Lower School After-School Programs

Lower School Extended Day

Students all meet in the first-floor commons after dismissal at 2:45 p.m. and from there are picked up by their enrichment or Extended Day teacher. Extended Day children are then walked upstairs to the Extended Day classroom to drop off their bags, get checked in and enjoy a healthy snack.

At 3 p.m., two Study Hall teachers (DA faculty) arrive to pick up anyone who has homework and escort them to the study hall area. It is the child's responsibility to choose to attend Study Hall, although Extended Day teachers will encourage everyone who has homework to attend. All children may return to Extended Day once their homework is complete.

Children in Extended Day may play in the classroom, in the gym or on the playground depending on weather and other activities. A variety of games, toys, activities and crafts are available, and staff members are always present to assist children in these activities. Children in the Lower School must be picked up and signed out by 6 p.m. at the latest. See below for enrichment opportunities.

Children may enroll in Extended Day for two, three or five days per week for full days or for five-day with early pickup (4 p.m.). Drop-in care is also available as needed. To drop in, simply notify your child's classroom teacher and make sure to sign your child out before leaving!

2017-2018 Annual Tuition for Extended Day
  • Two days until 6 p.m.: $2,230
  • Three days until 6 p.m.: $3,130
  • Five days until 6 p.m.: $4,590 (*All-Day Care days are free with this contract selection.)
  • Five days until 4 p.m.: $2,255
  • Drop-in until 6 p.m.: $35
  • Drop-in until 4 p.m.: $17.50
  • After-Enrichment Drop-in: $17.50

Contracts are billed through your student account in 9 installments in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. Contracts may be added or canceled at any time, but you will be responsible for paying for the full month in which you add or drop. Contracts that are canceled and then added again are subject to a $100 fee.

Any students enrolled with the five days until 4 p.m. contract or in an enrichment class will be brought to carline in the front of the Lower School at 4 p.m. for pickup.

Study Hall
Teachers in Study Hall are present to do the following:
  • Maintain a quiet atmosphere where students are able to focus and complete their homework. 
  • Keep children on task and keep them from doing activities which prevent them or others from getting their work done. 
  • Be available to answer questions children have regarding their homework.
  • Study Hall is not intended to make sure all children get all of their work completed correctly. Teachers value children taking responsibility for their work (making sure they complete it all) and need to know which areas they are in need of more instruction (completing it correctly). Study Hall teachers are there to help, not to do the students' work for them!
Late Fees

Any students in enrichments or enrolled with the 5 Day until 4 p.m. contract who are not picked up by 4:10 p.m. will be considered a drop-in to the Extended Day program at an additional fee of $17.50/day. If students are not picked up from Extended Day by 6 p.m., an additional $1-per-minute fee will be charged. If you will be late for pickup, please call 919-287-1763 to let us know.

Lower School Enrichments

We really hope that you love the enrichment you signed up for, but in case you do not, you have until Sept. 19 for first-semester classes and Jan. 23 for the second semester to drop an enrichment at no cost. Consider this a trial period.

Fall enrichments will be billed in three equal parts in October, November, and December, and spring enrichments will be billed in three equal parts in February, March and April. 

Awesome Artists 1/2

Awesome Artists for first- and second-graders will introduce students to artwork of contemporary and master artists. Students will have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces in the various styles of the masters, while also exploring styles of their own. We will explore both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work throughout the 14 classes. Each activity will help children build and develop better motor skills, work with different art mediums and learn various techniques to aid in the creative process, while also helping to boost self-confidence and strengthen his or her love of art.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Class will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (14 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • The Tuesday class is limited to first and second grade.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in the Lower School Art Room.
  • The cost of this class is $350.

Instructor

Awesome Artists is taught by Meg Williamson. Ms. Williamson has taught enrichment art classes and art-related camps at schools like Durham Academy, Carolina Friends School and the Expedition School, beginning in 2010. She loves all kinds of art-making and enjoys working with students as they discover, experiment, and grow.

Awesome Artists 3/4

Awesome Artists for third- and fourth-graders will build upon the skills and experiences learned in art class while introducing students to new materials, subjects and artists. This class will allow students to explore art in an individualized manner and a smaller class setting. We will explore both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work throughout the semester. Each activity will help children build and develop better motor skills, work with different art mediums and learn various techniques to aid in the creative process, while also helping to boost self-confidence and strengthen his or her love of art.
This semester, we will take a closer look at community art. We will create sculptures for our school garden and sculptures we can take home. 

