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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 1,229 students
  • Acceptance rate: 39%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 13 / Dec. 13

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
1933
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,229 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
Durham Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
164 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
25 courses
List of Courses Offered
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
1415
Average ACT score
32
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 13 / Dec. 13
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 Associate
Lori Reade

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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 Club

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 1,229 students
  • Acceptance rate: 39%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 13 / Dec. 13

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The average private school tuition in Durham, NC is $10,114 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Durham, NC is 67% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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