The Studio School of Durham

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-5
Year Founded2018

Student Body

Total Students16 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 16%
Students by GradeThe Studio School of Durham Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers2 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 15 / May. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,750
Tuition NotesOur PlayHouse Preschool and Kindergarten alum receive priority admissions. We also offer a sibling discount.
% on Financial Aid
10%
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDanielle Sunde

School Notes

  • Featuring rich experiences, Studio School students create real-world deliverables in vibrant outdoor spaces and beautiful indoor classrooms, a cutting-edge Design lab, and inspiring art studio. On a daily basis, students are challenged and given the creative opportunities to master critical thinking, problem solving skills, and a spirit of adventure about their own purpose and educational development.
  • Proud to be a new kind of approach to independent school, The Studio School welcomes students and parents who are tired of worksheets, endless homework, and standardized testing that leaves you unchallenged. Featuring rich experiences, Studio School students create real-world deliverables in beautiful indoor classrooms, a cutting-edge Design lab, and inspiring art studio. On a daily basis, students are challenged and given the creative opportunities to master critical thinking, problem solving skills, and a spirit of adventure about their own purpose and educational development.
  • CORE SKILLS Our approach to learning during core skill (reading, writing, math) acquisition is highly individualized. Recognizing that all students have a jagged learning profile and thus learn different subjects in different ways at different rates we facilitate a customized and multi-disciplinary approach to these academic pursuits. Core skills are also a natural part of our inquiry and project-based work where we encourage and guide our learners to connect ideas, reflect upon the connections, apply a variety of methods, and communicate their findings in a variety of forms.
  • PROJECTS Our project work encourages our students to become active in the learning process where their curiosity is seen as a valuable resource. Through this process students address interesting and relevant challenges, develop driving questions, set goals using a co-created rubric system, research their topic, document their process, present their findings and reflect upon their learning process. Students learning through inquiry and investigation have vast opportunities in the areas of decision-making and critical thinking it allows them to acquire information and concepts in an authentic way. Our projects often take students off site on field trips, such as walking through the community during a study of architecture. Experts and special visitors knowledgable on our topics of study are also frequent visitors to the Studio.
  • SOCRATIC DISCUSSIONS Our day begins and ends with a Socratic Discussion. This form of discussion embodies the power of asking questions, valuing inquiry over information and discussion over debate. While we value independent learning we understand the benefit and social nature of collaborative learning. At the start of the discussion open-ended questions are shared with the group with the goal of staying focused and students exploring the perspectives and approach to the questions and not just their answers.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Durham
    Grades: K-12 | 134 students
    5.2 miles
    809 Proctor St
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919)688-3040
    5.2 K-12
    134
  • Apex
    Grades: K-12 | 35 students
    11.9 miles
    1434 Farrington Road
    Apex, NC 27523
    (919)387-9440
    11.9 K-12
    35
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    Waldorf School
    Grades: NS-12 | 279 students
    8.4 miles
    6211 New Jericho Rd
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (919)967-1858
    8.4 NS-12
    279

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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).