Fall 2017 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • The Tuesday class is limited to third and fourth grade.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in the Lower School Art Room.
  • The cost of this class is $300.

Instructor

Pamela McKenney is the Lower School Art teacher at Durham Academy. She has been teaching at DA for six years and loves teaching art! She has a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in art education from Boston University. She loves all art mediums, but particularly loves working with clay. She is passionate about sharing her love of art with students and instilling confidence in every artist!

Chess

Information about Durham Academy's Chess program can be found at www.da.org/chess.

Chinese Language and Culture

The younger that children begin to learn Chinese, the easier it is to master the language. The Lower School Chinese class is designed to introduce both the Chinese language and culture to children living outside of China. The language is taught through children's songs, rhymes, games and activities. The main purpose of this is to motivate children to learn Chinese in a fun way, while allowing them to experience some of the Chinese culture as well. The instructors develop a study plan for each child depending on their learning style and pace with a goal of teaching children the skills, such as speaking and understanding the most common phrases, that are practical for everyday life.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from  2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in room #106.
  • The cost of this class is $300.
  • For new students, an additional CD-ROM, priced at $20, can be purchased at the first class for the most effective home review.
Instructors

Ms. Tonya Shyu is native Chinese, and a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Certified Teacher. She was professionally trained at the Early Childhood Teacher Education in Taiwan. She was a full-time teacher for over 10 years in Taiwan before moving to the U.S. She is now a teacher at Cary Chinese School. She also previously taught at Chapel Hill Chinese Language and Culture School, and the Raleigh Chinese Language School, where she received the Best Teacher Award.

Ms. Alison Kum established the Extended Day Chinese program at DA in 2006 and has continued to work with the program since. Previously, Ms. Kum was vice principal at the Cary Chinese School, where she assisted the founders in school buildup. Also, she was the vice principal at the Durham Chinese School, where she assisted in setting up the Chinese preschool program. You can contact Ms. Kum at alisonngai@yahoo.com or 919-308-6388.

Chorus

The Durham Academy Lower School Chorus is open to all interested second- through fourth-grade students who love to sing. We will have lots of fun, and learn a variety of musical styles and genres. Students will improve their singing voices, make memories and make new friends, all while learning to work together to blend their voices and create beautiful music. The Chorus members will perform at fall sharing assemblies, and we’ll also have an end of semester performance.

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Lower School Chorus. 

Fall 2017 Session

  • Chorus will meet on Wednesdays from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Brumley Performing Arts Building.
  • The cost of this class is $227.50.
  • Chorus is open to second through fourth grade.
  • There must be at least 12 students registered in order to hold this class.
  • Pick-up will be by the Library and Performing Arts Building. Any child not picked up by 4:10 p.m. will go to Extended Day.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he is thrilled to be DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has seven years of music teaching experience in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Fencing - Mid-South Fencers' Club

On guard! Fencing class is about having fun while developing a basic understanding of competitive Olympic fencing. This course is designed to enhance coordination and general physical ability through fencing and fencing-related games. Safety is always emphasized, and equipment is included. Classes are divided by grade level so students are able to learn and practice age-appropriate techniques with their peers.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (11 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Classes will be held in the Lower School Gym.
  • Grades 1, 2 and 3 may take the 2:45 to 4 p.m. class.
  • Grades 3 and 4 may take the 4 to 5 p.m. class.
  • Children in the 4 to 5 p.m. class will be able to attend Extended Day from 2:45 to 4 p.m. at no additional charge while they wait for class to begin.
  • The cost for this class is $275.
  • Pick-up for fencing students is at the Lower School Gym.
Instructor

Jennifer Oldham trained as a competitor and coach at the United States Olympic Training Center for Women’s Sabre in Portland, Oregon. She competed nationally and internationally representing the U.S. Women’s Sabre Team abroad in various team and individual World Cups from 1998-2003. She received her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.S. in counseling psychology at Lewis and Clark College. She is the owner and head coach at Mid-South Fencers Club Inc. Learn more at www.midsouthfencersclub.org

Folk Dancing

Come join Mr. Hoffman for lots of moving, learning, community building and fun on Friday afternoons in the new Folk Dancing enrichment! We’ll practice a variety of folk dances where students will learn about musical patterns, structures and form while getting lots of energy out! We’ll do all kind of circle dances, square dances and line dances from a variety of countries. If you like music, making friends, having fun and moving, then come join the Folk Dancing enrichment!

