Duke School Affordability

Duke School believes economic diversity enriches the educational opportunity for all families and participation of a wide range of families is critical to the health of the school.

Because the school is determined to make a Duke School education accessible to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds, the school charges a range of tuitions based on family need.

Tuition Ranges for 2021-22
Preschool $4,037-$20,184
Kindergarten-Fourth Grade                                            $4,379-$21,894                                    
Fifth-Eighth Grade $4,778-$23,890

Indexed Tuition

Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees, thereby supporting the community to the extent family circumstances permit. Among our families are those who can afford tuition at the top of the index and whose philanthropic generosity provides a vital component of annual operating expenses.

There are also families who manage to pay tuition at the highest level only by making a substantial sacrifice, those who are able to afford only minimal tuition, and those across the spectrum in between. 

To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to education expenses, Duke School uses figures from TADS, a trusted third party, as the baseline for our Indexed Tuition determinations. We also take into consideration our school's policies and the resources available for returning students as well as applicant families.

Notification of tuition determinations will be released on the same schedule as admission decision letters. Although decisions about admission and indexed tuition are made at the same time, the two processes are separate. All financial information you provide will be held in strict confidence.

To apply for Indexed Tuition, visit TADS secured Web site. Please note that TADS charges a processing fee of $34 that must be included with your application and forms. For more information about tuition terms and conditions, click here

We appreciate your interest in Duke School and Indexed Tuition. Please contact Admissions  (919) 416-9420, if you have any questions.


Duke School was featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES for its financial aid strategy and Indexed Tuition program!

Duke School is currently open 5-days a week with on-campus and distance learning programs for families.


Founded in 1947


36% students of color
17% faculty/staff of color (full-time)

Ranked top 25% most diverse of our peer institutions!

30% of students access our Indexed Tuition program!

Indexed Tuition is available for all families. Duke School is committed to making education accessible to families from all economic backgrounds. As a result, there is a wide range of tuition levels. 

Overall Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Three divisions (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School) for three-year-olds to eighth grade. Every preschool through fourth grade classroom has two full-time teachers. Fifth through eighth grade have advisory and four core-subject and project teachers.

67 (faculty)
100+ (faculty & staff)

All Duke School faculty have a teaching certificate and/or master's degree. Duke School educators are often asked to present at workshops or lead conferences. Duke School's professional development programs and courses guarantee faculty and staff are lifelong learners. 

Over 70% of Duke School alumni matriculate to highly selective colleges (Barron's College Rankings).