Middle School After-School Programs

Middle School Extended Day

Middle School classes end at 3:02 p.m., at which time students may go directly to Extended Day, Study Hall or to one of their extracurriculars/intramurals. Any student is welcome to drop in to Extended Day or Study Hall without prearranged notification. Any student on campus after 3:30 p.m. without direct supervision by a parent, coach or teacher will be brought to Study Hall on Monday through Thursday and to Extended Day on Friday.

During Extended Day, children are offered a snack and then may go to the computer lab to do their homework. When their homework is completed (or if they don't have any homework), there are many activities in which they can participate, including Gaga, ping-pong, foosball, basketball, badminton, outdoor play, board games, card games, puzzles, chess and a wide variety of crafts.

The Middle School Extended Day is a free-flowing, relaxed atmosphere where kids have a chance to be with their friends after a busy day. All children must be signed out of Extended Day by a parent, guardian or babysitter before they are allowed to leave for the day. 

2017-2018 Annual Tuition for Middle School Extended Day

Children may enroll in Extended Day for two, three or five days per week. Drop-in is also available for $35/day. Students who come to Extended Day after an Extended Day run enrichment will be charged a $15 drop-in fee. 

  • Two days: $2,045/year
  • Three days: $2,840/year
  • Five days: $4,170/year (*All-Day Care days are free with this contract selection)
  • Drop-in: $35/day
  • After Enrichment Drop-in: $15/day
  • 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.
Late Fees

If students are not picked up by 6 p.m., an additional $1 per minute will be charged. If you know you will be late, please call 919-489-9118, ext. 4345.

Middle School Study Hall

Study Hall is offered at the Middle School from 3:15 to 5 p.m. and is supervised by Teresa Engebretsen, a member of the Middle School faculty. Study Hall occurs in the computer lab and gives students an opportunity to finish homework in a quiet and supportive setting. Students enrolled in Study Hall only (not Extended Day) should remain in the Study Hall classroom until they are picked up by 5 p.m. and should have a book on hand to read in the case that they finish their homework. Study Hall is available at no additional charge to children with Extended Day annual contracts or to Extended Day drop-ins. 

Please note that there is no Study Hall on Fridays or the last day of the school week. Children with a Study Hall contract may attend Extended Day at no additional charge on those days until 5 p.m. All students must be signed out of Study Hall by a parent, guardian or babysitter before they will be allowed to leave for the day. 

2016-2017 Annual Tuition for Middle School Study Hall
  • Five days: $2,900/year
  • Drop-in: $20/day
  • 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.

What is the Difference Between Extended Day and Study Hall?

The difference between enrolling in or dropping into Study Hall vs. Extended Day is that Study Hall students must stay in the Study Hall room until they are picked up and they must be picked up by 5 p.m. Extended Day students must be picked up by 6 p.m. and can leave the Study Hall room to play in Extended Day when their homework is complete.

Middle 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.

In an effort to make these programs more affordable, we will now bill them in installments. Fall enrichments will be billed in October, November, and December and spring enrichments will be billed in February, March and April.  

Board/Card Games: History, Strategy, and Fun

It's like Family Game Night...in the afternoon!  But in addition to learning, strategizing and competing in a variety of board and card games over the course of the semester, students will learn a bit about the history of games from pre-historic times (yes, PRE-HISTORIC) to the present. We will also examine, together, different types of games and discuss and employ associated strategies as we play. Testing our mettle in areas like deduction, dexterity and cooperation and our mastery over categories like words and trivia, this course will be a light-hearted and varied exploration that will never leave us bored (yes, there will be puns too!).

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 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in room #206.
  • The cost of the class is $325.

Instructor

Jamie Spatola is a mother of three and a friend to many other children through her work an administrator of Duke Basketball Camp (which she helps run with her husband Chris), an aunt, a board member for several area youth-oriented organizations (including Durham Academy's Board of Trustees), a frequent volunteer, a YMCA coach, a thrower of playdates and birthday parties and an overall adorer of children and believer in character education. Additionally, she has co-authored two books on character, leadership and teambuilding with her father, Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and is at work on a third that will focus on these lessons for a younger audience. 

Bridge

The game of bridge is more than just a game, it is a lifetime experience. It is a challenging game which helps develop logic and reasoning skills without appearing to be ‘work’, it is after all a game. We want to share this game with an upcoming generation of young students. Our goal is to make it fun as well as challenging for the participants and as we have done this for many years we are happy to report that our students quickly become enthusiastic bridge players who love playing the game.

From Atlanta Juniors Bridge Organization:

“The card game bridge is fundamentally grounded in math. From simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, to the more complex functions of calculating odds and percentages, this game hones children’s math skills as no other." 

A study conducted by Dr. Christopher Shaw of Illinois examined the impact learning bridge can have on school children. With three years research available, he has convincing data that learning the game of bridge helps children improve their performance in standardized testing. The first year, the students he studied showed a 10 to 35 percent higher rate of improvement in all subjects on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills than classmates who did not learn bridge.

Bridge’s advantages don’t stop at simple math skills. In addition to the purely mathematical portion of bridge, children must learn: following rules, sequential reasoning, working with a partner towards a common goal, inferential reasoning, problem solving, social interaction, logic and self discipline.

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 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in room #206.
  • The cost of the class is $240. 
  • This class needs at least four students registered in order to be held.

Instructors

Instructors are Maggie Lindquist and Ed Fuller, both accomplished bridge players who have achieved a high level of mastery by attaining their silver and ruby life masters in the world of duplicate bridge. Maggie started her career as a research chemist and Ed is a retired Physicist so both are accustomed to analysis and logical thinking, but both are good at relating to children and are good at breaking down their explanations into understandable terms. They are both enthusiastic about the game and that enthusiasm is conveyed when they teach.