Watch a video of the Folk Dancing enrichment here!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Class will meet on Fridays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (11 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Music Room.
  • The cost of the classes is $220.
  • In order to hold this class, there will need to be at least eight students registered.
  • Pick-up will be by the Library and Performing Arts Building. Any child not picked up by 4:10 p.m. will go to Extended Day.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he is thrilled to be DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has seven years of music teaching experience in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

GEMS Engineering Club

The founder and director of The GEMS Club says it best: “Girls are vastly under-represented in the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] fields. ... This means that the world at large is missing out on the dreams and contributions of almost half of the population. What problems could be solved, discoveries made or diseases cured when more girls and women are working on our world’s challenges? We will never know unless we invite and encourage more girls to explore these enticing fields.”

Dedicated to building confidence, strengthening math skills, proving science conjectures and exploring technology, The GEMS Club is now at Durham Academy! It's available to girls in first through fourth grades. Yes, you are GEMS — Girls Excelling in Math and Science! 

Fall 2017 Session

  • Monday classes will be held Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes).
  • The cost of the Monday class is $360.
  • Wednesday classes will be held Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • The cost of the Wednesday class is $390.
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Math Café.

Instructor

Nataki McClain, DA's Lower School math specialist, holds a B.A. in elementary education from N.C. Central University and an M.Ed. from UNC-Chapel Hill in math. Mrs. McClain has 18 years of teaching experience in second through fifth grades and is an AIG (Academically Intellectually Gifted)-certified teacher. Contact her at nataki.mcclain@da.org for more details.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run of the Triangle is a chapter of Girls on the Run International, established in 1996. It is an innovative health, education and wellness program that combines training for a 3.1-mile non-competitive run/walk event with life-changing, leadership skill building lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle in girls. The girls meet twice weekly for 12 weeks. The sessions include running workouts and games that teach important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, goal-setting, conflict resolution and healthy decision-making. At the end of the program, all girls participate in a 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk event as a final personal challenge for the season. Crossing the finish line produces a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in everyone!

  • Open to girls ages 8-12.
  • Registration can be found on the Girls on the Run website. Fall registration will open August 29.
  • Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 26 to Dec. 7.
  • Spring: Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 6 to May 3.
  • Sessions are held from 2:45 to 4 p.m. at the Lower School.

Note: Registration is on the Girls on the Run website ONLY on a “first come, first serve” basis and conducted by Girls on the Run of the Triangle at www.gotrtriangle.org. Check the website for fees, registration dates and instructions!

Pick-up will be under the Lower School Library; it would be best to park at Brumley Performing Arts Building.

Group Piano

Learning the language of music is like any other language — there are fundamentals that have to be mastered. To some, these fundamentals of music can be boring, to others daunting. This class is to provide a platform where fun and interactive activities can be implemented to help students learn the basics of music, quite possibly without the student even realizing they are learning! You will need to have a keyboard or piano in the home to practice on during the week, and yes, some home practice would be essential for mastery of the material covered. This class is for beginners. 
Fall 2017 Session
  • Class will meet on Thursdays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Group Piano for first and second grade runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in #108.
  • The cost of the class is $314 (this includes a book fee).
Instructor

Jeana Holdstock's love for children and love for teaching is the driving force behind her success at teaching music classes. She is a graduate of CFNI in Dallas, where she studied both voice and piano. She later furthered her studies at The Psalmody Academy of Performing Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. But it is her many years of experience that have given her the ability to find what motivates and challenges her students so that their endeavors at learning the language of music and at learning the art of playing the piano are met with success. "I love teaching piano because it requires the discipline as a teacher to be systematic while at the same time affords me the opportunity to bring creative supplements where needed." 

