Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age students are at a special time in their lives, abundant with natural curiosity and wonder over how the world works. At Durham Academy Preschool, students develop a sense of self and self-confidence, learn to share responsibility and make lifelong friendships. Here, your child will be known and loved by teachers who recognize and nurture each child’s gifts, helping them set goals and experience success.

Preschool Curriculum

For our youngest students, our goal is to ignite a love of learning.

Learning Environments

Check out our light-filled classrooms and dedicated spaces for enrichments.

Signature Programs

Traditions like class plays and International Night create lasting memories.

Meet Our Faculty

Every day is an adventure in the Preschool, and our teachers feel fortunate every day to witness your child's growth and share in their discoveries.

Mai Lowe

“In our first year at Durham Academy, our experience has completely exceeded our every expectation. The unmatched passion every single teacher — across subjects, classrooms, Aftercare and Extended Day — brings to their work, for every single child, is awe-inducing and inspiring.”

Mai Lowe

Evan McCormick, parent

"Our son’s teachers provide a remarkable learning experience. Their warmth, thoughtful approach to early childhood education and joy for teaching create an environment that has him excitedly racing toward his classroom door every morning. We are impressed with how well his teachers understand him as a person, reflecting a deep level of awareness of their students."

Evan McCormick

Lauren Miller

“The truth is that choosing a school for our child involved quite a bit of soul-searching. But that angst resulted in the best possible reward — a happy child! Every single day when I pick him up, our son rates his day as ‘a googol.’ He radiates positive energy, which I know is a direct reflection of the energy he receives at school.”

Lauren Miller

“One thing that stands out for us in the Preschool has been the overall classroom experience. Throughout the day, the children engage with each other in various activities and travel to enrichment classrooms. There really seems to be something for each child’s interest, and they get exposure to a wide variety. They also each have their own responsibilities as part of the daily class structure — a favorite being the line leader!” 

Susan Easterling

After-School Options

Our after-school program offers a range of options to help support parents' schedules and to allow students to explore their interests and gain confidence in their growing independence.

Preschool After-School Options

Pre-K Aftercare

1–2:20 p.m.

Pre-K Extended Day

2:20–5 p.m.

Kindergarten Extended Day 2:20–6 p.m.
Pre-K/Kindergarten After-School Enrichments Varies

What's Going On After School?


We care for the whole child at Durham Academy, with a deliberate focus on students' physical and social-emotional wellness.

Learn About Wellness at the Preschool