Preschool & Lower School After School Program

Lower School Dragon Quests

Dragon Quest classes are after school enrichment opportunities that provide kindergarten through fourth grade students with ways to explore areas of interest while giving parents a safe, convenient option for afternoon activities on Duke School's campus. Quests generally meet once a week for one hour right after dismissal. Sessions are led by qualified, experienced instructors. A variety of Dragon Quests are offered in the fall, winter, and spring. 

*Dragon Quests generally meet once a week for one hour right after dismissal. Sessions are led by qualified experienced instructors. After School Program (ASP) students who attend ASP 4 or more days receive a discount. Quests registration fees are non-refundable. Additionally, there are no make-up classes for Dragon Quests—this includes cancellations due to inclement weather, vendor or school conflicts. 

Dragon Quests Descriptions

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  • Mixed-Media Art Adventures

    During this class, we will explore mixed-media art projects. Combining materials and working in stages makes mixed-media work more layered, creative, and interesting. We will likely do projects combining pastels and painting, clay and fabric, painting and collage, wire and clay, images and text, scrap art and natural materials, ink and watercolor, and more. Projects may also be inspired by the students' ideas and interests. 
  • Sports Variety

    Brookridge Sports are proud to present the Sports Variety DragonQuest program exclusive to Duke School for a fourth year. The Sports Variety program offers your child a great taste of some of the most popular sports for children to play in small taster samples. Our Sports Variety program includes such sports as Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Teeball, Basketball, Yard Sports and Dodgeball. Not matter the age or experience of your child, our experienced coaches will ensure that they enjoy the sports as we change from week to week and hopefully introduce your child to a new favorite past time.
  • Tennis

    Over the past year TGA Premier Youth Tennis Chapter Director Stefan Gabler has worked with Duke School to develop a fun and enriching tennis program as part of our Dragon Quest program. TGA’s age-appropriate multi-level tennis curriculum focuses on instilling a passion for tennis within each child while promoting advancement, achievement, and the attainment of life skills that can be utilized both on and off the tennis court.

    TGA Premier Youth Tennis of Durham
  • Lower School Chorus

    Singers welcome! Experience a wide variety of musical styles including folk songs, show tunes, pop, a capella, choral anthems, American songs, and classical favorites. Our chorus meets twice a week to build community, experience singing in a group, and strengthen confidence in our vocal ability. We develop our song repertoire by incorporating the interests of our singers and build harmony skills by singing in parts. We include lots of movement, dance, and video, and provide solo opportunities. We join with the Middle School Chorus to share what we have learned at the Winter and Spring Concert.
    Instructor: Megan Whitted, music specialist of Duke School's Lower School, and Middle School chorus director. Megan has been at Duke School for more than five years and has directed school, community, and church choirs for children and adults in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. She has an M.A.T. in music education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in music from Davidson College.
  • CodeREV - Coding

    Students will build amazing games, art, and animation using the power of Code! Perfect for both beginner and intermediate coders, Coding Adventures has something for every aspiring coder as students create fun experiences using both drag and drop code and real Javascript and Python code for our more advanced grade levels.

    Instructor: CodeREV
  • Clay Makers and Mixed Media

    During this class we will alternate between clay projects and other mixed-media art lessons. Combining materials and working in stages makes mixed-media work more layered, creative, and interesting. We will likely do projects combining pastels and painting, clay and fabric, painting and collage, wire and clay, images and text, scrap art and natural materials, ink and watercolor, and more. Projects may also be inspired by the students' ideas and interests. 

    Instructor: Molly Cronenwett is an artist, photographer, teacher and mother who lives in Hillsborough. After attending the University of Michigan as an undergrad, she moved to NC in 1997 to earn a MA in art history from UNC-Chapel Hill and a second BA in art education from NCCU. Since migrating south, Molly has taught studio art and art history to all ages—from preschoolers to adults—at a charter school, her own community art school, through private lessons and camps at her home, and at local summer camps (including Duke School). She specializes in ceramics and teaches wheel-throwing at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Molly is also the Duke School yearbook designer/advisor. 
  • Soccer/Futsal

    Welcome to Futsal! Futsal is a fast paced indoor version of soccer that develops close ball skills, forward thinking as well as important team building skills in order to out smart your opponent. Brookridge Sports is excited to bring Futsal back to Duke School for the fifth year and deliver this exciting program. No matter your child’s skill set regards soccer, or whether they have ever played Futsal before, our program will quickly immerse them in the exciting game of Futsal and have them performing skills and moves they never thought they could do. All equipment is provided by our fully trained staff and all your child needs to do is come and enjoy the fun that is Futsal.
  • Chess Class

    Students will learn chess fundamentals and strategies that enhance learning skills and cognitive thinking. We will build confidence and compete against other local schools. Novice students and experienced players encouraged to sign up as we will have two class sections. 

