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Upper School science and humanities center takes shape as Middle School campus gears up for master planning

Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner outlines DA's blueprint for the future - strategic enrollment and facilities growth that will take place as part of the 2015 Strategic Plan. The multi-year, long-range plan calls for incremental growth in enrollment to be phased over the next 10-15 years, the construction of a new science and humanities center at the Upper School and a comprehensive renovation of the Middle School campus to support unprecedented demand for the DA experience.

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Posted Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 6:12:00 PM
In new History of Durham elective, Upper Schoolers dig into archives and talk with witnesses to our city's past.
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:48:00 PM
Before taking her seat on the stage of Durham Academy's Kenan Auditorium, Antonia Lazaro paused to proudly display what she'd sought for nearly two decades — the certificate that once and for all declared her a citizen of the United States of America. For Lazaro and the 19 other new American citizens who took their Oath of Allegiance on Wednesday, that piece of paper represents so much: safety and stability, opportunities for education and employment, freedom of speech and religion.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM
The girls, all fifth-graders, live in all corners of Durham. They attend different schools, have different interests, face different challenges. But, most every day, you'll find the girls messaging one another to check in on how school is going, to send birthday wishes, to just say goodnight. They come cheer one another on at musical performances. They send each other letters when times get tough.
Posted Friday, Oct 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Preschoolers and Lower Schoolers set up bake sales on Middle and Upper School campuses.
Posted Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 2:13:00 PM
Over time, school mission statements can calcify; words that still reflect important school principles and values can feel a bit disconnected from the lived experience of those in the community. This year, we deconstructed our mission statement, re-identified its component parts and created new art with it — and in the process, defined what a "moral, happy, productive" life looks like, during a student's time at DA ... and beyond.
Posted Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 5:02:00 PM
Durham Academy second-grade teacher Abby Butler's students adore their 11th-grade buddies so much that they're already anticipating the sweet nostalgia of looking back on their times together years from now.
Posted Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 1:09:00 PM
The last time Durham Academy dreamed this big was more than 20 years ago. Then, as now, we were responding to high demand that was causing admissions constraints: the school was at capacity, we weren't able to serve as many deserving families as we wanted to, we were starting to lose the ability to keep families together, and we were being forced to balance those priorities with a long-standing commitment to increasing diversity.
Posted Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 4:20:00 PM
Marshall Friedman '05 was "ready to do something completely different." So after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in business and minor in Chinese, the Durham Academy alumnus packed his bags and hopped a plane to Beijing.
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