Durham Public Schools: The DPS Showcase of Schools will begin Nov 7, 2016. You can visit DPSNC.Net for a list of tour dates You can visit any school sooner by contacting the school directly. See a full list of Durham Public Schools below.
2017 DPS Magnet Fair: Application period for DPS Magnet Schools and CTE Pathway Clusters is January 9, 2017, 12 a.m. -January 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Magnet School Fair is scheduled for November 5, 2016 at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability from 10 until 1.
Voyager Academy applications are available from Jan. 1-February 28. The lottery date is in the middle of March and the exact date will be published in the near future. Open Houses are Jan. 4 and 18, Feb. 1 and 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Raleigh Charter High School will host Open House Events on Jan. 27, 2017 and Feb. 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Applications will be available on-line from Jan. 23 through Feb. 24. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no earlier than Jan.23, 2017 and no laterthan Feb. 24, 2017. Lottery is March 18, 2017 10:00 a.m.
City of Medicine High School will accept on-line applications from Jan 9, 2017 through Jan 31, 2017. Results will be announced on March 1, 2017 on SmartChoice Dashboard.
Durham School of the Arts will host school tours from Nov. 9-Jan. 19, 2017 at various times, please check the website for a complete list. The lottery application window begins on Jan. 9,2017 and runs through Feb. 3, 2017 with a 5:00 deadline.
Research Triangle High School will host walking tours 9:30 to 10:15 during the months of Nov.- Feb. Applications available on January 4, 2017 and must be postmarked by midnight Feb. 28, 2017. The Lottery will be held March 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/rthstour
Applications for programs, calendars magnet school and CTE Pathway Clusters must be submitted online at www.dpsnc.net Lottery Notification Results will be posted Wednesday, March 1, 2017 on SmartChoice Dashboard (the on-line application site). Registration deadline to accept Lottery Assignments is March 17, 2017
Other Fairs: If you hear of other High School Fairs, please submit that information on the form to the right, so we can post it here.
Homeschool is an excellent option for many families looking for a rewarding high school experience for their 8th grader. If you have information about starting homeschool, please submit it on the form to the right, so we can post it here.
New Life Camp Homeschool Enrichment Activities A ministry designed to assist homeschooling parents by offering their students weekly activities and electives to complement their home learning experiences in the context of a Biblical worldview that will equip students to influence the world around them for Christ. 9927 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh Phone: 919-847-0764 newlifecamp.com/activities/homeschool-enrichment
Private High School Options in Durham and Wake Counties
Private Christian High Schools
Carolina Friends School Friends Church (Quaker) 4809 Friends School Rd., Durham Phone: 919-383-6602 Tours: TBD Open House: Dec 4, 2pm - 4pm Register for a Tour or Open House online or call. www.cfsnc.org
Cary Christian School Interdenominational 1330 Old Apex Rd., Cary Phone: 919-303-2560 Open House: Oct 27, 6pm Jan 19 6pm Register for the Open House online or call. www.carychristianschool.org
Cresset Christian Academy Baptist 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham Phone: 919-489-2655 Fall Fair: Oct 1, 10am-2pm Register for the Fall Fair online or call. www.cressetchristian.org
Crossroads Christian School Baptist 583 Old County Home Rd., Henderson Phone: 252-431-1333 Call to schedule a visit. www.ccscolts.org
Friendship Christian Academy Baptist 5510 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh Phone: 919-872-2133 Call or use the web contact form to schedule a visit. Open Houses: Nov. 18, Dec. 16 and Jan. 20 at 9:30 am www.friendshipchristian.net
Grace Christian School Interdenominational 1101 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh Phone: 919-747-2020 Open Houses: Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 , Dec. 8 at 9:00 am Register for an Open House online or call. www.gracechristian.net
Neuse Christian Academy Baptist 7600 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh Phone: 919-844-6496 Open Houses: Oct. 24, Nov. 15. Dec. 12, Jan. 18, Feb. 3, & March 3 at 8:15 am Register for an Open House online or call. www.neusechristianacademy.com
North Raleigh Christian Academy Interdenominational 7300 Perry Creek Rd., Raleigh Phone: 919-573-7900 Open House: Nov 15 and 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. Dec. 13 and 19 at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. (more dates listed on website) Register for the Open House online or call. www.nrcaknights.com
St. David's School Episcopal 3400 White Oak Rd., Raleigh Phone: 919-782-3331 Tours/Info Session.: Oct 26, Nov. 16, Dec 7, Jan 25,Feb. 22, March 22, & April 5 9:30 am Register for a Tour or Open House online or call. www.sdsw.org
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill Interdenominational 4011 Pickett Rd., Durham Phone: 919-402-8262 Open House: Nov 2, 7pm-8:30pm Nov 15 9am (more dates listed on website) Register for the Open House online or call. www.trinityschoolnc.org
