Academics at Durham Academy has a deliberate focus in each division. In the Preschool and Lower School, teachers create a warm and welcoming environment that launches a love of learning and a lifetime of intellectual curiosity. In Middle School, students start their path to maturity, discovering their talents and inspirations and developing the core values and habits that help them along their journey. In Upper School, students immerse themselves in their passions, with a flexible, diverse curriculum and dedicated faculty that challenges and supports them as thinkers and young adults.
To do this, DA is organized into three distinct neighborhoods — one serving students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade; a Middle School for fifth- through eighth-graders; and an Upper School for grades nine through 12. Each school has its own campus, faculty and administrators.
A school works best when it works with the growing intellectual, physical and social abilities of each child. The learning environment and opportunities that we offer reflect appreciation and recognition of children's developmental timetables, individuality and unique interests and capacities. We seek to teach essential skills — literacy, mathematics, creative thinking and problem-solving — that children can use to learn about their world.