Durham Academy

  • Durham Academy is an independent, coeducational day school with 1,200 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1933
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students1229 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
36%
State avg.: 16%
Students by GradeDurham Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers164 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses25 courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 score1415
Average ACT score32
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 3 / Jan. 7
Tuition Notes$14,965-$25,925
% on Financial Aid
12%
Average Financial Aid Grant$14,407
Acceptance Rate
39%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director S. Victoria Muradi
Admissions AssociateLori Reade

Sports

Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, 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.38 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, 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, Make a Difference (MAD) Club, Miracle Club, Model United Nations, MS 150 Club, 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 Clu
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Raleigh
    Grades: PK-12 | 1189 students
    20.4 miles
    7409 Falls Of Neuse Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27615
    (919)847-0900
    20.4 PK-12
    1189
  • Cary
    Grades: 6-12 | 753 students
    15.7 miles
    1500 N Harrison Avenue
    Cary, NC 27513
    (919)677-3873
    15.7 6-12
    753
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 523 students
    1.2 miles
    4011 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)402-8262
    1.2 PK-12
    523
  • Durham
    Grades: K-12 | 121 students
    3.3 miles
    809 Proctor St
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919)688-3040
    3.3 K-12
    121
  • Chapel Hill
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    Grades: NS-12 | 279 students
    6 miles
    6211 New Jericho Rd
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (919)967-1858
    6 NS-12
    279

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