We recognize early adolescence as a unique stage of human development in which unprecedented physical, social, and emotional changes occur simultaneously with intellectual, conceptual, and moral development. It is with understanding of and respect for young adolescents that we design our Middle School around their characteristics and needs, enabling each young person to successfully develop intellectual and personal potential. The Duke School Middle School is a community of learners where teachers are guides and partners with students in a relationship of mutual respect and trust. Parent involvement enhances and strengthens this learning community. Students are challenged to develop superior thinking skills and reach ambitious academic goals, while developing self-confidence and self-reliance. Curiosity and creativity are valued in an atmosphere that celebrates a zest for living and learning. Individual differences are recognized and cherished, while cooperation and a sense of community unite the school. The Middle School nurtures an understanding of and appreciation for the arts, assists students in their moral and ethical development, and establishes the notion that students are citizens of a global community for which they share responsibility.
Duke School's Middle School continues the tradition of the Lower School by offering an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum, and by applying sound educational practices based on research and the experience of its teachers. Students are actively engaged in an experientially rich, hands-on program of study in classrooms that serves as working models of curriculum design and instructional methods. We are committed to sharing our experiences with the broader educational community and participating in the public dialogue regarding effective middle schools.