Duke School

3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705-0277
Tel: (919)416-9420
Grades: NS-8 | 502 students
WHAT WE DO  Inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape their future.
IDEAS WE LIVE BY  Learner-Centered Learners are the center of a dynamic and collaborative learning, inquiry, and discovery process.
Active Inquiry Intellectual curiosity through project-based learning propels learners to explore multiple paths to creative solutions.
Bold Thinkers A deep love of learning and respect for our community forms bold, critical thinkers for life.
WHY WE DO IT To prepare the next generation of problem solvers for our complex world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded 1941

Student Body

Total Students 502 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Duke School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 85 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 22 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 5 / Jan. 19 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $14,250
Tuition Notes Tuition is staggered based on grade level. The tuition above reflects our preschool tuition. Visit: http://www.dukeschool.org/apply/ds_affordability for more details.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Nicole Thompson
Admissions Associate Lucy Bradshaw


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. band, chorus, drama, fine arts, various clubs band, chorus, drama, fine arts, various clubs,

School Notes:

  • Duke School today is nationally renowned. It serves as a leading educational institution both within the Triangle and wider educational community; its teaching methods continue as a model for both public and other independent schools, and its unique child-centered, project-based integrated curriculum continues to adapt to serve a variety of learning styles. The school has made a particular contribution to the Durham community by producing outstanding students who are independent learners, thinkers, and decision makers helping to create a better future both for Durham and communities beyond Durham. The school has also helped raise consciousness about education in the Durham community and provided the expertise of its extraordinary teachers for other local schools. With its outstanding faculty and staff, Duke School continues to move forward in the new millennium.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Durham Academy (1.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Lerner Jewish Community Day School (1.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Lerner Jewish Community Day School (1.4 miles away)
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  • Durham
    Grades: PK-5 | 146 students
    1.4 miles
    1935 W Cornwallis Rd
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 1160 students
    1.6 miles
    3501 Ridge Road
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Durham
    The Hill Center
    Special Education School
    Grades: K-12 | 155 students
    1.8 miles
    3200 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Durham
    Grades: NS-6 | 132 students
    1.9 miles
    2800 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 282 students
    2.1 miles
    3707 Garrett Rd
    Durham, NC 27707

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