B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Durham Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Durham, NC. It has 34,023 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 35% in reading.
Address
511 Cleveland Street
Durham, NC 27701
Telephone
(919) 560-3749
Website

Durham Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
35%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1080
936 responses
Average ACT
23
535 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
34,023
Free or Reduced Lunch
63.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$38,293
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$370,307,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,345/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    4%

Durham Public Schools Reviews

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My overall experience in the Durham education was great! I was a transfer student from a different state and I worried about how I would fit into the Durham public school system. But, all the staff really made me feel comfortable and prepared. One thing I would like to see change is Durham public schools is that they make sure transfer students records are transferred correctly. When I entered my senior year their was several complication with my credits being transferred, I was wrongly classified a junior and I was in so much distress. I think that it is important that Durham public schools transfer and constantly update their transfer students so they do not suffer like I did.
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I have been with Durham Public Schools through all of my school years, K-12. They interact well with parents and students, and try their best to leave no question unanswered. Durham has always been a diverse community, and it shows well in their school populations, where most schools do not have a racial majority. My mom has always done her best to be active in my academic career, volunteering where she can and helping other students. DPS has always been open to her help, as well as other parents. All in all, this public school system cares about their students and provides a safe work environment for everyone.
My experience with Durham Public schools for the most part have been pretty good. I enjoyed the relationships I've built with teachers and I appreciate the passion that are instilled some teachers not all but, the ones with true commitment to their career I completely respect and thank. What I didn't really enjoy was the lack of support by the school and student body for athletics. With participating in multiple sports and Student Male athlete of the year of 2015. I disliked the lack of participation by the staff and with school not finding ways to get people involved with more boosters and clubs to support the athletics.