Who We Are
- Duke School was established in 1947 as a lab school for the benefit of students in the departments of psychology and education at Duke University.
- It became independent of Duke in 1984 when a group of parents made it a nonprofit organization with the support and assistance of Terry Sanford, then president of Duke and the previous governor of North Carolina.
- Duke School teaches preschool through 8th grade.
- We are committed to engaging in the continuing public dialogue to improve education for all young people.
- Duke School was one of only a handful of schools around the country to be featured in the 1999 HBO production Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales. Duke School was also featured in the PBS series "Raising Young Children" and was chosen by the state of North Carolina as a model preschool.
- 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.