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

26th Annual All-School Picnic set for Sunday, Oct. 22
Posted 09/27/2017 03:11PM

The entire Durham Academy community — students, parents, siblings, faculty and staff — is invited to attend the All-School Picnic, set for Sunday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Lower School grounds. For new families and old, the All-School Picnic is a great way to meet members of the DA community, reconnect with old friends and enjoy a Sunday afternoon. 

This annual event always has a fun sports and carnival atmosphere along with a mini food truck rodeo. Feel free to pack a picnic for the afternoon or support the local food trucks that are sponsoring this event. Covered seating, popcorn and water are provided. The afternoon is a fantastic opportunity for students to connect and play with their school friends, old and new. Reaching nearly 1,000 in attendance last year, the All-School Picnic has become one of the most cherished community-building events of the year for both students and parents. 


  • Sunday, Oct. 22, rain or shine!
  • 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Lower School grounds

Food Trucks

Several local food trucks will be attending the picnic this year and giving back a portion of their proceeds to support Parents Council. 

  • Only Burger - burgers and fries.
  • Pie Pushers - pizza
  • Taco Grande – Mexican cuisine
  • Porchetta – slow-roasted Italian-style pork
  • Sweet and cool treats will include Local Yogurt’s LoYo on the Go, owned by Leah Bergman '94, as well as yummy shaved ice from Kona Ice.


The afternoon will be filled with activities for everyone, utilizing much of the Lower School grounds. A giant inflatable obstacle race course and 21-foot slide will be set up in the gymnasium plus a smaller bouncy house for young children. The kids will get their exercise in Knockout Basketball, Gaga and 4-square tournaments for all age divisions on the blacktop, run by ever-popular Lower School PE teachers. Simultaneously, and will sponsor sports competitions, featuring lacrosse and soccer speed shootouts, with divisions and prizes for all ages. Other activities will include make-and-take crafting, as well as face-painting. The Bouncing Bulldogs perform at 5:30 p.m. There will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Volunteers Needed

Parent volunteers are needed! Those interested in helping with this event should contact Morgan Whaley at

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