Parents Association & Parents Council

The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.

The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.




Parents Bulletin Board

14 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
Posted 09/12/2018 12:04PM

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized 14 Durham Academy seniors as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The following DA seniors — representing about 13 percent of the senior class — are semifinalists:

  • Spencer Adler

  • Jack Anderson

  • Nathan Dalva-Baird
  • Alexander Hoffman
  • Matthew Holleran Meyer

  • Tigey Jewell-Alibhai

  • Sarah Kim

  • Julia King

  • Emily Kohn

  • Lydia Rockart

  • Nathan Salley

  • Kiran Sundar

  • Jasper Wolf

  • Kay Youngstrom



(Not pictured: Nathan Dalva-Baird)


Semifinalists were chosen by virtue of their performance on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Of the 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who took the qualifying test, approximately 16,000 students were recognized as semifinalists. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.  

About 90 percent of students from the semifinalist pool are expected to advance to the finalist level and will be notified of that designation in February. About half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, with notifications beginning in April and concluding in July. An estimated 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $31 million, will be offered in spring 2019.

Three types of scholarships will be offered: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, which are awarded on a state-representational basis; about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards of varying amounts; and about 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards of varying amounts.

Parent Events
  • September 2018
    • TueSep25 Dine for DA at Blaze Pizza 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • October 2018
    • ThuOct18 Parents Council Meeting 8:15 AMMiddle School Board Room
    • ThuOct25 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
  • November 2018
    • ThuNov15 Parents Council Meeting 8:15 AMMiddle School Board Room
    • MonNov26 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
  • December 2018
    • MonDec17 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
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