The DA Experience

No matter the age or stage at which a child joins the Durham Academy community, the DA experience is a foundation built not only on academic excellence, but a worldview infused with empathy, kindness, integrity, responsibility and courage; a life filled with curiosity, engagement, authenticity, joy and balance; and a future forged with creativity, drive, resilience, generosity and wisdom.

That starts at the Preschool and Lower School, where teachers create a warm, 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 values and habits that help them along their journey. Upper Schoolers immerse themselves in their passions, with a flexible, diverse curriculum and dedicated faculty that challenges and supports them as thinkers and young adults.


Pre-K & Kindergarten

Lower School

Grades 1–4

Middle School

Grades 5–8

Upper School

Grades 9–12

"DA’s teachers provide steady learning and encouragement, challenging and nurturing curiosity. They help students become aware of their strengths — coming in early, staying late and providing opportunities for students to do things they never would have done. Reflecting on her time at DA, our daughter said, 'Our teachers believed in us.' "

Frank Morgan, Parent of Alumna