Lower School After-School Programs

Lower School Extended Day

Students going to Extended Day will walk over to the Extended Day classroom in the LS Gym building at dismissal to drop off their bags, get checked in and enjoy a healthy snack. Students going to an enrichment class will meet their teachers at dismissal in the 1st floor commons to get ready for their class. 

At 3 p.m., two Study Hall teachers (DA faculty) arrive to pick up anyone in Extended Day who has homework to escort them to the study hall area. It is the child's responsibility to choose to attend Study Hall, although Extended Day teachers will encourage everyone who has homework to attend. Study Hall teachers are present to provide a quiet work environment and to help answer any questions the students may have, not to check individual's homework assignments for completion and correctness. All children may return to Extended Day once their homework is complete.

Children in Extended Day may play in the classroom, in the gym or on the playground depending on weather and other activities. A variety of games, toys, activities and crafts are available, and staff members are always present to assist children in these activities. Children in the Lower School must be picked up and signed out by 6 p.m. at the latest. See below for enrichment opportunities.

Children may enroll in Extended Day for two, three or five days per week for full days or for five-day with early pickup (4 p.m.). Drop-in care is also available as needed. To drop in, simply notify your child's classroom teacher and make sure to sign your child out before leaving!

2018-2019 Annual Tuition for Extended Day
  • Two days until 6 p.m.: $2,300
  • Three days until 6 p.m.: $3,225
  • Five days until 6 p.m.: $4,730 (*All-Day Care days are free with this contract selection.)
  • Five days until 4 p.m.: $2,325
  • Drop-in until 6 p.m.: $40
  • Drop-in until 4 p.m.: $20
  • After-Enrichment Drop-in: $20

Contracts are billed through your student account in 9 installments in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. Contracts may be added or canceled at any time, but you will be responsible for paying for the full month in which you add or drop. Contracts that are canceled and then added again are subject to a $100 fee.

Any students enrolled with the five days until 4 p.m. contract or in an enrichment class will be brought to carline in the front of the Lower School at 4 p.m. for pickup.

Study Hall
Teachers in Study Hall are present to do the following:
  • Maintain a quiet atmosphere where students are able to focus and complete their homework. 
  • Keep children on task and keep them from doing activities which prevent them or others from getting their work done. 
  • Be available to answer questions children have regarding their homework.
  • Study Hall is not intended to make sure all children get all of their work completed correctly. Teachers value children taking responsibility for their work (making sure they complete it all) and need to know which areas they are in need of more instruction (completing it correctly). Study Hall teachers are there to help, not to do the students' work for them!
Late Fees

Any students in enrichments or enrolled with the 5 Day until 4 p.m. contract who are not picked up by 4:10 p.m. will be considered a drop-in to the Extended Day program at an additional fee of $20/day. If students are not picked up from Extended Day by 6 p.m., an additional $10/every five minutes fee will be charged. If you will be late for pickup, please call 919-287-1763 to let us know.

Lower School Enrichments

Enrichments are here to spark enjoyment and curiosity. We offer space and time to have fun after a structured day at school. These classes are an exploration of a creative subject or sport, etc., without goals of deep study or mastery - though physical and mental resilience and contentedness may result.

We really hope that you love the enrichment you signed up for, but in case you do not, you have until Sept. 24 for first-semester classes and Jan. 28 for the second semester to drop an enrichment at no cost. Consider this a trial period.

Pick-up location is listed in the drop-down description for each class.

Fall enrichments will be billed in three equal parts in October, November, and December, and spring enrichments will be billed in three equal parts in February, March and April.

All classes missed due to instructor absence (illness, etc) will be covered by a sub or made up. For weather-related or unexpected school closings, Durham Academy ensures 1 make-up class; any classes canceled over that cannot be made up or refunded. 

Adventures in 3D Design and Printing

Participants in Adventures in 3D Printing and Design will explore the world of 3D design and printing while completing design challenges in a fun and supportive environment. Students will have a chance to go through the engineering and design process, learn the importance of prototyping and revisions, and bring home proof of their hard work and creativity.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • Classes will be held in the TED Lab #204 from 2:45 to 4:30 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th graders.
  • The cost for this class is $390.

