Applying to DA

Thank you for considering Durham Academy for your child's future! Our goal is to enroll academically qualified students with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

Applicants are admitted on the basis of school reports, transcripts, recommendations, evaluations and Durham Academy's entrance examination. Interviews are required for grades 9 through 12. We welcome applicant of any race, creed, color or national origin, and DA awarded more than $2 million in need-based financial aid for the 2018–2019 school year. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

Admissions & Financial Aid Deadline: Pre-K to Grade 12
  • Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

Please note that applications received after this deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Admissions & Financial Aid Notification Dates
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 2020: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
  • Friday, March 6, 2020: Grades 1 to 12

Office of Enrollment Management

For more information or assistance at any stage of the application process, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management via email or at 919-493-5787.

Request Info

If you're just getting started, complete our online Admission Inquiry Form to be added to our mailing list and receive additional information. 



We are currently accepting applications on a space-available basis in certain grade levels. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management via email or at 919-493-5787 for more information. Please check back with us in the fall for applications for the 2020–2021 school year.

What is required to apply?

  • Application fee (reductions are available if this fee presents a financial hardship)
  • Online application
  • Teacher recommendations (1 for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; 2 for other grades 1–12)
  • School records
  • Admissions testing
  • Parent questionnaire
  • Student questionnaire (grades 5–12)
  • Interview (grades 9–12)


The best way to get to know DA? Come see us! By visiting our campus, you'll have first-hand insight from students, teachers and administrators. 

Tour and Information Sessions are held in the fall, and weekly tours are conducted each spring.

Schedule a Tour

Learn About Student Shadow Days

Schedule Testing

Entrance testing is required at each grade level.

The DA Office of Enrollment Management coordinates Pre-K through Grade 4 testing; please keep an eye out for communication from our office after you apply.

Grade 5 through 12 applicants must register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) online three weeks prior to the test date and choose test site.

Register for Grade 5–12 Testing