Welcome to the Middle School

In grades five through eight, young people undergo a tremendous transformation. Critical connections begin to form in the brain, bodies stretch and change, and children begin to develop habits that will determine the character they will carry into adulthood. At the Durham Academy Middle School, we dig into this tremendous period of growth, partnering with families to create a positive atmosphere that fosters individual maturation and sense of place within a community.

Every aspect of the student experience is designed to challenge with high expectations while providing careful, individualized support, including our advisory program, the academic curriculum and age-appropriate offerings in fine arts and athletics. We are fortunate to have a beautiful, wooded 24-acre campus that is only used by the Middle School. It allows us to develop programming that is dedicated to bringing out the best in this-aged child and provides space for both outside play and planned physical activity.

Most importantly, the teachers here are experts in their field of instruction and connect with students on deep levels to facilitate learning, and have plenty of fun while doing it! As children navigate the uncertain social and academic landscape that comes with the pre-teen and early-teen years, the guidance of the adult role models on our faculty is the reason why DA Middle Schoolers look forward to coming to school each day. At a developmentally significant stage in their lives, DA Middle School students are embraced for who they are and stretched to grow as students and people of strong character. 

We encourage you to come experience this unique environment for yourselves. Meet our teachers, talk to our students, and watch how they work together to prepare for the journey to Upper School and beyond. Thank you for your interest in Durham Academy.

Jon Meredith, Director of Middle School

An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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