Guitar Lessons with Mr. Stafford

Children are naturally drawn to music. It creates an atmosphere of fun, interaction and excitement. It has the ability to draw us together and if we nurture that ability, music will provide a lifetime of joy and creative possibilities. These small group lessons will provide instruction on how to play guitar but will also provide an opportunity for students to play along with one another.  

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (14 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in the First Floor Commons.
  • The cost of the class is $280.

Instructor

Mr. Terry Stafford has been playing music since 1974. He has played everything from bluegrass to heavy metal. He is currently playing in a country music-based variety band, Carla Wilson and All-American Country. If you have any questions about this class, please call Mr. Stafford at 919-544-9130 (home) or 919-638-9796 (cell).

Gymnastics All Stars

Each Thursday your child will gain strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and confidence in using all four gymnastics apparatus: vault, bars, beam and floor. Both new and returning students are welcome. All levels of experience are welcome; each child will be challenged according to their specific abilities. In the gymnastics program, the emphasis is on gaining both skill and confidence while having fun in a safe environment.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (12 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in the PS Great Room.
  • The cost of the class is $300.

Instructor

Rebekah Werner coaches the competitive and progressive teams at North Raleigh Gymnastics. She also coached the varsity gymnastics team at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. Mrs. Werner has been teaching preschool, kindergarten, beginner, intermediate and advanced recreational classes since 2001. She has her Safety Certification from USA-Gymnastics (since 1999), where she has been a professional member since 2004. Reach her at rebekah.werner@gmail.com.

Little Veterinarian School

Little Veterinarian School® encourages elementary school children to role play and explore the exciting world of veterinarians. Using interactive demonstrations, crafts and games, kids learn how to take care of a pet and use instruments that real veterinarians use.

Little Veterinarian School® brings medicine, science and the importance of health to children in an entertaining and engaging way. From after school programs to birthday parties and camps, children have fun and learn at the same time. Classes are designed and developed by a team of board-certified and trained physicians.

Visit Little Medical School's website to learn more.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in room #115.
  • The cost of the class is $240.

Instructor

Little Medical School of the greater Raleigh area was started by Olive Lamm, MD, MPH. Olive received her Master of Public Health in nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. She is board-certified in emergency medicine and practiced clinical medicine until she discovered her love for teaching children about rewarding careers in healthcare. All instructors are trained by a certified Little Medical School employee. 

Martial Arts - Quest Center

Martial Arts training is hands-down the best vehicle for teaching the skills that our children need in their lives. Could your child use some practice being confident? Could improved balance and coordination help your child in sports pursuits? Could your child use more focus in school? Martial arts practice teaches and reinforces all of these attributes and many more all while being fun and motivating for your children. Durham Academy and Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts have partnered to provide you with a convenient way to give your child a competitive edge.

Tuesdays at 2:45 p.m., the Triangle's most experienced instructors will provide a To Shin Do martial arts class for your child at Durham Academy during the Extended Day. Help your child unleash their potential! Please visit chquestcenter.com for more information.  

“Both of my boys have worked extremely hard to achieve black belt status at the Quest Center. They started at the age of four and learned at an early age about accomplishing goals with hard work through the stripe/belt progression. They learned self-confidence and self-esteem by their ability to defend themselves and their friends. Students are taught to respect themselves, their teachers, adults and their bodies. They learned about leadership by teaching younger students at the dojo. The skills they have learned at the Quest Center have helped them to become better students, athletes, and young men. I would highly recommend Mr. Hardee and his staff.” - Lori McCain (Durham Academy and Quest Parent)

Fall 2017 Session
  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (14 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in the Lower School gym. 
  • The cost of this class is $350.

Instructor

Classes are taught by Justin Panza. Justin has been teaching at Quest for 7 years. He is a 3rd degree black belt in To-Shin Do and the Youth Director at Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts . If you would like any more information about the program, please contact the Chapel Hill Quest Center at 919-489-8893 or info@ncquestcenter.com.

Math Club

Is your young scholar curious about math? Does he or she love to learn about math in different ways? In its third year, Durham Academy presents the Math Club for second-, third-, and fourth-graders who are fanatic about mathematics! The Math Club is an enrichment-based group that stretches young intriguing minds. Being a member of the Math Club means that students will learn through logic puzzles, origami projects, numbers from all over the world and real-world applications. 

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (14 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in the Math Café.
  • The cost of the class is $280.

