In the Middle School, clubs meet once during a seven-day cycle. The extracurricular offerings vary from semester to semester, depending on faculty talents and student interests. Each Durham Academy student is encouraged to get involved in the clubs offered, to try new things and to get to know the faculty on a different level.
At the beginning of the school year, Upper School faculty sponsors and students solicit interest and membership for a number of clubs and activities. Club activities will be scheduled into the tutorial periods.
Clubs and organizations are likely to appear and disappear as a result of varying student interest and faculty expertise, availability and leadership. These organizations may perform service for the improvement of school life or nurture and develop existing interests.
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Club members play board games, watch movies, create art projects, listen to music, cook, dance and learn about Hispanic culture.
Play basketball and learn some square dances.
Chess, Suduku, and Puzzles
A club for those who enjoy playing chess, doing sudokus, exploring new puzzles, solving a Rubik's Cube, or introducing others to some of their favorite puzzles.
Crochet is similar to knitting, but one hook is used instead of two needles. Crochet Club members will have the opportunity to learn the history of crochet and learn several stitches for making such items as a washcloth/dishcloth, potholder, scarf, purse, or pillow cushion.
DASN: DA Sports Network
In this club, we make sports highlight videos featuring our own middle school teams and even funny commercials promoting upcoming games.
Dedicated to Doodling
Practice pattern doodling with the Zentangle™method.
Experiments with Food
In this club, students experiment with food in a variety of ways, from altering the ingredients in recipes to see what each ingredient does and how it changes the food, to playing with the appearance of food (through food coloring) to see how our eyes affect the taste of what we eat.
Follow Your Nose
We will cook and sample dishes from Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco.
Club members have fun with games, possible field trips, and lots of trivia. Students can help design the club’s activities based on their interests.
Improve/work on/or learn golf skills by going to the driving range and hitting golf balls.
In the Lego Club, we build and play with Legos, either together or individually (it is up to you). We also watch fun and educational videos about Legos.
Meet the Great Composers Club
In the Meet the Composers Club, we talk briefly about some of the most important composers in history and listen to samples of the famous works they've written.
Learn how to use a Nikon CoolPix digital camera to take color photographs, use PhotoShop and/or other editing software, and use the darkroom to mount your best photos on foamboard.
Mix together color and design with creativity, and you have printmaking. Each week, the club prints with a different object, beginning with fingertips, then sponges, vegetables, leaves, paper cups, puzzle-pieces, aluminum foil and styrofoam.
Students create a short play along with some music and have fun!
Rainbow Loom and Jewelry Making
Make bracelets or necklaces on your own rainbow looms or earrings, bracelets, etc.
RCC (Remote Control Club)
Club members supply their own vehicle, controller and batteries, and then can set up courses and tracks to test their on- or off-road RCC driving (or flying) skills!
Readers and Writers Club
Do you crave some quiet time to just read, have a writing project you never seem to find the time for, or want to share your writing for feedback or just appreciation from readers? Join us as we read and write to our heart’s content!
Students bring their own photos, albums and supplies, and, together, they document their memories in scrapbooks — and make new ones in the process!
So, You are going to France Club
This club is perfect for eighth-graders planning to go to France over Spring Break. Students watch a movie or two and discuss how to get the most out of the trip culturally and what to expect during the homestay.
Student Service Organization
The Student Service Organization is in charge of the Trick or Treat for UNICEF and the Thanksgiving food drive.
Team Handball Club
Learn the basics of handball.
The Cav and MS Studios
The fun includes reporting the latest Middle School news, interviewing and recording interesting people, writing interesting articles, creating cartoons, taking fabulous pictures, recording videos, seeing your name in the newspaper and having a great time! We use an app called Audioboo to record news and articles.
Club members make decorative pillows, learning how to hand stitch, operate a sewing machine and read a simple pattern.
Learn to play Ultimate Frisbee, a fun, fast-paced, non-contact sport. We will focus on good sportsmanship and the “spirit of the game.”
Walk About Club
Based on the Australian aboriginal tradition of leaving your responsibilities momentarily to "walk about" in the great outdoors to connect with nature, yourself and friends.
