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.
Organize fundraisers for A Lotta Love and help with the redecorating/painting/re-furnishing of family shelter furniture.
Teach the Arabic language to those interested in learning it and educate others about Arab culture in an effort to decrease prejudice.
Increase our student body’s interest in the universe around us.
Teach willing DA students social ballroom dancing, learning the basics of dances like salsa, cha-cha, rumba, foxtrot, waltz and tango.
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 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 works to provide books to children who need them and to promote literacy and academic success.
Learn to play bridge (with an intro to other older games if wanted by members) and eventually host a tournament.
Provide winter coats to children in need in the Durham area.
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…).
Facilitate important conversations on our campus revolving around current, controversial topics in our community and world.
Expose students to Dungeons and Dragons and have students meet one other across grades and social groups.
Educate students about financial markets and the U.S. economic machine.
Have fun, enjoyable discussions and debates about philosophy.
Raise money for and awareness of international disasters when they happen throughout the year.
Educate people on the topics of race, gender, religion, and socioeconomic status. Expand DA's moral conscience and promote justice and equality.
Promote music throughout the community to brighten the lives of everyone.
Educate students about biomedical devices and engineering while helping to build medical infrastructure in the developing world.
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.
To learn about finance and business processes beyond the visible, obvious layer, by attracting guest speakers.
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.
Build awareness and advocate for environmentalism in the Durham Academy community; work to make the Upper School a more environmentally sustainable campus.
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.
Produce a student-led print and online newspaper approximately once a month.
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.
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’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 works to incorporate men into the conversation around women’s rights issues and educate young men about gender-based discrimination.
Educate people about hip-hop and make beautiful music.
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.
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.
Raise awareness of Indian culture on campus.
Fight political apathy and foster an environment in which students can have meaningful political discussions and become engaged citizens.
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.
Raise money to help educate kids in Kenya.
Prepare students for math competitions in and out of school, as well as discuss math and to foster interest in math.
Spread the joy of origami and give back to the community through teaching students how to fold paper into beautiful things.
Teach students about the Korean language, culture, and cuisine.
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.
Prepare students to attend Model UN conferences around the country.
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.
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.
Educate students on resource extraction and take trips to find lots of gold, silver, platinum, etc…
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.
Organize blood drives, rally volunteers and raise awareness about how one pint of blood can save up to three lives.
Working with the Church World Service, build awareness for the hardships of refugees around the world and those who are in our own community.
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.
Teach advanced RPS strategies, host tournaments and raise money for charity.
Provide a place for students to release from any stresses.
Give students the opportunity to play and learn about sand volleyball.
Compete and succeed in a Science Olympiad invitational tournament, the regional tournament, and the state tournament
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
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.
Provide opportunities for students to become involved in local and/or national speech and debate competitions. Learn more at www.dadebate.com.
Raise money for the Stop Hunger Now organization and organize the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service meal-packaging event at DA.
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.
Better the lives of both active duty soldiers and veterans of our military.
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.
Organize several Quidditch matches throughout the year and engage both students and faculty in this magical sport.
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.
To discuss political occurrences, campiagn and raise money for charity.
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.
Prepare for and organize a trip to Nicaragua during spring break
Teach students about the Korean language, culture and cuisine.