Instructor

This class is taught by Michele Gutierrez, Lower School technology coordinator and teacher. Since 1995, Michele has been helping young people develop their computer science, technology and engineering skills through engaging curriculum, after school clubs and summer camps.

Contact: michele.gutierrez@da.org

Awesome Artists

Awesome Artists for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders will build upon the skills and experiences learned in art class while introducing students to new materials, subjects and artists. This class will allow students to explore art in an individualized manner and a smaller class setting. We will explore both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work throughout the semester. Each activity will help children build and develop better motor skills, work with different art mediums and learn various techniques to aid in the creative process, while also helping to boost self-confidence and strengthen his or her love of art.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in the Art Room #216 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th graders.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Pamela McKenney is the Lower School Art teacher at Durham Academy. She has been teaching at DA since 2009 and loves teaching art! She has a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in art education from Boston University. She loves all art mediums, but particularly loves working with clay. She is passionate about sharing her love of art with students and instilling confidence in every artist!

Contact: pamela.mckenney@da.org

Board/Card Games

It's like Family Game Night ... in the afternoon! But in addition to some fun, good-natured competition, for each game we learn and play together, we will talk through the game's goal and the factors that go into the strategic choices one makes in an effort to achieve that goal.  We will also examine, together, different types of games and discuss how luck and skill are employed in each. Testing our mettle in areas like deduction, dexterity and cooperation and our mastery over categories like words and trivia, this course will be a light-hearted and varied exploration that will never leave us bored (yes, there will be puns too!).

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in room #121 from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

Jamie Spatola is a mother of three and a friend to many other children through her work as an administrator of summer basketball programs (www.spatolabasketballcamps.com), an aunt, a board member and active volunteer for several area youth-oriented organizations (including Durham Academy's Board of Trustees and the Emily K Center in Downtown Durham), an enrichment teacher at Durham Academy and an overall adorer of children and believer in the tremendous value of play. Jamie has experience in puzzle writing and board game development with Mental Floss and has co-authored two books on character, leadership and team-building with her father, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Contact: jamiespat@gmail.com

Chess

Information about Durham Academy's Chess program can be found at www.da.org/chess.

Chinese Language and Culture

The younger that children begin to learn Chinese, the easier it is to master the language. This Lower School Chinese class is designed to introduce both the Chinese language and culture to children living outside of China. The language is taught through children's songs, rhymes, games and activities. The main purpose of this is to motivate children to learn Chinese in a fun way, while allowing them to experience some of the Chinese culture as well. The instructors develop a study plan for each child depending on their learning style and pace with a goal of teaching children the skills, such as speaking and understanding the most common phrases, that are practical for everyday life.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • Class will be held in room #106 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of this class is $325.
  • For new students, an additional CD-ROM, priced at $20, can be purchased at the first class for the most effective home review.

Instructors

Ms. Tonya Shyu is native Chinese, and a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Certified Teacher. She was professionally trained at the Early Childhood Teacher Education in Taiwan. She was a full-time teacher for over 10 years in Taiwan before moving to the U.S. She is now a teacher at Cary Chinese School. She also previously taught at Chapel Hill Chinese Language and Culture School, and the Raleigh Chinese Language School, where she received the Best Teacher Award.

Ms. Alison Kum established the Extended Day Chinese program at DA in 2006 and has continued to work with the program since. Previously, Ms. Kum was vice principal at the Cary Chinese School, where she assisted the founders in school buildup. Also, she was the vice principal at the Durham Chinese School, where she assisted in setting up the Chinese preschool program.

Contact: Ms. Kum, alison.ngai@da.org

Advanced Chinese

We are very excited about this class for advanced LS Chinese students with years of learning experience. This opportunity better prepares LS students with more serious Chinese language and culture exposure, before they advance to be proud MS Chinese students! Successful enrollment in class is subject to Chinese teacher assessment and approval either before or during first class in the semester.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • Class will be held in room #106 from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of this class is $325.

