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Our Advantage & Overview

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. 

IT WORKS!
  • Duke School Class of 2017 had an overall GPA of 4.2 in their first year of high school! 
  • Over the past 10 years, 18 Duke School students have graduated as valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class.
  • Over 70% of Duke School alumni matriculate to highly selective colleges.

OUR PROGRAM

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?

"A project is an in-depth investigation,  worthy of student time, attention, and energy." 
~ Drs.
 Lilian Katz & Sylvia Chard

Overview

HISTORY
Founded in 1947

ENROLLMENT
491

DIVERSITY
33% students of color
17% faculty/staff of color (full time)

Ranked top 25% most diverse of our peer institutions!

DUKE SCHOOL AFFORDABILITY
30% of students access our Indexed Tuition program!

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

CLASSES
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.

DUKE SCHOOL FACULTY & STAFF
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. 

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