A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area


The course offerings in the Upper School are rich and varied. Staff members seek to meet students where they are and challenge them to achieve on an individual level. Teachers are encouraged to teach their passions, creating a wide array of courses offered each term.

The Upper School year is divided into 12-week trimesters, with time devoted to the Upper School Retreat, Service, Symposia, and End of Year Programs, as determined by staff.

Most students take four full years (12 credits) of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Modern Language, and Cultural Arts.


Graduation Requirements

Language Arts12 credits (3 credits of Foundations of Literature, 3 credits of Global Literature, 6 other; 1 per term is required)
Mathematics9 credits*
Science9 credits (3 credits of biological science, 3 credits of physical science, 3 other)
Social Studies9 credits (3 credits of Geography, 3 credits of Global History, 3 of US History)
Modern Language6 credits*
Community Service6 credits (minimum of 1 credit per year)
Physical Education6 credits (minimum of 1 credit per year)
Cultural Arts8 credits
Adolescent Health1 credit

*Admission to the University of North Carolina system requires one year of math beyond Algebra II and two years of the same language.

Satisfactory completion of one term in any subject area constitutes one credit in that area.

Taking Issues to Capitol Hill

Each year, our Quaker Advocacy class undertakes a detailed study of an issue in government policy chosen by the class. After careful research and consultation with outside experts, the students craft a policy statement with recommendations and submit it to the community for approval. The next step is to take their document to the federal level, meeting with our senators and representatives at their offices in Washington, D.C.