Instructors

Ms. Tonya Shyu is native Chinese, and a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Certified Teacher. She was professionally trained at the Early Childhood Teacher Education in Taiwan. She was a full-time teacher for over 10 years in Taiwan before moving to the U.S. She is now a teacher at Cary Chinese School. She also previously taught at Chapel Hill Chinese Language and Culture School, and the Raleigh Chinese Language School, where she received the Best Teacher Award.

Ms. Alison Kum established the Extended Day Chinese program at DA in 2006 and has continued to work with the program since. Previously, Ms. Kum was vice principal at the Cary Chinese School, where she assisted the founders in school buildup. Also, she was the vice principal at the Durham Chinese School, where she assisted in setting up the Chinese preschool program.

Contact: Ms. Kum, alison.ngai@da.org

Chorus

The Durham Academy Lower School Chorus is open to all interested second- through fourth-grade students who love to sing. We will have lots of fun, and learn a variety of musical styles and genres. Students will improve their singing voices, make memories and make new friends, all while learning to work together to blend their voices and create beautiful music. Chorus members will share a few songs at Lower School assemblies during the spring semester.

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Lower School Chorus.

Watch a video summary of the Chorus class here!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in the Brumley PAB and Music Room #226 from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th grade students.
  • The cost for this class is $280.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he loves his job as DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching music in schools in since 2010 and he has been at DA since 2016. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Contact: luke.hoffman@da.org

Circus Play

Have you always wanted to run away with the circus? Well now you don’t have to. Let the circus come to you! Participants will have the opportunity to try a variety of ground based circus skills such as juggling, acro balance, hooping, clowning, and much more! These skills help develop balance, flexibility, and hand-eye coordination. Circus fosters community, teamwork, and promotes self confidence and creative discovery. So come find your fun and join us for something new!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
  • Classes will be held in the Brumley PAB Lobby from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

Katie Rebich is an internationally experienced circus coach and performer since 2009. She is currently involved in promoting literacy through circus with her Durham based aerial storytelling company, StoryUp! A high school theater teacher that ran away with the circus, Katie still has a great passion for teaching and is looking forward to sharing all of her circus knowledge with Durham Academy! www.katierebich.com www.storyupaerialtheater.com

Contact: rebich@gmail.com

Exploring Engineering with TECHSPLORERS

Exploring Engineering is a great way for young Techsplorers to find out first-hand how exciting science, technology and engineering can be! Each session we'll discover and explore new engineering disciplines through fun hands-on activities. We'll build towers, catapults, roller coasters, and bridges. We’ll use chemistry to create works of art and investigate a crime scene. We’ll crash test cars, launch water bottle rockets and design games with simple electric circuits. This class has it all!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays, 1/18 - 5/10 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 4/19. Make-up day is 5/17.
  • Classes will be held in the Art Room #216 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th graders.
  • The cost for this class is $325.

Instructor

Wendy Candler graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University in 2012. After working for Techsplorers in 2011 as an assistant instructor and developing curriculum for the NSF-funded TechXcite engineering education program at Duke University, she joined Techsplorers full-time as program director and a lead instructor to share her passion for all things science and technology and help inspire the next generation of young engineers.

Contact: wcandler@techsplorers.com

Fencing - Mid-South Fencers' Club

On guard! Fencing class is about having fun while developing a basic understanding of competitive Olympic fencing. This course is designed to enhance coordination and general physical ability through fencing and fencing-related games. Safety is always emphasized, and equipment is included. Classes are divided by grade level so students are able to learn and practice age-appropriate techniques with their peers.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays, 1/18 - 5/10 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 4/19. Make-up day is 5/17.
  • Classes will be held in the LS Gym: 
    • Grades 1-2 may take the 2:45 to 4:00 pm class.
    • Grades 3-4 may take the 4:05 to 5:05 pm class. Students in this class may attend Extended Day before class begins, at no additional charge.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS Gym.
  • The cost for this class is $325.

