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 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. 

2016-2017 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: $1,985/year
  • Three days: $2,755/year
  • Five days: $4,045/year
  • Drop-in: $35/day
  • After Enrichment Drop-in: $15/day
  • Contracts are billed through your student account in 8 installments in September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April and can only be canceled/reduced for the second semester if we are notified of the change by Dec. 14. Canceling a contract at any other time will result in a $100 cancellation 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: $2,700/year
  • Drop-in: $20/day
  • Contracts are billed through your student account in 8 installments in September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April and can only be canceled/reduced for the second semester if we are notified of the change by Dec. 14. Canceling a contract at any other time will result in a $100 cancellation 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. 20 for first semester classes and Jan. 24 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. 

Additionally, there is a 25 percent discount for children of DA faculty/staff and a 25 percent discount for anyone receiving financial aid.

 

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.

Spring 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 10 to May 9 (17 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Classes will be held in the Movement Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • The cost for this class is $425.
*make-up class for January 10 snow day will be May 16
*Competitive travel team practice for fencing departs from DA on Tuesday and Thursdays after school. Please contact Jennifer directly at jen@midsouthfencersclub.org if 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 US Women’s Sabre Team abroad in various team and individual World Cups from 1998-2003. Formally, she received her undergraduate degree at UNC-CH 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

Chinese Language and Culture

Once every week, we hope to provide interested students an opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment of the Chinese language and culture. The class aims to help students intuitively develop an understanding of the language, which will lay the foundation for future advanced Chinese studies. Each student will be guided to work out his or her own study plan based on interests and levels of proficiency. The language learning is achieved through class activities that revolve around familiar daily topics with a Chinese cultural twist so that the learning is never divorced from the fun!

Spring 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Jan. 11 to May 10 (17 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time will be 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. (Students may attend Study Hall before class begins at no additional charge).
  • Class will be held in room #207.
  • The cost of the classes will be $425.

Instructor

Ms. Amanda Zhu currently teaches Chinese at Durham Academy Middle School. She holds an MA from Duke University and a BA from Southeast University in China. Ms. Zhu has always been passionate about languages and different cultures. Before coming to the U.S., she taught English to a variety of age groups. An avid language learner herself, Ms. Zhu enjoys exploring and experimenting with different ways to learn a language. The joys of mastering a language make her excited about sharing her experience and insights with her students.

LEGO® Robotics

You have played with Legos for years, now you can learn to build and program Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots. Students will work in pairs to design, construct, and program robots that perform a variety of movements and tasks. This Spring class will develop the skills needed to join the First Lego League competition teams in the fall of 2017. All materials will be supplied and stored at school. You can attend study hall before class at no charge. Class is limited to 12 students as we have 6 kits with 2 students working together.

Learn more about EV3; learn more about First Lego League.

Spring 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Jan. 12 to May 11 (17 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time will be 4 to 5 p.m. (Students may attend Study Hall before class begins at no additional charge).
  • Class will be held in the Middle School Library.
  • The cost of the classes will be $425.

Instructor

Karl Schaefer is the Middle School Digital Learning Coordinator and Computer Department Chair. He is an NCAIS Master Teacher and longtime blogger at http://528tech.edublogs.org. He has taught young and old how to get the most out of technology while also maintaining a balance in the use of technology. When not teaching, he is on his farm where he enjoys being off line and on land.  

Broadway Musical Theater Workshop

“5, 6, 7, 8!” Get ready for a song and dance experience like never before! The Broadway Musical Theatre Workshop exposes young artists to the form of musical theatre through the experience of learning and performing musical theatre numbers from popular Broadway shows. The semester will culminate in a sharing of our work for family and friends. All experience levels in singing, acting, and dancing are welcome — see you on the dance floor!

Spring 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Feb. 16 to May 11 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time will be 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
  • There will need to be at least 8 students registered to hold this class.
  • Class will be held in room #705.
  • The cost of the classes will be $300.

Instructor

This enrichment is led by Ellen Brown, who has extensive experience in directing young people and performing musical theatre, having worked professionally in NYC for over 10 years as an actor and director before moving to Durham to serve as the Durham Academy Middle School drama teacher. Please email Ellen Brown with any questions you may have about the details of this program at ellen.brown@da.org.

Executive Function Study Skills

The Executive Function Study Skills class introduces students to proven strategies that support increased success with the four executive function domains: preparedness, initiative, focus, and specific learning skills. As each strategy is introduced, students learn and practice the skill, creating a reference book of all the strategies and tips accumulated throughout the 8 sessions.   All strategies specifically designed to support middle school students can be applied immediately to classwork, homework, and test preparation for Durham Academy classes.

Spring 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays from January 17 to March 7 (8 classes)
  • This class is limited to fifth and sixth graders
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class will be held in room #204
  • Class time will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • The cost of the classes will be $440.

Instructor

Geraldine Pesacreta has taught middle school reading and written language at The Hill Center for 17 years.  She is an active member of the middle school written language professional learning community focusing on writing strategies and curriculum materials.  Additionally, Mrs. Pesacreta currently serves as the Executive Function Coordinator for Student Programs, training teachers, parents, coaches, and students on the best Executive Function practices.

Chess

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

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

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