Please email Maggie Lindquist, mlindquist1@nc.rr.com, with any questions you might have.

Chess

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

Digital Photography

Do you have a camera and want to learn to use it more effectively? In this hand-on class, we'll talk about lighting and composition. We'll have lessons and practice photographing. 

Students will get an opportunity to show off and get comments on their images. Parents will also get some suggestions for interesting additional photography students can do at home. 

Students should bring a camera (preferably digital) to class, along with spare batteries and/or charger. Please email Dilip Barman with any questions you may have at barman@jhu.edu .

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 3:30 to 5 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in room #204.
  • The cost of the class is $385.

Instructor

Dilip Barman is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting images in black and white, color, and slides since elementary school, and digitally, starting with a first generation digital camera since the mid-1990s. He has a photographic portfolio at photos.dilip.info, photographs events, has had his photography published in books and magazines and exhibited in museums and arboretums. He teaches photography at DA's summer camp, as well as at Central Park School for Children, Carrboro ArtsCenter, Duke University, ArtSpace and other centers. You can visit Dilip on the web at his homepage that he has maintained since 1994, www.dilip.info.

Fencing - Mid-South Fencers Club

On guard! Fencing class is designed to have 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 Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (14 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Classes will be held in the Movement Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • The cost for this class is $490.
*Competitive travel team practice for fencing departs from DA on Tuesday and Thursdays after school. Please contact Jennifer directly at jen@midsouthfencersclub.org if you are interested in this program.

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. Formally, she received her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.S. degree 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

First Lego League

The MS FIRST LEGO League Enrichment (MSFLL) is different than any other DA Enrichment you or your children have ever considered. In order for this enrichment to be successful, parents and their children must commit to supporting a team of up to three to 5 students over the course of five to six months. We need at least two parents to serve as coaches (one coach supervises robots and one coach supervises projects) and two parents to serve as team supporters per team in order to have teams. Without parental support, this enrichment is not possible. 
FLL is a robotics program that introduces young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Teams can be composed of up to 10 children, though the preferred DA size is three to five members. FLL teams have adult coaches, but coaches do not need any technical experience. In FLL, the children do the work; like program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up the yearly "Challenge." Teams may also fundraise, create a team identity and talk to experts in the field.
While students who were on teams last year and those who took the MS Lego Class as part of the afterschool program in the spring will have priority, there may well be some open spots for students who have worked with the Lego EV3 robot and are strong team members.
Please email Karl Schaefer karl.schaefer@da.org if your son or daughter would like to be a part of this class or if you have any questions. 

Music Lessons at Durham Academy

Please visit our Music Lessons page for details on the following instruments in private and group lesson format:
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo
  • Percussion
  • 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.

Teamwork and Leadership

In a series of 12 one-hour sessions, students will study 10 words/concepts fundamental to teamwork and leadership including empathy, communication, courage and enthusiasm. 

Using materials from a variety of multi-media sources including the written word, music, film and storytelling, we will learn together what each word means and experience examples of those words in-action.

Accompanying these materials and resulting group conversation will be 1 to 3 fun and diverse activities per session focused on embracing that day's concept including group challenges, games and projects.

We will have fun. We will work together and be silly together. We will get to know one another and learn more about ourselves by being a part of this team.

The goal of this enrichment is for each of us to not only learn the definition of these words and what they mean through the eyes of others, but to own these words through understanding how they fit into each of our individual lives.

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 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in room #401.
  • The cost of the class is $300.

Instructor

Jamie Spatola is a mother of three and a friend to many other children through her work an administrator of Duke Basketball Camp (which she helps run with her husband Chris), an aunt, a board member for several area youth-oriented organizations (including Durham Academy's Board of Trustees), a frequent volunteer, a YMCA coach, a thrower of playdates and birthday parties and an overall adorer of children and believer in character education. Additionally, she has co-authored two books on character, leadership and teambuilding with her father, Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and is at work on a third that will focus on these lessons for a younger audience. 

Uptown Glamour

Uptown Glamour offers girls glamorous fashion design and sewing, while grooming their character for greatness. Students learn to sew, design clothing and accessories. In addition, glamour class brings math to life for girls by fortifying their mathematical skills as they learn how to create their own fashion brand. During each class, we strengthen the great work that the girls learn in school every day. Our curriculum/lessons are aligned with North Carolina common core standards (mathematics), North Carolina school counseling standards and 21st century skills. We have designed our course so that it teaches girls fashion design and sewing while building character. Students learn to sew on an actual sewing machine, that is kid-friendly and safe for children to use. We teach our students to use patterns and take their own measurements to create wearable garments. Fashion students take home what they’ve made throughout the course and all supplies are included in the class fee. And every course ends with the fashion show for students to showcase their work. 

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 4 to 5:45 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in room #401.
  • The cost of the class is $560. This amount includes all supplies.
  • This class needs at least ten students registered in order to be held.

Instructor

Crystal Laws moved to North Carolina from California. She is a licensed counselor who has been working in the North Carolina School system for 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Collaborative Health and Human Sciences from California State University-Monterey Bay and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University in Education (Counseling and Student Personnel). Passionate about the future of children, during the summer of 2016 she founded the company Uptown Glamour. In her free time, she enjoys spending it with her family and making clothes for her daughter. Grateful for the amazing opportunities presented to her, Crystal strives to make every child feel special and that they are made for greatness. 

MS After-School Program Contacts

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

 

Zakia VanHoose
Middle School Extended Day Coordinator
919-489-9118 x4345
 

 

Sarah Goldstein
Enrichments Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2404

 

Elizabeth Wheet 
Middle School Extended Day

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