Duke School

  • Duke School is an independent preschool through eighth grade project-based school in Durham, NC. Duke School inspires learners to boldly and creatively shape their future.
  • It serves as a leading educational institution both within the Triangle and wider educational community.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1947

Student Body

Total Students490 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Duke School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers85 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size22 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 5 / Jan. 12 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition is staggered based on grade level. The tuition above reflects our preschool tuition. Visit www.DukeSchool.org for more information.
% on Financial Aid
25%
Admissions DirectorLinda Vargas
Admissions AssociateLucy Bradshaw

Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
LacrosseSoccer,
TennisUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
various clubs

Arts and Music Programs:
band, chorus, drama, fine arts

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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 1229 students
    1.6 miles
    3501 Ridge Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)493-5787
    1.6 PK-12
    1229
  • Durham
    Grades: NS-12 | 506 students
    3.4 miles
    4809 Friends School Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)383-6602
    3.4 NS-12
    506
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-8 | 250 students
    2.1 miles
    4911 Neal Rd
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)383-8800
    2.1 PK-8
    250
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 523 students
    2.4 miles
    4011 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)402-8262
    2.4 PK-12
    523
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 84 students
    4 miles
    3120 Fayetteville St
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919)687-2763
    4 PK-12
    84

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The average private school tuition in Durham, NC is $8,776 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Durham, NC is 68% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).