Why Hike? Club
We plan to go on a hike each day 6 with a different purpose in mind. Each club member will have the opportunity to choose either where we hike or what the goal will be.
Learn the basics of woodworking and refinishing. Students use some small tools to decorate and refinish several wood projects such as picture frames, mirrors, and wall hangings.
Raise money for and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
To enrich knowledge & appreciation of astronomy through lectures, observation nights and trips to planetariums.
To raise awareness of Autism and help people through community walks and other fundraisers.
Produce and distribute the school newspaper.
Learn language and culture while doing fun activities.
Chordoma Foundation Club
Raise awareness and hold fundraisers for Chordoma.
Make video about DA that could possibly be put on website for prospective families as well as other projects.
Dance events to give people a chance to dance that do not normally dance!
Learning about and practicing photography.
Dartboard Finance Club
To compete in intramural and national investment competitions.
Attend conferences and improve skills in public speaking and critical thinking. Learn more at www.dadebate.com.
Raise awareness about diverse cultures and ethnic issues as well as attend conferences.
Publish school literary magazine.
Film Appreciation Club
View a variety of films from different genres.
Have discussions on ethics, religion, logic and rhetoric.
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
To create a safe haven for all students on the DA campus and increase awareness and tolerance of the LGBTQ community.
Go Green Club
Make DA more eco-friendly through recycling and other efforts.
Promote school spirit and attendance at sporting events.
Encouraging experimentation in different genres of music through peer teaching and guidance.
Habitat for Humanity
Help build housing for lower income families and raise money with the Halloweeen Bike Ride.
Homeless Cooking Club
Practice cooking and then bring meals to the homeless shelter.
Hope Valley Elementary Tutoring
To give extra help to children in reading, writing and math in grades 1-5 at 2 local elementary schools.
Engage in improvisational theater games.
Indian Dance Club
Enjoy the beauty of Indian Dance and raise cultural awareness.
Teach elementary kids how to read and play music.
To raise money for Kiva, which sends small amounts of money to people to help finance small or new businesses worldwide.
Lower School Tutoring
Give free tutoring to Lower School students.
Lunchtime Music Groups
Fun with music and perform for the DA community.
Compete in local math competitions.
Men Eating Meat Together are passionate about grilling and will have numerous “grill fests” throughout the year.
Mixed Tape Exchange
To spread the love of music throughout the student body through mix tape exchanges.
Model United Nations
Attend UN conferences to learn about world affairs.
To raise awareness about the political, social, educational and economic problems facing the country and to raise money for our sister school.
To raise money so children can have cleft palate surgeries & make smile bags.
Learn about the outdoors and get in touch with wilderness.
Raise awareness of new musical albums and artists.
Tutoring students once a week at Reality Ministries and donating school supplies such as backpacks.
Red Nose Society
Raise awareness about and money for Ronald McDonald House.
Robotics and Technology
Designing robots as well as programming them to complete tasks.
Sail for the sheer enjoyment of it.
Enjoy the world of salsa dance and other Latin American genres of dance.
Compete in competitions and run a Science Fun Day for the DA first-graders.
Fun ski/snowboard outings.
Gives underprivileged kids a chance to attend a week-long summer camp.
Bring Spanish culture deeper into DA community.
Show DA spirit at basketball games and Homecoming weekend.
Working with the national STAND organization to help stamp out genocide.
Starkey Hearing Foundation
Help kids in less fortunate countries with hearing disabilities.
To be strong, positive reps of the school and will help out on student visit days and serve as tour guides for prospective students.
Get students involved in the life of the school through dances, homecoming events, spirit week etc.
Encourage creative use of computers.
Ultimate Frisbee Club
To have fun playing Frisbee.
Have fun unicycling and teach people new to the experience.
Hold food and clothing drives for Urban Ministries of Durham.
Water for Life
Have fundraisers for and raise awareness of the world water crisis. Learn more on our website.
Political discussions, help with campaigns and encourage people to vote.
Learn more about Libertarian ideas and philosophies through the media and each other.
Young Life Club
Christian Club that concentrates on strengthening ones faith and leadership skills.
Support and promote creative writing
Student Leader: Rhett King
Sponsored by Mrs. De Radcliffe