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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Interscholastic Athletic Teams


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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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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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Tenacious. Curious. Hardworking. Innovative. Brave. Engaged. These are but a few of the words that can be used to describe Durham Academy’s Class of 2022 — a group of young adults who have faced countless challenges in the last couple of years, remained undaunted in discovering their passions, and are now well on their way to making their dreams a reality. 

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Durham Academy Upper School’s Independent Learning Program has exploded in popularity among students, going from not quite a handful of participants annually a couple of years ago to nearly 25 students signed up for independent study projects in 2022–2023. And the growth isn’t just in the numbers, but also in the commitment students are exhibiting for their self-designed courses.

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