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Transforming the Upper School Experience

We are fostering innovation and imagination critical for 21st century careers.

Beyond the Threshold’s $22 million capital projects goal includes donor support for projects that enhance the Upper School experience for every teacher and student.

Great teaching requires great resources. Every student at Durham Academy is guided and mentored by exceptional teachers, and Beyond the Threshold enables them to learn without limits. Now our students and teachers have intentional, state-of-the-art learning environments supporting innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to engineering, science, technology, math, the humanities and fostering a collaborative community.

Your participation in Beyond the Threshold is an investment in an exceptional educational experience, creating unlimited possibilities for every DA teacher and student, now and in the future.

STEM school in Durham NC students sitting inside of a building holding a robotic

“We have our family here, the team. We're here during lunch. We're talking about cool robot stuff during tutorial. We use it as our community center. And that's really special to me.”

Ella Simmons '23
DARC SIDE Robotics Team Member, FIRST Robotics Dean's List Semifinalist

K Family Outdoor Commons Opening

“K Family Commons makes all the difference in the world. This has been the multipurpose space that it was envisioned to be in the first place.”

Mike Meyer
Upper School Music Director

STEM & Humanities Center and K Family Outdoor Commons

Completed 2019
  • Creates innovative, spacious, safe learning environments specifically designed for current and future needs

  • Adds 44,200 sq. ft. of space with academic and social benefits

  • Brings academic disciplines together and fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration

  • STEM wing houses biology, chemistry, physics, robotics and math classes, innovation studio and group study/work spaces

  • Humanities wing houses English and history classes, two-story commons with seating for 125, seminar-style classrooms and departmental offices

  • Outdoor commons includes an amphitheater and pavilion for studying, dining, performances and gatherings 

  • Completes Upper School Master Plan and provides campuswide accessibility

Impact: Beyond the Threshold in Action

Together we are ensuring Durham Academy students and teachers will grow and learn without limits.

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