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Partners in Parenting, Building Community

Parents encouraging students at a class play.
Durham Academy parents, caregivers and extended family are all vital partners in the DA experience.
There is a wide variety of opportunities for parents and caregivers to participate in the life of the school — helping DA become stronger and more innovative, ensuring a welcoming environment and partnering with the school in ways that help parents and students thrive.
DA welcomes parent/caregiver engagement, and the Family Association welcomes new volunteers every year.

"When you have a community that’s close-knit and united in so many ways, your school is only going to be that much more successful."

Asha Patel
Family Association President

Volunteer Opportunities, Parent Education and Signature Community-Building Events

Below you’ll find examples of ways that parents and caregivers support DA, and the ways that DA’s educational expertise supports families in their parenting journey. Whether sharing your experiences with future DA families at admissions events, serving as a lunchtime reader for a rapt audience of Preschool or Lower School students, sharing a unique skill or interest with curious Middle and Upper Schoolers, participating in parent education or helping to plan DA’s signature community-building events, we encourage parents to find an opportunity that fits the needs of your family and knits you into the DA community!

Family Matters @ DA Events

  • Speaker Series: Educating for Sustainability with Jaimie Cloud, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

  • Upper School Parent/Caregiver Coffee: New-to-DA Families

  • Middle School Parent/Caregiver Coffee: Social-Emotional Learning

  • Lower School Parent/Caregiver Coffee: Meet Lower School Assistant Director 

  • Family Association Event: DA Night at NC Courage

  • Diversity, Equity and Engagement Night

  • Family Association Feature: Safety and Security at DA

  • Head of School/Associate Head of School Family Conversation: 2023 Family Survey Results