Instructor

Coach Jeff Kallio is an accredited Prevot d’ Armes with the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the Academie d’Armes Internationale. Jeff began fencing in 1998 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte fencing club. In 2000 Jeff began actively coaching at the college club as well as at other local area Charlotte fencing clubs in addition to competing at the national level. In 2005 Jeff began his professional coaching career at the Charlotte Fencing Academy, helping to establish the club as an entity in the fencing world and producing numerous national medalists as well as future NCAA athletes. Since moving to Durham in 2010, Jeff has served as coach, manager, and youth development coordinator.

Coach Jeff’s philosophy is centered around helping facilitate personal growth for all of his students through the sport of fencing and cultivating hard work and self reliance. He trains athletes in foil, epee’, and saber as well as teaching a wide array of classes ranging from beginner through advanced.

Contact: sciabola13@gmail.com

Folk Dancing

Come join Mr. Hoffman for lots of moving, learning, community building and fun on Friday afternoons in Folk Dancing! We’ll practice a variety of folk dances where students will learn about musical patterns, structures and form while getting lots of energy out! We’ll do all kind of circle dances, square dances and line dances from a variety of countries. If you like music, making friends, having fun and moving, then come join the Folk Dancing enrichment!

Watch a video summary of the Folk Dancing enrichment here!

Spring 2019 Sessions:

  • Classes will be held on Fridays, 1/18 - 5/10 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 4/19. Make-up day is 5/17.
  • Classes will be held in the Music Room #226 from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • The cost of the class is $260.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he loves his job as DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching music in schools in since 2010 and he has been at DA since 2016. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Contact: luke.hoffman@da.org

GEMS Engineering Club

The founder and director of The GEMS Club says it best: “Girls are vastly under-represented in the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] fields. ... This means that the world at large is missing out on the dreams and contributions of almost half of the population. What problems could be solved, discoveries made or diseases cured when more girls and women are working on our world’s challenges? We will never know unless we invite and encourage more girls to explore these enticing fields.”

Dedicated to building confidence, strengthening math skills, proving science conjectures and exploring technology, The GEMS Club is now at Durham Academy! It's available to girls in first through fourth grades. Yes, you are GEMS — Girls Excelling in Math and Science!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in the Math Café(room #209) from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost for this class is $480.

Instructor

Nataki McClain, DA's Lower School math specialist, holds a B.A. in elementary education from N.C. Central University and an M.Ed. from UNC-Chapel Hill in math. Mrs. McClain has been teaching second through fifth grades since 1997, and is an AIG (Academically Intellectually Gifted)-certified teacher. 

Contact: nataki.mcclain@da.org

Girls On The Run

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the program, girls develop essential skills to help them recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one-of-a-kind. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

https://www.gotrtriangle.org/

We are seeking one more DA parent volunteer coach. Please reach out to Kelly Cloninger, cloninger459@gmail.com, and/or Elliott Turnbull, elliott.turnbull@da.org, if you are interested in learning more. 

Spring 2019 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 2/4 - 4/29 (21 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/11, 3/13, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up days arranged as needed.
  • Class will be held in the Brumley PAB Lobby from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 3rd - 4th graders.
  • Registration for DA will open January 4, 2019, via the GOTR website: https://www.gotrtriangle.org/Program-Registration

Contact: Lead Parent Coach, Kelly Cloninger, cloninger459@gmail.com

Group Piano

Learning the language of music is like any other language — there are fundamentals that have to be mastered. To some, these fundamentals of music can be boring, to others daunting. This class is to provide a platform where fun and interactive activities can be implemented to help students learn the basics of music, quite possibly without the student even realizing they are learning! You will need to have a keyboard or piano in the home to practice on during the week, and yes, some home practice would be essential for mastery of the material covered. This class is for beginners. 

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
  • Class will be held in room #108 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Jeana Holdstock's love for children and love for teaching is the driving force behind her success at teaching music classes. She is a graduate of CFNI in Dallas, where she studied both voice and piano. She later furthered her studies at The Psalmody Academy of Performing Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. But it is her many years of experience that have given her the ability to find what motivates and challenges her students, so that their endeavors at learning the language of music and at learning the art of playing the piano are met with success. "I love teaching piano because it requires the discipline as a teacher to be systematic while at the same time affords me the opportunity to bring creative supplements where needed."

