Who We Are

Our Mission & Core Values


Inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape their future.

Learners are the center of a dynamic and collaborative
learning, inquiry and discovery process.
Active Inquiry
Intellectual curiosity through project-based learning
propels learners to explore multiple paths
to creative solutions.
Bold Thinkers
A deep love of learning and respect for our community 
forms bold, critical thinkers for life.


To prepare the next generation of problem solvers
for our complex world.

About Duke School...

  • In 2014, The New York Times featured Duke School for being one of the few private schools on the East Coast to have a successful financial assistance strategy and offer an Indexed Tuition program.
  • We are committed to engaging in the continuing public dialogue to improve education for all young people.
  • Today, Duke School is nationally renowned.
  • Duke School serves as a leading educational institution both within the Triangle and wider educational community. Its teaching methods continue as a model for both public and other independent schools, and its unique child-centered, project-based integrated curriculum continues to adapt to serve a variety of learning styles.
  • Duke School has made a particular contribution to the Durham community by producing outstanding students who are independent learners, thinkers, and decision makers helping to create a better future both for Durham and communities beyond Durham.
  • Duke School has also helped raise consciousness about education in the Durham community and provided the expertise of its extraordinary teachers for other local schools.
  • With its outstanding faculty and staff, Duke School continues to move forward in the new millennium.

Accreditation & Memberships

  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS)
  • North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (NCMLE)
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Durham Chamber of Commerce