Duke School is an independent preschool through eighth grade project-based school located in Durham, NC since 1947.

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Ages 3 and 4

Our preschool program starts with our three-year-olds, providing a full-day of developmentally appropriate experiences designed to advance the cognitive, language, emotional, and motor skills of each child.

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Lower School

K through Grade 4

In our Lower School program, we maintain a small teacher-student ratio to allow for teachers to respect students' individual differences and set challenging but achievable goals for each student.

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Middle School

Grade 5 to 8

It is with understanding of and respect for young adolescents that we design our Middle School around their characteristics and needs, enabling each student to develop intellectually and personally. 

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Total Enrollment


School Founded


Student/Faculty Ratio


Students of Color


We inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape their future. Our students not only master skills of traditional academic disciplines, but they also develop a sense of self, community, and culture. 

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Upcoming Events

Michelman Commons
Welcome Back to School Coffee for parents and adults dropping off students.  Development Office will provide coffee in the Michelman Commons to celebrate the first full day of school.
4th grade field
The Development Office invites the Duke School Community to join us for an outdoor movie "Mitchells vs the Machines".  Movie will start at sundown (7:45 or so).  Movie will be shown on the 4th grade field between buildings H and K. Bring chairs, blankets and water bottles.  Kona Ice will provide treats from 7:30-8:30pm.   In case of inclement weather, this event may be moved to the Middle School Gym.