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.
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
“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.”
“DA's humanities classes have pushed me to consider the real-world applications of every part of my educational experience, from the complexities of human evolution to 18th century portrayals of feminism."
"K Family Commons made all the difference in the world. We were able to keep making music in a safe way through the entire last year and a half. This has been the multipurpose space that it was envisioned to be in the first place."
“Smith Hall is a special place because I know I will always see a familiar face. I often find myself going out of my way to go there knowing I will leave with a smile!”
Our Capital Projects Progress
Amount Needed to Reach Our Capital Projects Goal: $3,036,977
Our community is coming together to create a tomorrow that transcends any threshold.
Naming opportunities are available.
Step Inside the Upper School
Impact: Beyond the Threshold in Action
Together we are ensuring Durham Academy students and teachers will grow and learn without limits.