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Upper School science and humanities center takes shape as Middle School campus gears up for master planning

Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner outlines DA's blueprint for the future - strategic enrollment and facilities growth that will take place as part of the 2015 Strategic Plan. The multi-year, long-range plan calls for incremental growth in enrollment to be phased over the next 10-15 years, the construction of a new science and humanities center at the Upper School and a comprehensive renovation of the Middle School campus to support unprecedented demand for the DA experience.

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Posted Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 5:51:00 PM
One after the other, they funneled their emotions — frustration, hope, grief, anger, love, disappointment — into the microphone. A bright spotlight cast upon the students on stage obscured the fact, at least for a few minutes, that Durham Academy Middle School's Taylor Hall was packed with a couple hundred fellow middle schoolers who were hanging on their every word.
Posted Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 4:33:00 PM
You wouldn't think the words "professional development" would have educators literally jumping up and down with excitement about sacrificing part of their weekend. But Edcamp inspires that kind of reaction.
Posted Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 7:07:00 PM
A shift in Durham Academy Upper School's approach to class trips is opening up a world of possibilities: student dancers perfecting pliés with the best in the business in New York City; a pig-to-plate exploration of North Carolina's barbecue industry; a more intimate, intense Civil Rights Tour, with abundant opportunities for reflection among a small group of participants.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 5:00:00 PM
Culminating 13 months of research with the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP), Upper School science teacher Howard Lineberger helped present the results of his team's work at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January in Washington, D.C. NITARP partners small groups of largely high school educators with mentor professional astronomers for original research projects.
Posted Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 6:12:00 PM
In new History of Durham elective, Upper Schoolers dig into archives and talk with witnesses to our city's past.
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:48:00 PM
Before taking her seat on the stage of Durham Academy's Kenan Auditorium, Antonia Lazaro paused to proudly display what she'd sought for nearly two decades — the certificate that once and for all declared her a citizen of the United States of America. For Lazaro and the 19 other new American citizens who took their Oath of Allegiance on Wednesday, that piece of paper represents so much: safety and stability, opportunities for education and employment, freedom of speech and religion.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM
The girls, all fifth-graders, live in all corners of Durham. They attend different schools, have different interests, face different challenges. But, most every day, you'll find the girls messaging one another to check in on how school is going, to send birthday wishes, to just say goodnight. They come cheer one another on at musical performances. They send each other letters when times get tough.
Posted Friday, Oct 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Preschoolers and Lower Schoolers set up bake sales on Middle and Upper School campuses.
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