Upper School Clubs

At the beginning of each school year, Upper School students solicit interest and membership for a number of clubs and activities, all completely student-driven. Most club activities are scheduled into tutorial or lunch periods, during the school day.

The majority of clubs are community service-focused or have a community service aspect. Others center around a range of interests — from social justice and politics, to insects and origami, to philosophy and finance. As a result clubs being student-driven, offerings vary by year. See below for recent club offerings.

A Lotta Love

Organize fundraisers for A Lotta Love and help with the redecorating/painting/re-furnishing of family shelter furniture.

Arabic and Arab Culture Club (Arif)

Teach the Arabic language to those interested in learning it and educate others about Arab culture in an effort to decrease prejudice.

Astronomy Club

Increase our student body’s interest in the universe around us.

Ballroom Dance Club

Teach willing DA students social ballroom dancing, learning the basics of dances like salsa, cha-cha, rumba, foxtrot, waltz and tango.

Be Loud! Sophie

Raise money and awareness for teenagers living with cancer in the hospital. Be Loud! Sophie is dedicated to keeping these young adults active and involved in their communities, in memory of Sophie Steiner.

BIGG (Big Ideas for the Greater Good)

BIGG stands for Big Ideas for the Greater Good.  It pushes for students to come up with fun and creative ways to improve the community around them. We strive to follow the example of DA alumnus Chris Rosati '89 — the founder of Inspire MEdia Network — in his mission to spread happiness around the world, one small act of kindness at a time.

Book Harvest

Book Harvest works to provide books to children who need them and to promote literacy and academic success.

Bridge Club

Learn to play bridge (with an intro to other older games if wanted by members) and eventually host a tournament.

Bundle Up Durham

Provide winter coats to children in need in the Durham area.

Chinese Club

Promote cultural diversity while exploring the Chinese language and culture.


Increase exposure to computer science — especially to groups typically underrepresented in the field (women, students of color, etc…).

DAD (DA Discussions) Club

Facilitate important conversations on our campus revolving around current, controversial topics in our community and world.

DAD (DA Dungeons and Dragons)

Expose students to Dungeons and Dragons and have students meet one other across grades and social groups.

DArtboard Finance Club

Educate students about financial markets and the U.S. economic machine.

Deep Thoughts Club

Have fun, enjoyable discussions and debates about philosophy.

Disaster Relief Club

Raise money for and awareness of international disasters when they happen throughout the year.

Diversity Club

Educate people on the topics of race, gender, religion, and socioeconomic status. Expand DA's moral conscience and promote justice and equality.

Durham Academy Performers Society

Promote music throughout the community to brighten the lives of everyone.

Engineering World Health

Educate students about biomedical devices and engineering while helping to build medical infrastructure in the developing world.

ESL for Kids

Teach English to refugee children as a second language; fundraise for clothes, school supplies and other things refugees might need; create a bond with our community (Durham and Chapel Hill).


Encourage appreciation of French and Francophone culture through food, film and various outings and activities.

French Club

To learn about finance and business processes beyond the visible, obvious layer, by attracting guest speakers.

Friendly Focus

Visit LiveWell elder care homes around Durham and Chapel Hill every other week.


Raise awareness for children in rural India and raise funds for the Agastya International Foundation.

Go Green Club

Build awareness and advocate for environmentalism in the Durham Academy community; work to make the Upper School a more environmentally sustainable campus.

Goals for Girls

Connect girls from different countries with their peers in a forum that addresses social and health challenges through cultural exchange and soccer. The Goals for Girls Club hosts FIFA tournaments and Just Dance tournaments to promote message of gender equality to boys and girls and to raise money.

Green and White (Newspaper)

Produce a student-led print and online newspaper approximately once a month.

The GAINS Club

Connect girls and women with a passion for STEM to encourage, teach and support one another. Learn more about GAINS (Girls Advancing In STEM) at http://gainsnetwork.org.

Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Strengthen the inclusive and tolerant aspects of the Durham Academy community; fight to ensure the rights of those who are discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity’s purpose is to sow the seeds for future economic and political prosperity in this country.  It seeks to allow hard working people who don’t have enough money to buy a home the opportunity to get a place to live in, giving them the right footing for future economic success.

He For She Club

He for She works to incorporate men into the conversation around women’s rights issues and educate young men about gender-based discrimination.

Hip-Hop Club

Educate people about hip-hop and make beautiful music.

Hip Hop Dance Club

Offer an alternative, more contemporary upbeat style of dance for the community; help boost confidence while performing in front of crowds; participate in activities such as the annual Culture and Community Festival.