Contact: LmusicLcenter@msn.com

Guitar Lessons with Mr. Stafford

Children are naturally drawn to music. It creates an atmosphere of fun, interaction and excitement. It has the ability to draw us together and if we nurture that ability, music will provide a lifetime of joy and creative possibilities. These small group lessons will provide instruction on how to play guitar but will also provide an opportunity for students to play along with one another.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in the 1st Floor Commons from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $320.

Instructor

Mr. Terry Stafford has been playing music since 1974. He has played everything from bluegrass to heavy metal. He is currently playing in a country music-based variety band, Carla Wilson and All-American Country.

Contact: oger40@yahoo.com, 919-544-9130 (home) or 919-638-9796 (cell)

Gymnastics All Stars

Each Thursday, your child will gain strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and confidence in using all four gymnastics apparatus: vault, bars, beam and floor. Both new and returning students are welcome. All levels of experience are welcome; each child will be challenged according to their specific abilities. In the gymnastics program, the emphasis is on gaining both skill and confidence while having fun in a safe environment.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
  • Class will be held in the PS Great Room from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Rebekah Werner coaches the competitive and progressive teams at North Raleigh Gymnastics. She also coached the varsity gymnastics team at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. Mrs. Werner has been teaching preschool, kindergarten, beginner, intermediate and advanced recreational classes since 2001. She has her Safety Certification from USA-Gymnastics (since 1999), where she has been a professional member since 2004.

 Contact: rebekah.werner@gmail.com

Knitting for Beginners

Knitting is fun! In this beginner knitting class for 3rd and 4th graders, kids will learn the basic stitches needed to complete their first project. Knitting is a great way to encourage creativity, concentration, and relaxation. All materials are provided.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in the room #206 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • This class is open to 3rd - 4th graders.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Jean Coene has been teaching fourth graders at Durham Academy since 2005, and is the mother of a current fourth grader. She is a self-taught knitter and has enjoyed creating with yarn for many years, having learned to crochet at age six. Knitting is by far her favorite fiber art, and she hopes to share her love of this creative pastime with elementary students.

Contact: Jean.Coene@da.org

Little Medical School: Dentistry, Sports Medicine, and Disaster Preparation!

Little Medical School brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in an entertaining way.  Using interactive demonstrations, crafts, and games elementary aged children learn while having fun. In this course students will learn about dental anatomy and common dental procedures, discuss sports related injuries, practice how to prepare for natural disasters, and much more!

Visit Little Medical School's website to learn more.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
  • Class will be held in room #115 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Little Medical School of the greater Raleigh area was started by Olive Lamm, MD, MPH. Olive received her Master of Public Health in nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. She is board-certified in emergency medicine and practiced clinical medicine until she discovered her love for teaching children about rewarding careers in healthcare. All instructors are trained by a certified Little Medical School employee.

Contact: olive@littlemedicalschool.com

Martial Arts - Quest Center

Martial Arts training is hands-down the best vehicle for teaching the skills that our children need in their lives. Could your child use some practice being confident? Could improved balance and coordination help your child in sports pursuits? Could your child use more focus in school? Martial arts practice teaches and reinforces all of these attributes and many more all while being fun and motivating for your children. Durham Academy and Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts have partnered to provide you with a convenient way to give your child a competitive edge.

Tuesdays at 2:45 p.m., the Triangle's most experienced instructors will provide a To Shin Do martial arts class for your child at Durham Academy during Extended Day. Help your child unleash their potential! Please visit chquestcenter.com for more information.  

“Both of my boys have worked extremely hard to achieve black belt status at the Quest Center. They started at the age of four and learned at an early age about accomplishing goals with hard work through the stripe/belt progression. They learned self-confidence and self-esteem by their ability to defend themselves and their friends. Students are taught to respect themselves, their teachers, adults and their bodies. They learned about leadership by teaching younger students at the dojo. The skills they have learned at the Quest Center have helped them to become better students, athletes, and young men. I would highly recommend Mr. Hardee and his staff.” - Lori McCain (Durham Academy and Quest Parent) 

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in the LS Gym from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Classes are taught by Justin Panza. Justin has been teaching at Quest since 2010. He is a 3rd degree black belt in To-Shin Do and the Youth Director at Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts. If you would like more information about the program, please contact the Chapel Hill Quest Center.

