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.
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