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About Durham Public Schools
When relocating to a new town as a parent, you certainly want to know about the school system. In Durham (and Durham County), there is a single unified school district serving 32,000 diverse students from all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds. The DPS is a large district that has experienced explosive growth as Durham becomes a more desirable place to live. DPS offers traditional schools, magnet programs, a year-round calendar, and small specialty high schools. Three of DPS’s high schools are on US News & World Report’s Best High Schools List for 2018. DPS also offers an early college high school and the Durham School of the Arts. DPS has a focus on farm-to-school meal choices, and breakfast is free for all students regardless of income. DPS has an extensive program for academically and intellectually gifted students, as well as a skilled Exceptional Children Program. A unique thing about DPS is that it partners with Duke Children’s Hospital to allow chronically ill and hospitalized patients to remain in school while staying in the hospital.
Student Racial Composition (2021-22)
African American: 41.6%
American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander: 6.6%