    Provided by Metro Chess
  • Kids Yoga

    Kids Yoga: 
    Kids Mindful Movement's Yoga class is a form of yoga created to keep children engaged and mindful. Classes are intended to be fun, with age-appropriate games, poses, and storytelling to incorporate breath work and mindfulness in a way that they can understand and enjoy.  
    Art & Mindfulness:
    Kids Mindful Movement's Art & Mindfulness class incorporates music, art, and mindfulness techniques to allow tweens to focus and have fun while creating unique art projects each week. This non-competitive class is an opportunity for them to let go and be themselves without any fear of judgement. 
    Creative Movement:
    Kids Mindful Movement's dance & creative movement class is a great way for tweens to explore imagination and self expression, while increasing their mind/body connection. They learn by using dance, play, and grounding techniques in a safe, non-competitive, positive environment. 
    Instructor Bios:

    Ally Budnick is a warm, creative, and enthusiastic teacher, with joyful energy. She has had a variety of experiences in the field of education, psychology, and child development. Ally began her yoga practice in 2010, and now enjoys sharing yoga with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. She is a certified Childlight Children’s Yoga teacher, and is currently studying for her RYT200 Certification at Global Breath Studio in Durham.
    Ally loves how yoga and mindfulness can teach children tools to use in every area of their lives. Ally has a passion for holistic education, and her yoga teaching philosophy emphasizes teaching the whole child. She embraces imaginative learning and weaves developmentally appropriate yoga philosophy and social-emotional education into the fabric of her classes. She prides herself in her ability to promote curiosity and open mindedness in her students.
    CAROLYN BOUCHER, E-RYT (Creative Movement)
    Carolyn Boucher is an artist and experienced Yoga Instructor currently serving the Triangle communities. In addition to graduating from Carrboro Yoga Company, Carolyn holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and has a strong studio background in the voice, body, and holistic health.
    Carolyn was awarded a rare scholarship for Touch Drawing at the Whidbey Institute, and has studied Butoh and Expressive Arts for many years under the mentorship of Maureen “momo” Freehill of direct Kazuo Ohno lineage. Her work has led her to many strange, wonderful and interesting places; teaching uniquely different populations across the U.S. and abroad. Most recently Carolyn has served as the Artist in Residence at Forest Hills Elementary school in Danville, VA.
    SAMANTHA BOYCE (Art & Mindfulness)
    Samantha has been teaching art and art history for the past 9 years. After beginning a career as an Art Historian and teaching college students for several years, she discovered her desire to find a way to bridge her love of teaching with her own passion for making art. 
    She began working with Arts for Life at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital as a teaching volunteer, creating art with children on the Hematology and Oncology Unit, as well as the Behavioral Health Unit. 
    Samantha is now a graduate student in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University focusing on the capacity of the arts to foster growth and healing among children. 
    As someone with a longtime personal yoga and meditation practice, Samantha loves incorporating mindfulness in her art-making process and believes that art and expression themselves can be inherently healing. 
  • Martial Arts

    Martial Arts training is hands-down the best vehicle for teaching the skills that our children need in their lives. Confidence, balance, coordination, focus... martial arts practice teaches and reinforces all of these attributes and more all while being fun and motivating for your children. Duke School and Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts have partnered to provide you with a convenient way to give your child a competitive edge.

    Thursdays at 3:20 PM, the Triangle's most experienced instructors will provide a To-Shin Do martial arts class for your child at Duke School. Help your child unleash their potential! Please visit for more information.  

    Classes are taught by Justin Panza. Justin has been teaching at Quest for over seven years, and working with Duke School for over three years. He is a 3rd degree black belt in To-Shin Do and the Youth Director at Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts.
  • Basketball

    Have your child enjoy basketball in a new and exciting light with Brookridge Sports. Fully focused on developing a fun and encouraging environment, Brookridge Sports provides your child with core basketball skills (such as footwork, dribbling, ball handling and of course, shooting) in sessions that both provide routine as well as fun dynamic games that draw out the fun of the sport along with your child’s imagination to develop their basketball play whilst learning how to improve individually and as a team player.
  • TechTerra

    Students will use STEM learning tools including Coding & Robotics, Digital Storytelling, Electronics & Circuitry, Making & Design. 

    Instructor: TechTerra
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