Durham Academy

3501 Ridge Road
Durham, NC 27705-0277
Tel: (919)493-5787
Grades: PK - 12 | 1160 students
Durham Academy is an independent, coeducational day school with 1,180 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
The school was founded in 1933 as the Calvert Method School.
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.
The development of intellect is central to such a life and, thus, intellectual endeavor and growth are the primary work of the school.The acquisition of knowledge; the development of skills, critical judgment and intellectual curiosity; and increased understanding are the goals of the school's academic program. Durham Academy believes that enhancing the spirit of community among faculty, students and parents is essential to the achievement of its goals.
The faculty approaches each student as an individual, and the school encourages close personal relationships fostered in an atmosphere of trust, respect for individual differences and appreciation for the racial, cultural and religious diversity in our society.
In addition, Durham Academy offers extensive opportunities in athletics, fine arts and community service.
Durham Academy is committed to helping each student achieve personal growth in an atmosphere that is both supportive and challenging.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1933

Student Body

Total Students 1160 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 30%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Durham Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 164 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 64%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 25 courses
Advanced Courses AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Computer Science, AP English: Gothic Literature, AP English: Intro to Poetry, AP English: Magical Realism, AP English: Money and Class in American Literature, AP English: Post Modernism, AP English: Shakespeare, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language and Culture, AP Latin, AP Modern European History, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish -- Language, AP Spanish -- Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP United States History,
Average SAT score 1971
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 6 / Jan. 17
Tuition Notes $12,940-$21,610
% on Financial Aid 11%
Average Financial Aid Grant $12,740
Acceptance Rate 41%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director S. Victoria Muradi
Admissions Associate Lori Reade

Sports

Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
GolfLacrosse,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 39 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amigos de Hope Valley School, Amnesty International, Art Club, Badminton Club, Cavalier Newspaper, Change for Chordoma, Chess Club, Croquet Club, Cycledelics, Dance Team, Debate, Debate, Durham Student Connections Tutoring Club, Exurbia, Francophone Film Club, Friday Night Film Club, Go Green Club, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands Tutoring, Indian Dance Club, International Club, Lunchtime Music Groups, MS 150 Club, Make a Difference (MAD) Club, Miracle Club, Model United Nations, Nicarauga Club, Outdoor Club, Ping Pong Club, Pride, Red Cross Club, Ronald McDonald House Club, Salsa Club, Science Olympiad, Soup Kitchen Club, Student Ambassadors, Wiser Club, Writing Club, Young Life Club Art Club, Badminton Club, Chess Club, Croquet Club, Cycledelics, Dance Team, Debate, Debate, Exurbia, Go Green Club, MS 150 Club, Miracle Club, Nicarauga Club, Outdoor Club, Ping Pong Club, Pride, Red Cross Club, Salsa Club, Wiser Club, Writing Club, Amigos de Hope Valley School,
Amnesty International,
Cavalier Newspaper,
Change for Chordoma,
Durham Student Connections Tutoring Club,
Francophone Film Club,
Friday Night Film Club,
Habitat for Humanity,
Helping Hands Tutoring,
Indian Dance Club,
International Club,
Lunchtime Music Groups,
Make a Difference (MAD) Club,
Model United Nations,
Ronald McDonald House Club,
Science Olympiad,
Soup Kitchen Club,
Student Ambassadors,
Young Life Club,

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Hill Center (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Hill Center (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Cresset Christian Academy (0.5 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Durham
    The Hill Center
    Special Education School
    Grades: K-12 | 155 students
    0.2 miles
    3200 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)489-7464
    0.2K-12
    155
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 282 students
    0.5 miles
    3707 Garrett Rd
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919)489-2655
    0.5PK-12
    282
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-5 | 146 students
    0.9 miles
    1935 W Cornwallis Rd
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)286-5517
    0.9PK-5
    146
  • Durham
    Grades: NS-6 | 132 students
    1 miles
    2800 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)489-9045
    1NS-6
    132
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 528 students
    1.2 miles
    4011 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)402-8262
    1.2PK-12
    528

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