Welcome to Mission-Driven, Durham Academy’s blog about everyday examples of the moral, happy, productive lives of our students, faculty/staff, families and alumni. There’s something special about the DA Experience, and we’ll share it with you here — defining who we are through our traditions, our hopes and our dreams for the future.


Not Yet

The campus is quiet, as are the seven of us, bleached pale in the streetlights, revisiting every important building, every frequented study spot.

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We’re committed to creating a community that fundamentally influences the character and trajectories of young lives through an exceptional academic experience that focuses on:

  • Morality — empathy, kindness, integrity, responsibility and courage.
  • Happiness — curiosity, engagement, authenticity, balance and joy.
  • Productivity — creativity, drive, resilience, generosity and wisdom.

How do we do it? By modeling persistence vs. perfectionism, by preparing our students for the road rather than preparing the road for our students, by helping our students be their most authentic, unique selves — guided by caring, selfless teachers who know and nurture them. 

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In Fall Seminar, Students Dig into Value of Trees

A new year can be an opportunity to make more sustainable choices and to spend more time immersed in nature. It can also be an opportunity to learn about the long-lasting environmental and societal impacts of choices made in decades past, as participants in the most recent Durham Academy sustainability seminar learned this fall. The seminar was organized as a partnership of two committees of Upper School Student Government: Sustainability and R.A.I.S.E. (Raising Awareness for Inclusion and Social Equity). 

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