Instructor

Nataki McClain, DA's Lower School math specialist, holds a B.A. in elementary education from N.C. Central University and an M.Ed. from UNC-Chapel Hill in math. Mrs. McClain has 18 years of teaching experience in second through fifth grades and is an AIG (Academically Intellectually Gifted)-certified teacher. Contact her at nataki.mcclain@da.org for more details.

Minecraft

Minecrafters will enter into the amazing world of Minecraft for a fun-filled semester of creative building and design, exploration and collaboration. Customizing the Minecraft world requires creativity, project planning, design, problem solving and teamwork. Minecrafters will be provided with access to our private multiplayer servers during class. Whether your gamer prefers creative mode, survival mode, adventure maps, mini-games, or single-player worlds, she/he will have a great time using Minecraft with other gamers in a creative and supportive environment. The game environment will be set to peaceful, and community norms will be established and enforced so the focus of the class will be design, exploration and building. All skill levels are welcome!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (11 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in room #204.
  • Class is limited to second-, third- and fourth-graders.
  • The cost of the class is $220.

Instructor

Minecraft is taught by Michele Gutierrez, Lower School technology coordinator and teacher. Since 1995, Michele has been helping young people develop their computer science, technology and engineering skills through engaging curriculum, after school clubs and summer camps. 

Music Lessons at Durham Academy

Please check out our Music Lesson Information page for details on the following instruments:  

  • Flute
  • Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Violin

If you are interested in studying an instrument for which we do not currently offer instruction, or if you would like more information about these programs, please contact Jackie Nappi, after-school music coordinator, at jackie.nappi@da.org.

Musical Games

Do you like music, and like to play games? If so, this enrichment for first- and second-graders is perfect for you! In each class, we’ll play music games, and introduce new musical games together as a group. Then you’ll have time to choose your own musical games to play in small groups. Students will play singing games, music-based board games, music memory and concentration games, instrument games and more! 

In addition to musical skills, we’ll build skills in strategy, logic, problem solving, social interaction, deduction and analysis. So come join musical games enrichment!

“Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child's play.”
- Carl Orff, Composer and Music Pedagogy Master 

Watch a video of the Musical Games enrichment here!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Class will meet on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (14 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Music Room.
  • The cost of the class is $350.
  • This class is limited to first and second grade.
  • Pick-up will be by the Library and Brumley Performing Arts Building. Any child not picked up by 4:10 p.m. will go to Extended Day.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he is thrilled to be DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has seven years of music teaching experience in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Orff Ensemble

Do you like to play games, sing, move, and play instruments!? Orff is a music pedagogy that uses games, songs, poems, rhymes, dances, and instruments as vehicles to actively learn tangible music skills. In the Orff Ensemble, we’ll use all of these activities to learn music together and apply them using the large xylophones that are spread across the music room. We’ll work together as a whole ensemble, and spend time creating our own music in smaller groups too. 

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Lower School Orff ensemble.

Watch a video of the Orff Ensemble enrichment here!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Class will meet on Mondays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Music Room.
  • The cost of the classes is $300.
  • This class is limited to second, third and fourth grade.
  • Pick-up will be by the Library and Brumley Performing Arts Building. Any child not picked up by 4:10 p.m. will go to Extended Day.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he is thrilled to be DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has seven years of music teaching experience in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Play-Well TEKnologies-STEM Challenge with LEGO® Materials

Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as catapults, pneumatic cranes, arch bridges and battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. There is no prerequisite for this course.


Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Classes run from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in the First Floor Commons.
  • The cost of the class is $240.
  • In order to hold this class, there will need to be at least six students registered.

Instructor

Joey Zielazinski recently returned from the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he served with his wife in the Peace Corps for two years, teaching English. Originally from Oklahoma, he is now a proud Durham resident, and loves rock ’n’ roll, comedy and hot dogs. 