Contact: 919-489-8893 or info@ncquestcenter.com

Math Club Explorations

Is your young scholar curious about math? Does he or she love to learn about math in different ways? In its third year, Durham Academy presents the Math Club for Lower Schoolers who are fanatics about mathematics! The Math Club is an enrichment-based group that stretches young intriguing minds. Being a member of the Math Club means that students will learn through logic puzzles, origami projects, numbers from all over the world and real-world applications.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Classes will be held in the Math Café(room #209) from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th graders.
  • The cost of the class is $320.

Instructor

Nataki McClain, DA's Lower School math specialist, holds a B.A. in elementary education from N.C. Central University and an M.Ed. from UNC-Chapel Hill in math. Mrs. McClain has been teaching second through fifth grades since 1997, and is an AIG (Academically Intellectually Gifted)-certified teacher. 

Contact: nataki.mcclain@da.org

Minecraft

Everyone’s favorite game just got even better! Participants will enter into the amazing world of Minecraft for a fun-filled semester of learning, creative building and designing, exploring, and collaborating. Minecrafters will be provided with access to our private multiplayer worlds during class. Whether your gamer prefers creative mode, survival mode, adventure maps, mini-games, or single player worlds, she/he will will have a great time playing Minecraft with other gamers in a creative and supportive environment.

Spring 2019 Sessions:

Tuesdays for 1st - 2nd Graders

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in TED Lab #204 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Fridays for 3rd - 4th graders

  • Classes will be held on Fridays, 1/18 - 5/10 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 4/19. Make-up day is 5/17.
  • Classes will be held in the TED Lab #204 from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • The cost of the class is $325.

Instructor

This class is taught by Michele Gutierrez, Lower School technology coordinator and teacher. Since 1995, Michele has been helping young people develop their computer science, technology and engineering skills through engaging curriculum, after school clubs and summer camps.

Contact: michele.gutierrez@da.org

Music Lessons at Durham Academy

Please check out our Music Lesson Information page for details on the following instruments:  

  • Flute
  • Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Violin

If you are interested in studying an instrument for which we do not currently offer instruction, or if you would like more information about these programs, please contact Jackie Nappi, after-school music coordinator, at jackie.nappi@da.org.

Orff Ensemble

Do you like to play games, sing, move, and play instruments!? Orff is a music pedagogy that uses games, songs, poems, rhymes, dances, and instruments as vehicles to actively learn tangible music skills. In the Orff Ensemble, we’ll use all of these activities to learn music together and apply them using the large xylophones that are spread across the music room. We’ll work together as a whole ensemble and we’ll spend time creating our own music in smaller groups too.

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Lower School Orff ensemble.

Watch a video summary of the Orff Ensemble enrichment here!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • Class will be held in the Music Room #226 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th grade students.
  • The cost of this class is $325.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he loves his job as DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching music in schools in since 2010 and he has been at DA since 2016. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Contact: luke.hoffman@da.org

Soccer

During our soccer program, players will practice actual soccer techniques like shooting, serving, stop-turning, dribbling, awareness of the field, attacking, defending and passing. Additionally, players will be placed in small manageable teams where they will develop these techniques under the pressure of the game. However, we won’t forget to have fun and enjoy camaraderie and sportsmanship! Their instructor will help players observe and develop easy strategies to achieve end goals and improve technique while boosting their confidence! 

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in the LS Gym from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost for this class is $320.

Instructor

Moussa N'Diaye fell in love with soccer playing daily pick-up games in the streets of Senegal. As a youth, he attended soccer academy in Créteil, France for three years full-time. He subsequently played in multiple leagues of increasing prominence in Senegal (West Africa) culminating in playing pro soccer for Jeanne d'Arc de Dakar. He has vast experience coaching soccer at schools and camps in Senegal and North Carolina. He is looking forward to coaching at his son's school Durham Academy.

