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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$85
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$26,935
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
11%
Average Financial Aid
$15,384
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No matter the age or stage at which a child joins the Durham Academy community, the DA experience is a foundation built not only on academic excellence, but a worldview infused with empathy, kindness, integrity, responsibility and courage; a life filled with curiosity, engagement, authenticity, joy and balance; and a future forged with creativity, drive, resilience, generosity and wisdom.

That starts at the Preschool and Lower School, where teachers create a warm, welcoming environment that launches a love of learning and a lifetime of intellectual curiosity. In Middle School, students start their path to maturity, discovering their talents and inspirations and developing the values and habits that help them along their journey. Upper Schoolers immerse themselves in their passions, with a flexible, diverse curriculum and dedicated faculty that challenges and supports them as thinkers and young adults.

Durham Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1390
122 responses
Average ACT
31
57 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Prom is always awesome
    22%
  • Cav domes
    14%
  • In the Pocket concerts, Zumbathon, fall play
    14%
  • Fall Formal Dance. It's held at a museum.
    11%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Senior Challenge
    11%
  • Winter Musical
    8%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,227
    83%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

    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
    4
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    87%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
    Poll
    87%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
    Poll
    93%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    --
    We don't have enough responses to know if students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.Take our survey
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    We don't have enough responses to know if students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.Take our survey
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    We don't have enough responses to know if students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.Take our survey

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    Living in the Area
    A
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    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

    Durham Academy Reviews

    88 reviews
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    DA provides an elite education, especially for its most invested students. The majority of the teachers are university quality and students are equipped with the intellectual skills to thrive at any university. The teachers make this possible. DA undoubtably has the best English and and History department in NC, and possibly the entire Southeast, and while the STEM departments pale in comparison DA's math and science curriculum is also likely the best in the region. Ultimately, DA's benefits are proportional to the effort given in its classes, however it fails to accommodate all types of students and learning styles.
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    I had a boy and girl graduate. DA will get you child ready for college level course work. Lots of homework!!!
    The headmaster is very receptive. Admissions is diversity first, qualifications second. The Lower School lacked leadership and is a fiefdom among teachers. The Middle School was FANTASTIC. The Upper School/ high school was good but lost its culture (Most of the social and athletic students flee DA after 8th grade or freshman year thus leaving a void).
    Be prepared to know that DA is beyond liberal and discourages conservative thoughts (Example: Teachers at the Lower School colluded and decided to wear black to mourn the 2016 election results.) College placement for the "average student" isn't much better than the local high schools, which makes you wonder is the school really worth the $200,000+ per kid for K-12? My children were average students, athletic and social. In hindsight, DA was not the right school for them.
    We experienced all three schools and in summation, we were not impressed with the academic curriculum at the LS and it was a lot of stress and not joy or the love of learning. The MS had a few stellar teachers among a sea of mediocre. The kids would watch movies and play video games during class on the iPads. There was a dependency on technology to teach instead of the teacher. A general culture of disrespect for authority. No curriculum consistency from year to year; teachers just taught what they wanted to teach. We experienced 1 problem teacher that was very emotionally unstable and not dealt with. There was favoritism to staff's children. Generally speaking, more negative than positive. The U.S. is definitely the best of the three schools. The students leave prepared for college but the culture is entitled and toxic, many kids complained that they "had to be there". Athletics are not good and there are some horrid coaches. I worried about my kids safety here.