Extracurriculars for Students

We believe in providing opportunities for students to develop skills and interests in and outside of the classroom. With a variety of student activities, our Dragons are able to discover and explore areas they enjoy the most.

After school, Lower School students are able to explore a variety of Dragon Quests extracurriculars as an alternative to our After School Program. While some extracurricular activities and clubs that are held during the school day for middle schoolers, they also have an extended day opportunity offered after school in Prime Time. Middle schoolers may also join Duke School bands, choruses, performing arts (drama) production and/or our Athletics Program

Extracurricular Programs

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  • Girls on the Run Team: 3rd-5th grade

    The Girls on the Run program is a life-changing character development program for girls in third through fifth grade. It combines lessons intended to enhance self-esteem, promote positive and useful problem-solving strategies, and foster healthy relationships with developmentally appropriate training for a 5k event.
  • Middle School Athletic Program: 6-8th grade

    Students are able to become Duke School athletes in Middle School (6-8th grade). The interscholastic Athletic Program at Duke School is very strong and has grown into an integral part of the Duke School experience for many students. All students are required to have a physical form completed by a physician and returned to the Athletic Director prior to participation in practice or games. Fees for sports participation are included in the middle school activity fee.
  • Middle School Band, Chorus, Performing Arts: 5-8th grade

    At Duke School, we offer a number of performance opportunities for Middle School students including chorus, band and performing arts (drama). Students in band and chorus will perform in our Winter and Spring Concert. There is a fall production and a spring musical production for cast and crew members of our performing arts program. Meeting times vary depending on the activity chosen.
  • Makers Club: 5-8th grade

    Duke School Makers is a community of makers who share our knowledge, tools, ideas, and creativity. During Prime Time, students are engaged in self-directed projects. We have students who craft, felt, take apart machines, build catapults, code, create stop motion animations, create documentaries, and generally explore anything that sparks their interest. We believe that creative proximity, accomplishments, and failures lead to new ideas and discoveries.
  • Battle of the Books Team: 6-8th grade

    The Battle of the Books team meets during lunch. If you're interested, students may contact Middle School media specialist's Elaine Cameron or Lisa Simmons.
  • Brown Bag Video : 5-8th grade

    The Brown Bag Video is a drop-in club in which students bring their lunch and watch and discuss interesting videos together.
  • Model United Nations (Model UN): 7 & 8th Grade

    Model United Nations, also known as Model UN, is an educational simulation and/or academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.
  • Non-DS Students: Collaborative Arts Program: 5-8th graders

    Duke School's Collaborative Arts Program is a community partnership that provides opportunities for students who are homeschooled or enrolled in schools without band programs. Students in this program are invited to join Duke School students for rehearsals and will participate in various performances and concerts.
  • Private Music Lessons (Open to the public)

    Private Music Lessons are encouraged for all students. Our teachers are experienced with teaching various levels including beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Available lessons include piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, bass, recorder and flute, and are arranged by contacting the instructor directly.
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