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

The PSO invites the Duke School community to a fun filled Fall Festival.  There will be pumpkin painting, bouncy houses and other inflatables, a dunk tank, food trucks and more.  This is an outside event and may have changes due to weather or other protocols.
Lower school courtyard
Join other Duke School Alumni in the lower school courtyard.
all day
No classes held. We will offer a Big Fun Camp on this day. A link to register will be provided in Spark eNews.
Middle School Gym
Intermediate Band, Intermediate Orchestra