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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Duke School is operating concurrently—On-Campus and Bridged Distance Learning models. This year, Admissions will be hosting all of the school's info sessions virtually! We encourage inquiries, applications, and welcome Zoom meetings, emails, and phone calls, as we begin to enroll students for the 2021-22 school year. Visit www.dukeschool.org/infosessions to reserve your virtual seat & learn more! Learn More

  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$55
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$21,810
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From Duke School

Duke School is an independent preschool through eighth grade project-based school in Durham, North Carolina. We inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape their future. Duke School serves as a leading educational institution both within the Triangle and wider educational community. Tour with us to see what makes Duke School such a special place for our families!

Duke School's Project-Based Curriculum

Duke School offers learning through project work, small class sizes, and a rigorous academic approach. Our integrated curriculum is taught in a hands-on learning environment where children collaborate in an atmosphere of acceptance, respect, and appreciation. As defined by Drs. Lillian Katz and Sylvia Chard, "a project is an in-depth investigation, worthy of student time, attention, and energy."

School Details

Grades
PK, K-8
Students
491
Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
17:1
Full-Time Teachers
67
Part-Time Teachers
3

Students

Students
491
Gender
  • Female
    54%
  • Male
    46%
Student Diversity
  • White
    67.2%
  • Unknown
    16.3%
  • African American
    6.1%
  • Asian
    5.5%
  • Hispanic
    4.7%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.2%
  • Multiracial
    0%
  • Native American
    0%

Preschool

Annual Cost
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Starting Age
3
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
    Yes
  • Offers Part Week
  • Offers Full Day
    Yes
  • Offers Part Day
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      B
    2. Good for Families
      B+
    3. Housing
      B-
    Median Household Income
    $55,851
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,005
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $207,900
    National
    $184,700

    Duke School Reviews

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    I can confidently say that Duke School has instilled in me the qualities and skills I need to be successful in all aspects of my life. Not only does it provide a solid academic base, but it teaches students to be curious learners, and better members of their communities. I am truly blessed with my Duke School experiences. The faculty and staff couldn’t be more dedicated. They care so genuinely for the students, families, and alumni. Even though it has been many years since I have attended Duke School, I am still in touch with my peers, several administrators, and many past teachers. This is truly a wonderful place to learn and grow!
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    I really loved the learning environment. I was there from when I was 4 all the way through 8th grade. They really let students enjoy learning with lots of hands on and interactive learning experiences. The only major downfall is that while the diversity at duke school in the sense of religion, race, and gender is very good to the point where it is a non-issue because everyone is equal in that sense, there is virtually no diversity of opinion. In other words, the teachers and administrators will constantly push their own political views on all of the children no matter the age. It's hard to not feel like an outsider if you don't agree with everything they say constantly and you have to maintain a very critical and open mind and think for yourself. If you send your child here, be aware of this because it's not easy to deal with as a child and pre-teen if they think for themselves.
    My son attended Duke School from K-8. Kindergarten was the best, of course, but 1-5 was the elementary school I so wish I could have attended as a child. The project-based curriculum, and also the "special"s teachers, helped our child to flourish in ways I didn't think were possible. In middle school we began worrying about the lack of a GPA, but the children do not mind and apparently neither do some highly competitive high schools.

    Beware, openings can be scarce. Our son was wait-listed for Kindergarten (!). Fortunately they relented before we had to accept elsewhere. We should have applied earlier, for pre-K.