Duke School is an independent
preschool (three-year-olds) through eighth grade project-based school. We inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape their future. Duke School serves as a leading educational institution both within the Triangle and wider educational community.
Students leave Duke School with the ability to think independently and critically. They are prepared to take their place in the global community in which collaboration and strong communication skills are essential. Our students not only master skills of traditional academic disciplines, but they also develop a sense of self, community, and culture. Duke School graduates are given the tools to confidently solve many types of problems, focus on important details, work cooperatively and resolve conflicts.
Our curriculum has two important aspects that provide for student learning needs.
- Systematic Instruction: Teachers plan activities to help children acquire skills and strategies
- Integrated Project Work: Students conduct in-depth investigations of important topics and apply skills and strategies to solve real-world problems
Duke School has competency benchmarks at each grade level in all curricular areas. Our benchmarks serve as a guide rather than the driving force of our curriculum. Teachers set goals based on on-going formal and informal assessments of each child. WHAT IS PROJECT WORK?
As defined by Drs. Lillian Katz and Sylvia Chard, "a project is an in-depth investigation, worthy of student time, attention, and energy."