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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, Apr 21, 2016 7:13:13 PM
As the Durham Academy community continues to work toward fulfilling the goals set forth in the 2015 Strategic Plan — a more cohesive and collaborative learning experience, a broader experience of diversity and strengthened connections with the broader community, to name a few — there are lots of voices to be heard along the way. And chief among them, Dr. Richard Light suggested to faculty and staff this week, should be students. Light, a professor of education and public policy at Harvard University, spoke at DA's April 18 professional development day, explaining how the Ivy League university has systematically used student feedback over the past two decades to make meaningful, data-supported improvements.
Posted Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 4:17:33 PM
The nine-month stretch from February through October can be dangerously bare-shelved for the Urban Ministries of Durham food pantry. The bounty of cans and boxes collected during holiday food drives has dwindled. Yet the need only grows, as winter weather keeps children out of school — and away from the nourishment of school-provided meals. Sometimes, the wooden shelves of the pantry are completely empty.
Posted Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 4:50:42 PM
"A trusted leader." "Empathetic and a good listener." "A deep thinker." "A strong sense of right and wrong." All are qualities befitting of a school leader — and they've all been used to describe Lanis Wilson, who will take the helm of Durham Academy's Upper School on July 1.
Posted Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 4:46:38 PM
"I have some hot coffee here. If you guys don't get off these stools, I'm going to pour it on you!" bellowed the man, as he loomed over the sitting students. "You're not supposed to be on these stools — these stools are only for white people."
Posted Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 5:07:00 PM
One by one, the student called his African-American peers over to take a group photo in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. When he called over Dr. Cindy Moore — a Durham Academy learning specialist who was helping to chaperone the annual seventh-grade trip to the nation's capital — she couldn't help but notice the demographics of the group. And then she was struck by a comment from one of the students: "We're 8.3 percent of this class."
Posted Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 3:52:00 PM
Lower School Spanish teacher Mercedes Almodovar knows how her students feel when she speaks to them in Spanish and they don't understand. "I try to put myself in their shoes because I was in that position before."
Posted Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 3:15:00 PM
When Shannon Harris was about to graduate from UNC's School of Information and Library Science, she put her research skills to work preparing for an interview for the Upper School librarian job at Durham Academy. She didn't know much about independent schools, but as she delved into DA's faculty she was impressed by how long many of them had worked at DA: 10 years, 20 years, 30 years and even more.
Posted Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 4:51:35 PM
Praise for Durham Academy chemistry teacher Kari Newman comes from all directions. With boundless knowledge of her subject matter, she knows the AP exam "like the back of her hand," says one student. She's ever willing to try something new, says a colleague. Her teaching methods train students to truly think, says a parent. Her patience is inexhaustible, says another student.
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