Welcome to Duke School

We believe that choosing the appropriate school for your child means finding a learning community with whom to partner in the continual education of your child.

At Duke School, we inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape their future. For over 75 years, our pioneering curriculum in student-led, collaborative exploration has empowered students with the intellectual tools, confidence, and sense of agency to shape an uncertain future for good. We offer learning through project work, small class sizes, and a rigorous academic approach. Our exceptional teachers remain at the cutting-edge of proven practices of learning.

The Admissions Office at Duke School is committed to helping families find the right school by taking a personal interest in getting to know each applicant and his or her family. We also want to learn about your educational goals and to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the school, our curriculum, and overall culture. 

We believe in a research-based philosophy in which children are provided with instruction that balances academic, social, emotional, and physical development.

We invite you to view the application process for details on how to apply to Duke School. Keep in mind, however, that the best way to understand our unique learning environment is to virtually tour campus and talk with current faculty, staff, students, and parents.

We look forward to meeting and assisting you in the process of finding the right school for your child and family. Please "Inquire Now" so that we may be of assistance in a more timely manner. Ready to apply? Click here.

If you have questions, feel free to call us at 919-416-9420 or email admit@dukeschool.org

Duke School's courageous commitment to educating our children in accordance with carefully considered and articulated principles about how children learn, and equally well-considered aspirations for who they will become, makes our small school a project whose value goes way beyond what it does for any individual child. In this time when so many schools are shaped and constrained by directives that have little to do with what is best for children, Duke School serves as living proof that something better is possible.

Donna King mother of Cara '06, Anna '08, Josh '11


Linda Margarita Vargas

Director of Enrollment Management (K-8th grade)


Cherie Bowen 

Early Childhood Division and Preschool (PS) Admissions Director 


Two students from Duke School, near apex nc elementary school, working inside of their classroom

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Learning Community