proven to be invaluable for DA graduates.

Learn about alumni award recipients

DA Contacts

Michael Ulku-Steiner 
Head of School

919-489-6569 (x6102) 

 

Victoria Muradi
Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
919-489-3400 (x2111)


Lori Reade 
Associate Director of Admissions
919-489-9118 (x4103) 


Kemi Nonez 
Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and Admissions Counselor
919-489-6569 (x6111) 

An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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