Summer Programs FAQs

Q. What kind of camps do you offer?

A. We offered more than 275 camps in 2018, ranging from our Academic Camps (language arts and math — kindergarten to SAT prep) to Athletic Camps (basketball, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, fencing, flag football, dodgeball and more) to Enrichment Camps (art, engineering, technology, science, crafts, chess, languages, music, cooking, humanities, etc.). Since our selections change from year to year and camps are run and designed by the instructors leading them, please visit for a full listing.

Q. Wow, there are so many camps. How can I view just the ones that apply to my child?

A. The simplest shortcut is to start the registration process by clicking on the Registration tab (once registration opens around mid-December). There is no commitment, and the first few questions ask the age of your child, which weeks you are interested in participating and if you’d like a morning or afternoon camp (or both). The filter will show you all of the camps that apply to your child!

Q. Do Academic Camps count for any kind of credit towards school?

A. No. These camps are intended to help students remain academically engaged over the summer, not as course credit. Parents are given an assessment at the end of the camp and academic camp instructors will share attendance information with schools if parents request it but will not write letters of recommendation for schools/admissions offices.

Q. When can I view and register for camps?

A. Camps will be viewable online around Thanksgiving.

Camps will be open for registration in mid December.

Q. What are the hours of camps and activities?


  • Before Care runs from 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Morning (A.M.) camps run from 9 a.m.-noon
  • Lunch supervision runs from noon-1 p.m.
  • Afternoon (P.M.) camps run from 1-4 p.m.
  • After Care runs from 4-5:30 p.m.

Q. Where are your camps located?

A. All of our camps are located at Durham Academy Lower School at 3501 Ridge Road, Durham, N.C., 27705. Some camps will take place next door at our Upper School campus, which is connected to the Lower School campus and some at the Middle School campus on Academy Road, but we will provide transportation to and from camp from the Lower School for those sessions.

Q. Where do I drop off and pick up my child for camp?

A. BEFORE/AFTER CARE: If you are dropping of at Before Care or picking up from After Care, when you pull into our campus, make your first left and follow the signs all the way around the back of the Lower School until you can park facing our Lower School Playground. Before Care and After Care is located in the Lower School gym, which is the large building on your left as you walk onto the playground.

A.M./P.M. CAMPS: Drop-off and pick-up for all of our camps will be in the car line in the front of the Lower school. As you pull into the Lower School, simply drive straight and go around our carpool loop until you reach the front of the building. Our staff will greet you and your child and escort or direct them to their camp depending on their age and comfort level.

  • Drop-off for Before Care begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Lower School Gym.
  • Drop-off for A.M. camps begins at 8:50 a.m. in the front of the Lower School.
  • Drop-off for P.M. camps begins at 12:50 p.m. in the front of the Lower School.
  • Pick-up from A.M. camps begins at noon in the front of the Lower School.
  • Pick-up from P.M. camps begins at 4 p.m. in the front of the Lower School.
  • Pick-up from After Care is by 5:30 p.m. in the Lower School Gym.

Q. Do you provide lunch for my child?

A. No, we do not provide lunch; however, during registration, you may see an option for “Lunch Supervision” which means that your child will be eating lunch with our summer camp group, supervised by our staff. We do have vendors who will provide lunch to your child in our "lunch bunch," but you must order and pay through their own websites. We do provide snacks during each camp, but children are always welcome to bring their own snacks if they want.

Q. Are there any discounts available for your camps?

A. Yes, we offer an A.M./P.M. camp discount, which applies to anyone who is registered for an A.M. and P.M. camp of the same week. This provides a discount of $40 from the cost of camp for the week, as well as free lunch supervision from noon-1 p.m. — an additional $50 value. When registering, make sure to sign up for both A.M. and P.M. camps of the same week during the same online registration session; do not select the “lunch supervision” option — it will be added automatically for free at checkout.

Q. Do you offer any Financial Aid for campers?

A. Yes! In 2018, more than 60 children were able to attend camp thanks to our scholarship program. Each of our 270-plus camps offered spaces made available free of charge to scholarship recipients, and lunch and transportation is provided in many cases.

Because it is not possible for us to independently assess and assign aid packages, we ask parties interested in financial aid to go to and apply for our aid there. There is a $34 fee for applying, but anyone who is accepted will receive a  discount of $150 for Academic Camps and $75 for Enrichment Camps for up to six camps. Alternatively, if your child is enrolled in the subsidized lunch program at his/her school, they automatically are accepted for aid. In matters of greater need, please send in a letter of appeal to the camp director, and we will do our best to help!

Q. My child attends Hill Learning Center. Do you provide transportation from there to Durham Academy?

A. Yes, we do provide transportation from Hill Learning Center to Durham Academy (either on a minibus or a supervised walk) for students joining our camps from Hill. We also include free lunch supervision to help ease the transition (please pack a lunch for you child). If you plan on having your child join us from Hill, please notify the summer camp office at

Q. What does PPK mean, and how old does my child need to be to attend camps at Durham Academy?

A. PPK is our term for Pre-Pre-Kindergarten and refers to 3-year-old campers. We begin accepting campers who are at least 3 years old by the start of their camp, and they must be potty trained.
Summer Programs 2019
  • Week 1: June 10–14
  • Week 2: June 17–21
  • Week 3: June 24–28
  • Week 4: July 1–3
  • Week 5: July 8–12
  • Week 6: July 15–19
  • Week 7: July 22–26

Summer Programs Contacts

Dan Gilson
Summer Programs Director


Jennifer Thornton
Assistant Summer Programs Director



William Edwards
Assistant Summer Programs Director



Zakia VanHoose
Volunteer Coordinator & Before and After Care Coordinator


Casey Rogers
Office Assistant


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