Wake Christian Academy Interdenominational 5500 Wake Academy Dr., Raleigh Phone: 919-772-6264 Call or use the web contact form to schedule a visit. www.wakechristianacademy.com
Word of God Christian Academy Nondenominational 3000 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh Phone: 919-834-820 Call to schedule a visit. www.wogca.org
Private Secular High Schools
Cary Academy 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary Phone: 919-677-3873 Open Houses: Oct 13 & Nov 1, 8:30 am-10:30. Register for an Open House online or call. www.caryacademy.org
Camelot Academy 809 Proctor St., Durham Phone: 919-688-3040 Drop In Visits: Wednesdays @ 10:15am Open House: TBD Register for the Open House online or call. www.camelotacademy.org
Durham Academy 3601 Ridge Rd., Durham Phone: 919-493-9595 Open Houses: Nov 29 & Dec 5, 9am-11:30am Register for an Open House online or call. www.da.org
Ravenscroft 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh Phone: 919-847-0900 Open Houses: Oct 14, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 11, Dec. 02, Dec. 9. All @ 9 am-11 am. Register for an Open House online or call. www.ravenscroft.org
Durham Public Schools has an excellent website with loads of information on each school. Here in the two columns to the right is just a little information gleaned from that site to get you started researching the public school options in Durham County.
DPS Enrollment: To enroll in the traditional school in your current school district, get an application from the DPS website, the school, or the Office of Student Assignment, gather the other supporting documentation, and submit the packet directly to the school.
To enroll in a traditional school outside your current school district (for a specific Career Pathway) or a School of Choice, get an application from the DPS website, the school, or the Office of Student Assignment after the Winter Break. Students are assigned by lottery. Lotteries are conducted in early March, and students are notified in mid-March of their assignments. Subsequent lotteries are held with the original application pool to assign students to declined slots from the first lottery.
Questions: Questions about enrollment in any DPS school can be directed to the Office of Student Assignment, (919) 560- 2059.
Charter schools are public schools managed by entities other than Durham Public Schools. Charter schools are free, and students are selected by lottery. For a full list of charter schools in other counties visit the state Office of Charter Schools website.
Charter School Enrollment: Charter schools have their own enrollment processes. To enroll in a charter school, go to the school website, click on the Admissions tab, and follow the instructions.
Kestrel Heights High School A Paideia Education School Paideia is a holistic approach to life-long learning with roots in ancient Greece. The Paideia Program is based on the belief that the human species is defined by its capacity and desire for learning. The program itself argues for a public education that is at once more rigorous and more accessible. Address: 4700 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC Enrollment: 262 www.kestrelheights.org/highschool/index.html
Research Triangle High School The mission of the Research Triangle High School is to increase access to globally competitive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education for students and teachers across North Carolina, by incubating, proving and scaling innovative models of teaching and learning. Our goal at RTHS will be to graduate young people who are both prepared for college-level studies, and have learned how to demonstrate the 21st century skills that Research Triangle Park (RTP) companies seek. Address: 10 Park Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC
Voyager Academy High School The mission of Voyager Academy is to provide students an academically challenging and supportive learning environment. Staff utilizes experiential and traditional learning strategies so that students become responsible, engaged, and innovative members of society. The school’s expectation is that all students, working with dedicated faculty and family, will excel academically and socially. Address: 4302 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham, NC Enrollment: 400 www.voyageracademy.net
DPS Traditional Schools
Hillside High School A participatory, interactive, educational community to meet the developmental needs -- academic, physical, emotional, social, economic, and moral -- of high school students. Career Pathways: Computer Applications, Computer Accounting, Marketing, Apparel Development, Electronics, Computer Engineering, Early Childhood Education, Cosmetology, Foods, Army ROTC Enrollment: 1248 hillside.dpsnc.net
Jordan High School Provide students with the opportunity to explore a body of knowledge, to develop academic, physical, and social skills, and to practice thinking and decision-making processes in an open and orderly environment. Career Pathways: Animal Science, Agricultural Biotechnology, Computer Applications, Marketing, Printing Graphics, Apparel Development, Housing and Interior Design, Foods Enrollment: 1818 Rising 9th grade parent night:3/9/17 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditotium jordan.dpsnc.net
