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 nine 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. 

2017-2018 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.


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 team-building with her father, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and is at work on a third that will focus on these lessons for a younger audience. 


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

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.


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. 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 Middle School 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 five 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 Middle School Lego Class as part of the after-school 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 child 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.

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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