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Durham Schools

Durham is making new things every day, but that only happens when you can keep producing brilliant, committed, creative students who won't rest with the status quo. Lucky for us, we have a diverse population, an innovative school system, numerous private and charter schools, two storied universities, and a technical college to make sure Durham gets smarter.

Creating a Good Foundation

Durham Public Schools has 30 elementary schools (grades K-5), 10 middle schools (grades 6-8), and 12 high schools (grades 9-12). There are also 10 magnet schools that maintain special focus on areas such as the humanities, arts, or the sciences; eight charter schools that are run privately, but open to the public and tax funded; and eight specialty schools that offer targeted and focused courses of study.

The North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM), also in Durham, is the first school of its kind. It is a state-supported residential high school for students who excel in those two fields. Located on the campus of the former Watts Hospital, NCSSM welcomes students from around the state.

Durham School of the Arts is another unique option. Covering sixth through 12th grades, this magnet school offers rigorous academics alongside specialized training in the visual and performing arts, all right in the heart of Downtown Durham.

Durham also has a full complement of private schools, including faith-based, Montessori, and other specialized curricula and educational models.

The Pinnacle of Higher Learning

Durham is also home to global educational powerhouse Duke University and the beautiful and historic North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Duke is regularly regarded as one of the finest universities in the country, ranked seventh on the 2014 U.S. News & World Report listings. Its strengths range across most fields, from literature and political science to medicine and law.

Founded in 1910, NCCU was the nation's first publicly supported liberal arts college for African Americans. The school is lauded as having some of the best deals in education for those seeking advanced degrees in business and law.

The postsecondary options also include Durham Technical Community College, which has provided high-quality, affordable technical and career education for more than 50 years. With an impressive 100% job placement rate among its graduates within one year of completing college,Durham Tech also serves as a springboard to a bachelor's degree for many of its degree-seeking students.

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Duke University

  • West Central Durham
  • Durham, NC 27708-0079
  • (919) 684-8111
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, consistently included near the top of the U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Many of their programs are highly regarded, …

North Carolina Central University

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707-9363
  • (919) 530-6295
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Located in the historic Hayti neighborhood on the eastern side of Durham, NCCU is home to an art museum, biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, an award-winning marching band, and …

Agape Corner Boarding School

  • 1402 Holloway St
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 682-0546
  • East Durham

Grades: K-12. Boarding.

Apex School of Theology

  • 1701 TW Alexander Dr
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 572-1625
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

The Apex School of Theology was founded in 1995 and moved to Durham in 2002. It offers degrees in Christian education, theology, Christian counseling, and divinity, as well as continuing education …

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham

  • 410 Blackwell St, Ste 200, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 317-3050
  • Downtown Area

Located in the historic American Tobacco Campus, the Art Institute offers training and education for careers in the applied arts. They have courses in culinary arts, design, fashion, media arts, and …

Beautiful Beginnings Child Care

  • 1309 Angier Ave
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 686-5292
  • Downtown Area

Bethesda Christian Academy

  • 1914 S Miami Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 598-0190
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Grades: K-8.

Bethesda Elementary

  • 2009 S Miami Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 560-3904
  • East Durham

Bright Horizons at Imperial Center

  • 1012 Slater Rd
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 941-6225
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

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Bright Horizons at North Durham

  • 4205 Capitol St
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 477-9296
  • North Durham (North of I-85)





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