Teachers choose Duke School for its progressive mission and collegial environment. As a leader in child-centered, project-based learning, Duke School offers a number of professional advantages.
RESEARCH-BASED TEACHING THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Our teachers remain actively engaged in education and related fields. As proponents of lifelong learning, they serve as role models for students by continually building their interests and expanding their skills. Each year, teachers participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, including study groups, in-service training sessions, university classes and education workshops; they also attend and present at state and national conferences. These experiences guide their classroom instruction, enable them to grow as professionals and encourage contributions to the greater education world.
A COLLABORATIVE ATMOSPHERE
Our students collaborate from the start, and the same holds true for faculty. Teachers work—and often teach—in teams, leaving ample opportunity to make connections across disciplines and to share ideas and resources. Mentoring programs, study groups and regular meetings with administrators provide additional support for faculty and make teachers an integral part of the school community.
A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH STUDENTS
With small class sizes, Duke School teachers know their students well. They quickly grow acquainted with individual learning styles and interests, and they serve as facilitators in the classroom as students make discoveries and work through challenges. Teacher advisory programs in upper grades lend another level of interaction, allowing teachers to further help students grow into confident, caring citizens.
A COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
The Duke School community is diverse in racial and ethnic identities, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status. Our students and teachers come from all parts of the world, the country, and North Carolina. We recognize the importance of and have worked to increase diversity in all levels of decision-making throughout our school community. We strive to create an equitable and inclusive community respectful of individual differences. We highly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals with low SES backgrounds to apply.
AN ATTRACTIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE
Teachers work hard and deserve compensation. Full-time employment at Duke School includes a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and family-friendly policies.
AN IDEAL LOCATION
Nestled in the woods of Duke Forest
, Duke School looks—and feels—like a natural retreat. Its expanses of wild land transform the school’s backyard into an outdoor classroom. Teachers and students head out to ponder the leaves of a plant or investigate the growth patterns of trees. Endless learning opportunities abound in this 7,050-acre protected environment.
Part of the Triangle area, Duke School belongs to a region that consistently ranks among the nation’s top places to live, work, raise a family and earn a top-notch education. Our Research Triangle Park (RTP) and four major universities —Duke University, North Carolina Central University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University— have helped create a community that values diversity and is global in outlook. Close proximity of endless beaches, mountain ranges and metropolitan hot-spots make the central location ideal.