Our Early Childhood Program

Two preschool students sitting with faculty member of Duke School, our preschool near apex nc



Our Early Childhood (preschool and kindergarten,) program, which starts at three-year-olds, provides a full-day of developmentally appropriate experiences designed to advance the cognitive, language, emotional, and motor skills of each child.

Preschool classrooms are mixed-ages (three and four year-olds), and kindergarten  are two full-time teachers in each classroom. Our Early Childhood division 
embrace an experiential learning approach, emphasizing active engagement as the foundation for optimal learning. Our curriculum is designed to cultivate a love for school and foster a sense of accomplishment in every young learner. 

At a glance

There are two full-time teachers in each classroom.

Classrooms are mixed-ages (three and four year-olds).

There are four Preschool and three Kindergarten classrooms. 

Preschool student of Duke School, our preschool near morrisville nc, standing inside classroom
Preschool students of Duke School, our preschool near chapel hill nc, sitting together inside classroom

The daily routine includes

  • A balance of teacher-directed, as well as child-initiated activities.

  • Facilitating the growth of independent decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.

  • Providing children with frequent opportunities to express themselves creatively through music, movement, art, and scientific exploration.

  • Teachers providing frequent opportunities for students to develop emerging literacy and numerical concepts.

  • Reserving a block of time for outdoor activity each day.

  • Participation in a physical education, music and art. All are taught by Early Childhood and Lower School Specials Teachers. 


The interests, feelings, and individuality of each child and family are valued and respected. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child's school life. In addition to attending two conferences a year, parents are invited to volunteer in various capacities and are encouraged to attend classroom functions throughout the year (project culminations, school festivals, and so much more!)