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


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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

Bldg. F - Dayna & Abby's Classroom
Please note that they will be doing visitor shifts for this culmination.
Join the PSO and the Duke School community for a picnic to celebrate the end of school.  The BBQ main dish will be catered and we are asking for pot luck sides and desserts.  Please be considerate of common allergies and kind to our vegetarian and gluten free community members! Please bring folding chairs or a blanket and join us on the Lower School Quad.