Our mission to prepare students for moral, happy, productive lives means DA is as committed to developing our students’ moral compass as we are to developing their intellect.

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Students Pre-K to 12


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Interscholastic Athletic Teams


Full-Time Faculty with
Advanced Degrees

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The Preschool is the happiest place on campus.

Caring, committed teachers nurture every child to support academic success and cultivate curiosity, creativity and compassion.

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First-grade students

Students in first through fourth grade are explorers.

Talented teachers inspire confidence as children delight in discovery, becoming published authors, researchers, artists, engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists.

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Middle School students have a home that is an oasis for adolescence.

Dedicated teachers guide students through their academic, social and emotional journeys from 10-year-olds to teenagers.

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Upper School students are preparing for a brilliant future.

Inspiring teachers provide innovative, unique academic and extracurricular experiences to help students reach their full potential at DA, in college and beyond.

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The DA Graduate: Principles, Passion, Purpose.

Brendan Bradley ’01

Entrepreneur, Writer, Actor & Filmmaker

“Going back to my roots at Durham Academy, my introduction to the entertainment industry as a business ... was the entrepreneurial, self-generative spirit of you've got to make your own career.”

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Marco Reyes ’10

Clinical Research Coordinator

“Durham Academy taught me to think globally while acting locally. In the classrooms, my teachers taught us about the effects that our actions have on the world.”

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Becki Feinglos Planchard ’07

Public Health Policy Advisor

“I feel more on the hook than I've ever felt to give everything that I have. ... I've never, ever seen or worked with such hardworking people in my entire life, who are so dedicated to the health and well-being of folks in our state.”

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Faith Couch ’15

Photographer &
Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree

“It's not about telling a story that's projected onto me. It's about telling my own story, through my own eyes, how I see it.”

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Upcoming Admissions Events

Why do our parents say that Durham Academy is undoubtedly the right choice for their children? Experience the everyday extraordinary of DA for yourself!

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The Durham Academy Summer team has envisioned a fresh approach to DA Summer for 2021 — a transformative all-day camp experience that keeps campers close to home but feeling far away as they gain independence and confidence. Since registration opened in early December, feedback from families has been overwhelmingly positive, with 150 campers registered for a total of 513 weeks of programming.

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Frances Dowell has been writing since she learned how to put words on paper — poems, short stories, essays, novels, nonfiction. The little girl who grew up to become an award-winning author remembers writing “500 brillant beginnings that were never finished.” That’s one of the reasons why she is so passionate about helping young writers “get through that first draft all the way to the end."

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