Your Guide to the Durham Public School District

One of the Largest School Districts in NC with Over 32,000 Students - DPSD Works Hard to Provide a Comprehensive Education to the Diverse Student Population

About Durham Public Schools

When You are Relocating to a New Town as a Parent You Certainly Want to Know About the School System.

In Durham (and Durham County) there is 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' High Schools are on US News & World Report's Best High Schools List for 2018.

DPS Offers 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 of Academically and Intellectually Gifted Students as well as a Skilled Exceptional Children Program.

A Unique Thing is that DPS Partner's with Duke Children's Hospital to Allow Chronically Ill and Hospitalized Patients to Remain in School while staying in the Hospital.

Student Racial Composition


African American: 41.6%

Hispanic/Latino: 32.8%

White: 19%

American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander: 6.6%




Pre-Kindergarten: 454

K-5: 13,873

6-8: 6,819

9-12: 10,641

Total (Excluding Pre-K): 31,333




Elementary: 31

Middle: 9

K-8: 1

6-12: 2

High School: 10

Alternative: 1

Hospital: 1

Virtual: 1


Student-Teacher Ratios


K-3: 1 to18

4-5: 1 to 23

6-8: 1 to 21

9-12: 1 to 24


Staffing Facts


Teacher Salary: $40,425-$78,415

Teachers: 2,410

Total Employees: 5,054

Budget: $460.5 Million