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 

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 walk-in, at the room where the class is held.

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.

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.

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).

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 Room #505 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
  • 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.

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.

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 Movement Room #409 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

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.

Contact: Chris@midsouthfencersclub.org

Hip Hop & Street Dance 101

Too often people walk into a hip hop class and never actually learn any real groove, foundation or technique. In this class we will be covering the basic principles associated with hip hop dance and culture, and dive into the history of the culture of how it started and where it’s at today! We will cover a variety of different techniques from breaking, popping, locking & social dances!

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 Movement Room #409 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
  • The cost for this class is $325.

Instructor

Jose Velasquez is originally from Los Angeles CA and moved to Durham at an early age. He started dancing at a young age at family events and would follow and copy a lot of the choreography he would see from music videos. As he got older he started learning more about the different techniques and styles associated with street dance culture. He’s been teaching hip hop in the triangle area and across the state since 2004.

Contact: 919-599-9076, J_velasquez_1986@yahoo.com

MS Robotics

You have played with LEGOs for years, now you can learn to build and program LEGO Mindstorm EV3 and Sphero Spark robots. I wanted all of you LEGO and robot lovers to know: I will be offering this after-school enrichment where we will meet in the Boardroom to build robots and program them on your iPads.

Students will work alone and in pairs to design, construct, and program robots that perform a variety of movements and tasks. The MS Robotics class will develop the skills needed to join the First LEGO League competition teams in the fall of 2019. All materials will be supplied and stored at school. You can attend study hall before class at no charge. Class is limited to 12 students as we have 6 kits with 2 students working together.

Learn more about EV3: https://education.lego.com/en-us/middle-school/intro/mindstorms-ev3

Learn more about Sphero: https://www.sphero.com/

Learn more about First LEGO League: http://www.firstlegoleague.org

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 MS Board Room from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

Mr. Schaefer is the DA Middle School Digital Learning Coordinator. He has taught children to learn while having fun since 1993.

Contact: karl.schaefer@da.org

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.

Triple Threat Training

In Triple Threat Training, young artists have the exciting opportunity to SING, DANCE and ACT all at the same time! This high-energy class focuses the skill development of students in singing, acting, and dancing, by providing instruction that is challenging while being supportive and lots of fun! The class will culminate in a sharing of our work for family and friends. All experience levels in singing, acting and dancing are welcome — see you on the dance floor!

Spring 2019 Sessions:

Wednesdays:

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/23 - 5/1 (12 classes).
  • No class 3/13 (spring break), 4/3 (8th Grade Coastal trip), 4/17 (8th Grade Drama Show). Make-up day is 5/3.
  • Classes will be held in the Drama Room #705 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm.
  • Dress Rehearsal: Monday, 4/29, 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
  • Performances will be on 4/30 (in school assembly at 11:09 a.m.) and 5/1 at 4:00 p.m.
  • The cost for this class is $300.

Thursdays:

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/24 - 5/2 (12 classes).
  • No class 3/14 (spring break), 4/4 (8th Grade Coastal trip), 4/18 (8th Grade Drama Show). Make-up day is 5/3.
  • Classes will be held in the Drama Room #705 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm.
  • Dress Rehearsal: Monday, 4/29, 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
  • Performances will be on 4/30 (in school assembly at 11:09 a.m.) and 5/2 at 4:00 p.m.
  • The cost for this class is $300.

Instructor

These sessions are led by Ellen Brown, who has served as DA's Middle School drama teacher and director since 2015. She has extensive experience in directing young people in theatre and musical theatre, having worked professionally as a director and performer in NYC for over a decade prior to moving to Durham. She has an M.A. in Applied Theatre, M.A. in Teaching, and a B.F.A in Theatre.

Contact: ellen.brown@da.org

Yoga Around the World

A yoga class filled with playful movements, games, and teen/tween friendly music.  The teen/tweens will learn how to use yoga poses, sequences and yoga breathing as a way to build strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness while having fun.

Yoga Mats can be purchased for $8.00/mat.  The mats will be used in a painting activity as a class yoga activity.

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 Movement Room #409 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

Ingrid Saddler-Walker – Certified 200hr Yoga Instructor 95hr Childrens Yoga Instructor

I am a certified yoga instructor with Radiant Child Family Yoga with a certification teaching yoga to children.  I am also trained in Childlight Yoga for Children and Mindfulness as well as a Childlight Yoga teacher for Teens/Tweens.  I am trained with Mindful Schools Fundamentals as well as the Mindful Schools K – 12 Curriculum. I have been teaching yoga since 2009 and have taught kids and teens/tweens yoga in afterschool programs at Durham Parks and Recreation and Durham Public Schools. I am a licensed NC School Counselor with Durham Public Schools since 2000.

Contact: deesawalk@msn.com

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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