Contact: moussa55@gmail.com

Sports with Mr. Irons

Come and join Mr. Irons for an hour of fun and exercise on Mondays after school. We will be playing all of your PE favorites and introducing some all-new games for you to enjoy. Grades 1-4 are welcome.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • Class will be held in the LS Gym from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of this class is $260.

Instructor

Costen Irons has been teaching Lower School PE at Durham Academy since 2006. He is the varsity cross country and track coach.

Contact: costen.irons@da.org 

STEM Challenge w/ LEGO® Materials

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Bulldozers, Hovercrafts, Hot Air Balloons, and the Great Wall of China Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
  • Class will be held in the 1st Floor Commons from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $320.

Instructor

Joey Zielazinski recently returned from the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he served with his wife in the Peace Corps for two years, teaching English. Originally from Oklahoma, he is now a proud Durham resident, and loves rock ’n’ roll, comedy and hot dogs.

Contact: Joey, zielazinski@gmail.com; Paul Deans with Play-Well TEKnologies, paul@play-well.org

TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf is a youth development program for pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade students. TGA conducts a five level after school golf enrichment program that takes place primarily at elementary schools and youth centers across the U.S. TGA’s curriculum was created by golf professionals and education experts to include lesson plans that are fun, safe and educational. TGA’s program can be conducted indoors or out, on concrete or grass, year-round by utilizing fields, blacktops, gyms and even hallways. As students matriculate through the five-level program, TGA provides opportunities for them to apply the skills they’re learning at their schools to the golf course through transition programs such as TGA camps, tournaments and clinics at partner golf facilities. TGA then gets the whole family to get involved through mom classes and parent/child events.

All TGA programs serve as an extension of the classroom by incorporating the following components:

·       Golf instruction that is age-appropriate, effective and retainable

·       Character development lessons through our initiative “Play the Fair Way with TGA”

·       Physical education and fitness

·       Rules and etiquette lessons utilizing our custom 2 Hole Teaching Aid

·       Academic lessons in math, science, history and English 

Every TGA student gets our custom-made Student Handbook that includes all of these lessons plus interactive activities, skills challenges and notes. TGA provides all necessary equipment, including multiple sizes of junior golf clubs that properly fit kids ages 3-16 and an innovative practice ball that is safe for schools but flies like a real golf ball. All TGA instructors are certified through an extensive training program.

Learn more at playtga.com/wakecounty.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
  • Classes will be held in the LS Gym from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

George Greason, Territory Director (Golf & Tennis)

George brings over 40 years of golf experience to TGA, including six years as a PGA professional. After working for six years as a PGA professional, he ventured out to the world of entrepreneurship to run his own industrial supply company. Joining TGA in 2012, George immediately brought his energy and excitement to all of his classes. When TGA launched TGA Premier Youth Tennis shortly after, George was eager to get into the tennis classes to continue his passion in working with kids. George is now Territory Director in charge of the Raleigh and Wake Forest area.  George has been teaching at Durham Academy since 2016.

Contact: Maryann Von Seggern, TGA of Wake County Chapter Director,   mvonseggern@playtga.com

Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band

Do you like to play music?! Do you want to learn to play two instruments in one enrichment class with Mr. Hoffman?! If so, come join the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band. We’ll learn to play the baritone ukulele (exactly like guitar, just with four strings) and the recorder. In each class, we’ll spend some time together learning both instruments as a whole group and then students will break into smaller bands to create new music. Students will learn tangible skills like reading music, learning chords and learning to play in a group, while having fun and making friends. Come join Mr. Hoffman in the Recorder and Ukulele Jam Band!

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band!

Watch a video of the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band enrichment here!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in the Music Room #226 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 3rd - 4th grade students.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he loves his job as DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching music in schools in since 2010 and he has been at DA since 2016. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Contact: luke.hoffman@da.org

LS After-School Program Contacts

Dan Gilson
Extended Day Director
919-489-3400 x2336
919-489-3400 x2304 (classroom number) 

 

Cathy Sorgi
Lower School Extended Day Coordinator 
919-489-3400 x2304 

  

Elliott Turnbull
Enrichments Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2304 

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