Durham Academy's mission is to "provide each student with an education that will enable him or her to live a moral, happy and productive life."
Character & Community
Durham Academy's success in fulfilling our mission — to equip students for "moral, happy and productive lives" — becomes quite clear in the Upper School, where we see students independently initiating projects with kindness, engagement and generosity at their core. See a few examples of such efforts in the stories below.
In addition to reinforcing our students' moral obligation to their broader community in the Upper School, we also work to foster connections within our school community. As a ninth-grader, each student is matched with an advisory group comprising an Upper School teacher and about 10 classmates. Students remain with their advisory groups throughout their four years in the Upper School, creating an environment in which advisors get to truly know their students and mentor them them during their academic, social and emotional journeys.
The national high school lacrosse spotlight will turn to the Triangle area of North Carolina once again in March as 38 of North America’s top boys and girls high school lacrosse teams compete in the 11th annual Brine King of Spring Face-Off Classic, scheduled for March 7–10, 2019, in the Triangle area.
When the mercury drops each winter, Benny Klein has always had a warm coat to keep out the chill. But the Durham Academy junior knows that not everyone is so lucky.
For the fourth year, Durham Academy will play host to an Ultimate Frisbee tournament on Saturday and Sunday with a very important goal — raising funds to supply another class of students at Durham Nativity School with laptops.
Durham Academy Upper School hosted the Durham County Special Olympics Spring Games for the 33rd year on Friday, welcoming an estimated 500 athletes with open arms, high fives and cheers of encouragement.
For five years beginning in 1951, radio listeners were enraptured by the CBS program This I Believe, in which essayists — both well-known personalities and everyday people — were asked to pen "a statement of your personal beliefs, of the values which rule your thought and action."
Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius came not from being superhuman, writes biographer Walter Isaacson, but from being “wildly imaginative, quirkily curious and willfully observant. It was a product of his own will and effort.”
Every year, Durham Academy Upper School students raise money to provide a week-long summer camp for elementary-aged children from the Durham community. The week is full of outdoor activities, sports, arts and crafts — and, most importantly, love and attention from the SOCK Camp counselors!