Our Strategic Vision is focused squarely on the student experience with a ready-for-the-real-world mindset. This iterative vision for Durham Academy's future and the future of education is rooted in bold, innovative action.

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Strategic Vision


Students Pre-K to 12


Student/Faculty Ratio


Financial Aid Budget


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.

Experience the Lower School

Middle Schoolers working on science project outdoors

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 teacher holding outdoor class

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.

Experience the Upper School

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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Tara Nagar ’14

Software Engineer

“Ultimately, I was drawn to the impact I would be able to make in the company and the impact that the company could have on the world. ... ”

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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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Advanced Placement courses will be fully sunset in 2024–2025. In their place will be DA's most advanced, rigorous, globally relevant courses that emphasize depth over breadth and that teach students to synthesize complex information and apply knowledge and skills to real life. The result? Enduring, long-lasting learning.

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Call it a family reunion, call it a party, call it a show, call it fun, call it big, and definitely call it a “don’t miss” event. The 2023 edition of In The Pocket’s annual mid-winter show celebrates a quarter-century of Durham Academy’s jazz-rock band. More than 20 alumni from the classes of 1999 to 2022 will join current ITP members at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for a free show in Kenan Auditorium.

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Durham Academy’s girls golf team won the program’s first-ever N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship on Monday. It was sweet success for the program, which has notched five runner-up finishes in the 12 years since it was established. Leading the way for the Cavs was eighth-grader Jenna Kim, who earned medalist honors — the youngest-ever student to win the NCISAA girls golf championship as an individual.

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