Quilting

Join Mrs. Hinton and Mrs. Patel and fellow crafty friends on a year-long quilting adventure. This is a more advanced class which does require working knowledge of a sewing machine. Therefore students must have taken Beginning Sewing prior to this class. Through the class you will develop and build upon your fundamental skills to grow into a confident young quilter. We will cover topics such as fabric selection, pattern reading, block design, piecing, quilting, binding and proper use of tools while gradually increasing the level of difficulty through a series of of different blocks. The finished quilt (a full-sized lap quilt, that you can snuggle with forever!) will contain a variety of quilt blocks that showcase your skills and growth as a quilter! All fourth-graders who have taken Beginning Sewing are welcome.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Mondays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4:10 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in room #105.
  • Class is limited to fourth-graders who took the Beginning Sewing class last spring.
  • The cost of the class is $300.
  • There will be a supply fee for fabric and other sewing materials.

Instructors

Durham Academy parent Asha Patel comes from a background in elementary and middle school education, including experience as a school librarian and media specialist. She has always had a passion for creative hobbies and has been sewing and quilting for five years. Asha enjoys making quilts, bags, and more recently has begun taking classes in garment sewing. She’s excited about the opportunity to teach young learners how to explore their creativity by using fabric and a sewing machine!

Ashley Hinton has been at Durham Academy for three years as a second-grade teacher. Previously she taught in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. While living through New Jersey winters, Ashley taught herself to quilt as a way to turn her Pinterest boards into a reality. She has a passion for color — especially magenta. She is eager to merge her love of teaching and creating to inspire future generations of makers!

Real Time Radio Show Club

Do you like to write stories? Produce sound effects? Create recordings using iPods or GarageBand? If so, then the Real-Time Radio Show Club is for you! Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, and running through the whole school year, we will meet after school to work on a monthly edition of the show, which is modeled after American Public Media's Prairie Home Companion (which airs on 91.5 WUNC). Much of our time will be spent thinking of ideas, writing scripts, etc. and recording. Learn more about the club and listen to previous year's broadcasts at www.da.org/RealTimeRadioThis club is open to third- and fourth-grade students and is led by librarian Michelle Rosen.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Fall classes will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (14 classes).
  • Spring classes will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 9 to May 8 (17 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Classes run from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in room #202.
  • The cost of the class is $542.50 ($17.50 per class).

Instructor

Reach Preschool/Lower School librarian Michelle Rosen at michelle.rosen@da.org.

Robotics

Everybody loves robots! Exploration and discovery are at the heart of this robotics enrichment that will guide students of all experience levels through engaging and challenging activities. Whether we are using, building, or programming robots, participants will be developing curiosity, confidence, valuable skills and a love of science, technology and engineering.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in room #204.
  • Class is limited to second-, third-, and fourth-graders.
  • The cost of the classes is $390.
  • This class will dismiss from the back of the school, between the Library and Brumley Performing Arts Building at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors

Robotics is taught by Michele Gutierrez, Lower School technology coordinator and teacher. Since 1995, Michele has been helping young people develop their computer science, technology and engineering skills through engaging curriculum, after school clubs and summer camps.

Serve It Up Tennis Academy

Serve It Up Tennis Academy is a 10 and under afterschool program that teaches tennis and fitness to elementary school age children throughout North Carolina.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Lower School Gym.
  • The cost of the class is $300.
  • This class needs at least 12 students registered in order to be held.

Instructor

Mark Troutman is the president and co-founder of Serve It Up Tennis Academy. Mark has been a tennis professional for over 35 years.

He was a varsity tennis player at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2002, he was named the USPTA — North Carolina Tennis Professional of the Year. In 1998 he was named the USPTA — Southern 35 and over Player of the Year.

Sewing

Join Mrs. Hinton, Mrs. Patel and fellow crafty friends on a sewing adventure, where you will learn everything from sewing machine safety to creating awesome projects throughout the semester. You will develop and build upon fundamental skills to grow into a confident young sewist. We will cover topics such as fabric selection, pattern reading and proper use of tools while gradually increasing the level of difficulty through a series of weekly projects. All third- and fourth-graders are welcome, regardless of prior sewing experience.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4:10 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in room #105.
  • Class is limited to third- and fourth-graders
  • The cost of the class is $325.
  • There will be a $75 supply fee for fabric and other sewing materials.

Instructors

Durham Academy parent Asha Patel comes from a background in elementary and middle school education, including experience as a school librarian and media specialist. She has always had a passion for creative hobbies and has been sewing and quilting for five years. Asha enjoys making quilts, bags, and more recently has begun taking classes in garment sewing. She’s excited about the opportunity to teach young learners how to explore their creativity by using fabric and a sewing machine!

