College Counseling

Finding the "perfect fit" school for each student is the mission of the college counseling program. Durham Academy's three full-time college counselors, Kathy Cleaver, Jazmin Garcia Smith and Scott Orvis, are at the heart of its success.

The DA college counseling program begins in ninth grade with yearly college nights for parents of ninth-graders and sophomores. Students and families' involvement with college counseling intensifies as students progress through the Upper School, with an additional college night added junior year, when there are also individual meetings with students and parents. During the fall of students' senior year, students and college counselors spend a great deal of time together as students dive into the application process.

Durham Academy is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), an organization of secondary school counselors and college admission officers. DA is also a member of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). 

DA affirms the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP), a code of ethical conduct that articulates the responsibilities of college members and secondary school members. In addition, DA affirms NACAC's Statement of Students' Rights and Responsibilities in the College Admission Process.

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Our College Counseling Team

For College Reps

Welcome! We value your presence on our campus and hope that you are able to include us on your rounds of the Triangle area! 

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College Counseling Staff

Kathy Cleaver
Dean of College Counseling
919-489-6569 (x6107)


Jazmin Garcia Smith
Dean of College Counseling
919-489-6569 (x6110)

Scott Orvis
Dean of College Counseling
919-489-6569 (x6109) 

Nancy Swain
Administrative Assistant   
919-489-6569 (x6105)

CEEB: 341-049

Mailing Address
College Counseling Center
Durham Academy
3601 Ridge Road
Durham, NC 27705-5599

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