Moral.

Happy.

Productive.

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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Lower Schoolers Recess

1,233

Students Pre-K to 12

6:1

Student/Faculty Ratio

$4.5M

Financial Aid Budget

45

Interscholastic Athletic Teams

76%

Full-Time Faculty with
Advanced Degrees

Preschool teacher with students

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 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.

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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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Durham Academy Lower School students are enthusiastic readers — they have already checked out close to 17,000 library books this school year, on pace to exceed the 20,000 to 22,000 library books they borrow over the nine months of most school years by far — and the excitement was palpable as they welcomed Erin Entrada Kelly, one of their favorite authors, to campus on Dec. 2.

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Since the opening of the Middle School Arts & World Languages Center in March, students and faculty have gotten a big taste of what it’s like to learn and teach in a facility on par with the quality of a Durham Academy education. And now, the next step in a plan to transform the entire Middle School is underway, with the Gateway Center site prepared for construction to begin.

Continue Reading about Next Step in Middle School Campus Transformation is Underway