Ashley Hinton has been at Durham Academy for three years as a second-grade teacher. Previously she taught in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. While living through New Jersey winters, Ashley taught herself to quilt as a way to turn her Pinterest boards into a reality. She has a passion for color — especially magenta. She is eager to merge her love of teaching and creating to inspire future generations of makers!

Soccer Shots

Our mission is to be the premier intro-to-soccer provider across the globe and to do so in such a way that it leaves a lasting impact on the youth we serve.

We offer a quality, high-energy soccer program with principled instruction wrapped in fun. Our creative curriculum emphasizes soccer skills as well as character development, which transcends the game itself.

Our motivation is to impact children in both soccer education and character development with application to all areas of children's lives. We are motivated by a desire to see kids experience the game of soccer and to enjoy the rewards that participation in the game offers.

Soccer Shots Premier focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction.

Children will also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Lower School gym.
  • The cost of the class is $260.

Instructor

Trey Alexander has always loved soccer and has been involved in the game since he was 4. After high school, Trey played for Western Kentucky University, where he was voted all-conference and team MVP his senior year. After graduating, Trey began his professional soccer career playing for multiple teams including the Charleston Battery and the Wilmington Hammerheads. During his professional career, Trey helped his teams to two USL-2 regular season championships, and individually, earned team MVP and all-league honors. 

Trey is also a Registered Nurse with additional degrees in psychology and history. Trey is looking forward to encouraging and helping children grow to be successful and passionate individuals through Soccer Shots and the game of soccer.

Sports with Mr. Irons and Mr. Mason

Come and join Mr. Irons and Mr. Mason for an hour of fun and exercise on Mondays after school. They will be playing all of your PE favorites and introducing some all-new games for you to enjoy. Grades 1-4 are welcome.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Mondays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Lower School gym.
  • The cost of the class is $240.

Instructors

Costen Irons has been teaching Lower School PE at Durham Academy for the past 10 years. He is the varsity cross country and track coach.

Chris Mason has been teaching 21 years and is currently in his 12th year at DA.

TECHSPLORERS- Exploring Engineering

Exploring Engineering is a great way for young Techsplorers to find out first-hand how exciting science, technology and engineering can be! Each session we'll discover and explore new engineering disciplines through fun hands-on activities. We'll build towers, parachutes, catapults and spinning tops. We’ll perform (safe) chemistry experiments and discover some surprising results. We’ll crash test cars, launch water bottle rockets and design games with simple electric circuits. This class has it all!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (11 classes).
  • Registration is open to students in grades 2-4.
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
  • Class will be held in the Lower School art room.
  • The cost of the class is $275.

Instructor

Wendy Candler graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University in 2012. After working for Techsplorers in 2011 as an assistant instructor and developing curriculum for the NSF-funded TechXcite engineering education program at Duke University, she recently joined Techsplorers full-time as program director and a lead instructor to share her passion for all things science and technology and help inspire the next generation of young engineers.

Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band

Do you like to play music?! Do you want to learn to play two instruments in one enrichment class with Mr. Hoffman?! If so, come join the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band. We’ll learn to play the baritone ukulele (exactly like guitar, just with four strings) and the recorder. In each class, we’ll spend some time together learning both instruments as a whole group and then students will break into smaller bands to create new music. Students will learn tangible skills like reading music, learning chords and learning to play in a group, while having fun and making friends. Come join Mr. Hoffman in the Recorder and Ukulele Jam Band!

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band!

Watch a video of the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band enrichment here!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Class will meet on Wednesdays from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Classes will be held in the Music Room.
  • The cost of the class is $325.
  • This class is limited to third- and fourth-graders.
  • Pick-up will be by the Library and Brumley Performing Arts Building. Any child not picked up by 5:10 p.m. will go to Extended Day.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he is thrilled to be DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has seven years of music teaching experience in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

LS After-School Program Contacts

Dan Gilson
Extended Day Director
919-489-3400 x2336
919-489-3400 x2404 (classroom number) 

 

Cathy Sorgi
Lower School Extended Day Coordinator 
919-489-3400 x2404 

 

Sarah Goldstein
Enrichments Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2404

 

Elliott Turnbull
Lower School Extended Day Staff 

 

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