Hope Valley Elementary Tutoring

Provide free tutoring to ESL students at Hope Valley Elementary School each Saturday afternoon on DA's campus.


Help elementary age kids learn through music by supporting Durham's Kidznotes after-school program.

Indian Culture Club

Raise awareness of Indian culture on campus.

Junior State America Chapter

Fight political apathy and foster an environment in which students can have meaningful political discussions and become engaged citizens.

Neature Club

Educate students on basic environmental ethics, and go out and participate in outdoor activities.


Help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Orbit Village Project

Raise money to help educate kids in Kenya.

Math Team

Prepare students for math competitions in and out of school, as well as discuss math and to foster interest in math.

Origami Club

Spread the joy of origami and give back to the community through teaching students how to fold paper into beautiful things.

Learn Korean Club

Teach students about the Korean language, culture, and cuisine.

Operation Entomology

Raise awareness of the many endangered insect species, protect and rehabilitate local endangered insect species, and host insect-related activities on all campuses of DA.

Model United Nations

Prepare students to attend Model UN conferences around the country.

Philosophy Club

provide a space for a gathering of students to meet, Eat lunch, and engage in stimulating, intellectual discourse about philosophical questions and dilemmas – classical and contemporary, pressing and absurd.

Pomeranian Page

Raise money for the local Durham dog rescues like the Animal Protection Society of Durham and New Hope Animal Hospital.


Raise funds and canned goods to support PORCH-Durham, which supports food pantries in Durham.

Prospectors Club

Educate students on resource extraction and take trips to find lots of gold, silver, platinum, etc…

PSCORE (People for Successful Corean Reunification)

Raise awareness about human rights issues through the North Korean defectors, and learn about the potential challenges of reunification; raise money for the PSCORE organization.

Red Cross Club

Organize blood drives, rally volunteers and raise awareness about how one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Refugee Awareness and Service Association (RASA)

Working with the Church World Service, build awareness for the hardships of refugees around the world and those who are in our own community.

Ronald McDonald House Club

Provide aid and comfort to families who have children in the hospital with serious illnesses. The Ronald McDonald House gives the families housing, food, fun, and peace of mind during their time of stress.

Rock Paper Scissors and Strategy Club

Teach advanced RPS strategies, host tournaments and raise money for charity.

Rest, Relaxation and Release (RR&R) Club

Provide a place for students to release from any stresses.

Sand Volleyball Club

Give students the opportunity to play and learn about sand volleyball.

Science Olympiad

Compete and succeed in a Science Olympiad invitational tournament, the regional tournament, and the state tournament

SHE Club

provide a safe place for those who identify as girls at Durham Academy to discuss issues affecting women at school and in the world; to create a support system for DA girls, and to raise school-wide awareness of the issues women face within the local and global communities

SHE Club

Provide a safe place for those who identify as girls at Durham Academy to discuss issues affecting women at school and in the world; create a support system for DA girls, and raise school-wide awareness of the issues women face within the local and global communities.


Help to support SOCK Camp, a camp that provides underprivileged kids with a full week of fun – including arts & crafts, group activities, science experiments and games. Learn more at www.da.org/SOCK.

Speech and Debate Team

Provide opportunities for students to become involved in local and/or national speech and debate competitions. Learn more at www.dadebate.com.

Stop Hunger Now

Raise money for the Stop Hunger Now organization and organize the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service meal-packaging event at DA.

Student Ambassadors

Support the DA Admissions Office by training tour guides, training ninth- and 10th-graders to be student hosts, and greeting families and new students on campus as needed.

Students for Troops

Better the lives of both active duty soldiers and veterans of our military.

Treat Yo Self (Student Wellness Club)

Create an environment in which students can get away from stress and learn how to get more happiness in their daily lives and spread it around campus.

Quidditch Club

Organize several Quidditch matches throughout the year and engage both students and faculty in this magical sport.

Water Polo Club

Spread awareness for the sport of water polo and enjoy playing it in the process.


Raise money for the WISER school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

Young Republicans

To discuss political occurrences, campiagn and raise money for charity.

Young Life

Help fellow Christian students grow in their faith, create a fun and welcoming environment, and provide students with positive role models from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Nicaragua Club

Prepare for and organize a trip to Nicaragua during spring break

Meals on Wheels Club

Gain awareness and to raise money for Meals on Wheels of Durham

Learn Korean Club

Teach students about the Korean language, culture and cuisine.

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