THE DUKE SCHOOL ADVANTAGE
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, 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!
Over the past ten years:
- Duke School Class of 2014 had an overall GPA of 4.05 in their first year of high school
- 18 Duke School students have graduated as valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class
- 16 Duke School students graduated from North Carolina School of Science and Math - 6 students from Duke School's Class of 2012 were accepted in the 2015-16 school year
- Over 70% of Duke School students matriculate to highly selective colleges (Barron's Colege Ranking)
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?
Projects are in-depth investigations that challenge students to apply skills, knowledge, and strategies from different content areas as they do authentic research, analyze data, think deeply about problems and draw conclusions. As projects evolve, students build on their unique interests and talents and become experts in a particular area of the project topic. Through project work, students not only learn new concepts and content, they also develop the competencies essential for future learning: the ability to formulate essential questions, conduct research both independently and collaboratively, evaluate and synthesize results, present those results to others, and reflect on the strengths of their work and the ways they can improve.