Middle School After-School Programs

Middle School Extended Day

Middle School classes end at 3:02 p.m., at which time students may go directly to the Extended Day classroom in room #408. Any student is welcome to drop in to Extended Day or Study Hall without prearranged notification. Any student on campus after 3:30 p.m. without direct supervision by a parent, coach or teacher will be brought to Study Hall on Monday through Thursday and to Extended Day on Friday.

During Extended Day, children are offered a snack and then may go to the computer lab to do their homework. When their homework is completed (or if they don't have any homework), there are many activities in which they can participate, including Gaga, ping-pong, foosball, basketball, badminton, outdoor play, board games, card games, puzzles, chess and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

The Middle School Extended Day is a free-flowing, relaxed atmosphere where kids have a chance to be with their friends after a busy day. All children must be signed out of Extended Day by a parent, guardian or babysitter before they are allowed to leave for the day. 

2018-2019 Annual Tuition for Middle School Extended Day

Children may enroll in Extended Day for two, three or five days per week. Drop-in is also available for $40/day. Students who come to Extended Day after an Extended Day run enrichment will be charged a $15 drop-in fee. 

  • Two days: $2,105/year
  • Three days: $2,925/year
  • Five days: $4,295/year (*All-Day Care days are free with this contract selection)
  • Drop-in: $40/day
  • After-enrichment drop-in: $15/day
  • Contracts are billed through your student account in nine 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.
Late Fees

If students are not picked up by 6 p.m., an additional $10/every five minutes will be charged. If you know you will be late, please call 919-489-9118, ext. 4345.

Middle School Study Hall

Study Hall is offered at the Middle School from 3:15 to 5 p.m. and is supervised by Teresa Engebretsen, a member of the Middle School faculty. Study Hall occurs in the computer lab and gives students an opportunity to finish homework in a quiet and supportive setting. Students enrolled in Study Hall only (not Extended Day) should remain in the Study Hall classroom until they are picked up by 5 p.m. and should have a book on hand to read in the case that they finish their homework. Study Hall is available at no additional charge to children with Extended Day annual contracts or to Extended Day drop-ins. 

Please note that there is no Study Hall on Fridays or the last day of the school week. Children with a Study Hall contract may attend Extended Day at no additional charge on those days until 5 p.m. All students must be signed out of Study Hall by a parent, guardian or babysitter before they will be allowed to leave for the day. 

2018-2019 Annual Tuition for Middle School Study Hall
  • Five days: $3,190/year
  • Drop-in: $25/day
  • 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.

What is the Difference Between Extended Day and Study Hall?

The difference between enrolling in or dropping into Study Hall vs. Extended Day is that Study Hall students must stay in the Study Hall room until they are picked up, and they must be picked up by 5 p.m. Extended Day students must be picked up by 6 p.m. and can leave the Study Hall room to play in Extended Day when their homework is complete.

Middle School Enrichments 

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.

In an effort to make these programs more affordable, we will now bill them in installments. Fall enrichments will be billed in October, November and December, and Spring enrichments will be billed in February, March and April.  

Board/Card Games: History, Strategy, and Fun

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).

Fall 2018 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in room #206.
  • The cost of the class is $325.

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.

Chess

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

Intro to Teamwork and Leadership

This course will be driven by a study of words/concepts fundamental to teamwork and leadership including empathy, communication, courage and enthusiasm. 

Using materials from a variety of multimedia sources including the written word, music, film and storytelling, we will learn together what each word means and experience examples of those words in action.

The goal of this enrichment is for each of us to not only learn the definition of these words and what they mean through the eyes of others, but to own these words through understanding how they fit into each of our individual lives.

We will have fun. We will work together and be silly together. We will get to know one another and learn more about ourselves by being a part of this team.

Fall 2018 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (11 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Classes will be held in room #505 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • The cost for this class is $275.

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 power of teamwork. Jamie has co-authored two books on character, leadership and team-building with her father, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

LEGO Robotics

The Middle School FIRST LEGO League Enrichment (MSFLL) is different than any other DA Enrichment you or your children have ever considered. In order for this enrichment to be successful, parents and their children must commit to supporting a team of up to three to five students over the course of five to six months. We need at least two parents to serve as coaches (one coach supervises robots, and one coach supervises projects) and two parents to serve as team supporters per team in order to have teams. Without parental support, this enrichment is not possible. 

FLL is a robotics program that introduces young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Teams can be composed of up to 10 children, though the preferred DA size is three to five members. FLL teams have adult coaches, but coaches do not need any technical experience. In FLL, the children do the work — like program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements — the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values — make up the yearly "Challenge." Teams may also fundraise, create a team identity and talk to experts in the field.

While students who were on teams last year and those who took the Middle School Lego Class as part of the after-school program in the spring will have priority, there may well be some open spots for students who have worked with the Lego EV3 robot and are strong team members.

Please email Karl Schaefer karl.schaefer@da.org if your child would like to be a part of this class or if you have any questions. 

Instructor

Karl Schaefer is the Middle School Digital Learning Coordinator and Computer Department Chair. He is an NCAIS Master Teacher and longtime blogger at http://528tech.edublogs.org. He has taught young and old how to get the most out of technology while also maintaining a balance in the use of technology. When not teaching, he is on his farm where he enjoys being off line and on land. 

Music Lessons at Durham Academy

Please visit our Music Lessons page for details on the following instruments in private and group lesson format:
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo
  • Percussion
  • 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.

MS Fencing

On guard! Fencing class is designed to have 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.

Fall 2018 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (12 classes).
  • No class on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Classes will be held in the Movement Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • The cost for this class is $300.

Instructor

Chris Cheney is the newest coach to join Mid-South Fencers' Club's team. Chris has been a professional coach for 7 years and began fencing in 2002. Chris has won numerous regional titles, two national championships, and represented team USA as part of the World Cup team, and more recently as part of Team USA at the Pan American Sports Festival.

MS After-School Program Contacts

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

 

Zakia VanHoose
Middle School Extended Day Coordinator
919-489-9118 x4345

 

Elliott Turnbull
Enrichments Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2304 

 
 

Angela Luu
Middle School Extended Day

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