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Our Advantage & Overview

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 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?
As defined by Drs. Lillian Katz and Sylvia Chard, "a project is an in-depth investigation, worthy of student time, attention, and energy."

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 making 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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 3716 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705  
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