Northern High School Strives to ensure that students achieve at their highest potential, regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability, or socio-economic status. Provides a safe environment for learning where every student makes continuous progress and is prepared for a productive future. Career Pathways: Computer Applications, Marketing, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Construction Technologies, Architectural Drafting, Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Foods, Automotive Technologies, Air Force ROTC Enrollment: 1377 northern.dpsnc.net
Riverside High School Each student is valued as an individual and has the opportunity and responsibility to identify and pursue his/her own abilities, interests, and goals. Graduation has meaning, and all graduates should read, write, speak and solve problems at least at the 12th grade level, be proficient in using technology, and be able to work in a collaborative manner. Values are emphasized, and the following values are intentionally fostered and promoted in all aspects of school life: citizenship, courage, fairness, honesty, kindness, perseverance, respect, responsibility, and self-discipline. Career Pathways: Computer Applications, Computer Accounting, Marketing, Apparel Development, Housing and Interior Design, Computer Engineering, Pre-Engineering Option, Engineering Drafting, Foods, Air Force ROTC Enrollment: 1837 riverside.dpsnc.net
Southern School of Energy & Sustainability Strives to create a student-centered, comprehensive school plan that is culturally diverse, print-rich, academically stimulating, motivating, and dedicated to the developmental needs of the total child. Career Pathways: Computer Applications, Computer Accounting, Marketing, Apparel Development, Construction Technologies, Electrical Trades, Architectural Drafting, Masonry, Allied Health, Pre-Medical Option, Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Foods, Automotive Technologies Enrollment: 1039* southern.dpsnc.net
The mission of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), an intellectually stimulating, diverse, and collaborative community, is to educate academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
NCSSM is a free, public, residential high school for juniors and seniors. It is consistently rated among the top 100 high schools in the nation by Newsweek. Although NCSSM is for juniors and seniors, its open house events welcome 8th grade families, so students and parents can get to know the school and plan for the last two years of high school. Graduates of NCSSM are recruited by and offered scholarships to top national and international universities.
Address: 1219 Broad St., Durham, NC Enrollment: 680 juniors and seniors Register for an Open House online. www.ncssm.edu
DPS "Schools of Choice"
City of Medicine Academy A high school program that provides a four-year health career curriculum for students interested in pursuing health care careers. Enrollment: 320 cma.dpsnc.net
Durham School of the Arts Helps students from diverse backgrounds to fully realize their individual academic and creative capacities through a rigorous educational program emphasizing visual and performing arts. Enrollment: 1550 dsa.dpsnc.net
Durham Performance Learning Center Offers students the opportunity for online learning with internships and job shadowing in a unique setting. The Durham Performance Learning Center, located in Holton Career & Resource Center, features small classes where students work online at their own pace. Enrollment: 100 dplc.dpsnc.net
Hillside New Tech High School Promises to effectively engage students in preparing for careers in engineering by using project-based learning with technology embedded in the projects. The school offers computer engineering and electronics courses, as well as advanced science courses in a variety of areas. Enrollment: 422 newtech.dpsnc.net
Holton Career and Resources Center As an extension of the regular high school program, any DPS student may apply for programs at the Career Center that provide both training and instruction focused on traditional and new emerging industries. The Career Center provides students the opportunity to earn industry standard certifications or significant progress towards completion of certification requirements. Take core classes at your base high school and then drive to the Career Center for specialty courses taught from midday into the evening hours. holtoncareer.dpsnc.net
Middle College High School @ DTCC Enables students to accelerate their program of study and receive higher education credit, by providing an academically rigorous experience in a smaller and collegiate environment. Enrollment: 103 mchs.dpsnc.net
School for Creative Studies The School for Creative Studies is a school serving students in grades 6-12. The theme centers around media, design, and communication arts, and the school operates on a year-round calendar. Enrollment: scs.dpsnc.net
Southern School of Engineering Provides each student with the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills needed to compete in a 21st century global market. Enrollment: 1039* southernsoe.dpsnc.net
*Note that both schools at Southern are listed with an enrollment of 1039. Perhaps this is a figure for combined enrollment.