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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, Aug 31, 2017 2:13:00 PM
Over time, school mission statements can calcify; words that still reflect important school principles and values can feel a bit disconnected from the lived experience of those in the community. This year, we deconstructed our mission statement, re-identified its component parts and created new art with it — and in the process, defined what a "moral, happy, productive" life looks like, during a student's time at DA ... and beyond.
Posted Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 5:02:00 PM
Durham Academy second-grade teacher Abby Butler's students adore their 11th-grade buddies so much that they're already anticipating the sweet nostalgia of looking back on their times together years from now.
Posted Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 1:09:00 PM
The last time Durham Academy dreamed this big was more than 20 years ago. Then, as now, we were responding to high demand that was causing admissions constraints: the school was at capacity, we weren't able to serve as many deserving families as we wanted to, we were starting to lose the ability to keep families together, and we were being forced to balance those priorities with a long-standing commitment to increasing diversity.
Posted Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 4:20:00 PM
Marshall Friedman '05 was "ready to do something completely different." So after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in business and minor in Chinese, the Durham Academy alumnus packed his bags and hopped a plane to Beijing.
Posted Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 7:13:13 PM
As the Durham Academy community continues to work toward fulfilling the goals set forth in the 2015 Strategic Plan — a more cohesive and collaborative learning experience, a broader experience of diversity and strengthened connections with the broader community, to name a few — there are lots of voices to be heard along the way. And chief among them, Dr. Richard Light suggested to faculty and staff this week, should be students. Light, a professor of education and public policy at Harvard University, spoke at DA's April 18 professional development day, explaining how the Ivy League university has systematically used student feedback over the past two decades to make meaningful, data-supported improvements.
Posted Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 4:17:33 PM
The nine-month stretch from February through October can be dangerously bare-shelved for the Urban Ministries of Durham food pantry. The bounty of cans and boxes collected during holiday food drives has dwindled. Yet the need only grows, as winter weather keeps children out of school — and away from the nourishment of school-provided meals. Sometimes, the wooden shelves of the pantry are completely empty.
Posted Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 4:50:42 PM
"A trusted leader." "Empathetic and a good listener." "A deep thinker." "A strong sense of right and wrong." All are qualities befitting of a school leader — and they've all been used to describe Lanis Wilson, who will take the helm of Durham Academy's Upper School on July 1.
Posted Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 4:46:38 PM
"I have some hot coffee here. If you guys don't get off these stools, I'm going to pour it on you!" bellowed the man, as he loomed over the sitting students. "You're not supposed to be on these stools — these stools are only for white people."
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