Upper School Curriculum
Durham Academy's Upper School enrolls about 430 students in grades 9 through 12 who work with a talented, distinguished faculty, the majority of whom hold advanced degrees. In the Upper School, we provide a challenging curriculum designed to teach students how to think independently and how to think well. We want our graduating students to be able to read critically, write concisely and analytically, listen and learn, speak clearly and confidently, calculate logically and observe with a discerning eye.
Students take a deeper dive into the worlds that most inspire them — academically, athletically and artistically. But the Upper School experience is as diverse as our students; you're likely to find the lacrosse star taking center stage in the spring musical. Arts and athletics are an integral part of Upper School culture. More than 80 percent of students participate in sports, and many have gone on to collegiate and professional rosters. DA's arts students have gone on to professional performance and production careers from Disney to Alvin Ailey. Learn more about the Class of 2016.
We recognize the rapidly changing world our students live in and integrate the latest technology to enhance their learning — with a 1:1 laptop program and a unique membership in Global Online Academy, creating networked learning communities on campus and around the world.
Durham Academy considers personal development as important as academic achievement. Our strong principles of community — which all Upper School students examine, discuss and affirm — are grounded in respect, honesty, empathy and the courage to do the right thing. DA guides students as they explore the balance between authority and independence, responsibility and freedom. We support our students as they take responsible risks and go outside their comfort zones to grow, learn and lead.