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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Durham Nativity School is to provide a tuition-free, enriched learning environment and an eleven-year support system for middle school boys who have the ability and commitment to achieve, but not the resources for a quality, independent school education. We promote a rigorous academic program and nurture the whole child to reach his potential through knowledge, moral values, learning skills, discipline, and character development. We instill service for others as we build tomorrow’s role models and community leaders.

Admissions Philosophy

Durham Nativity School seeks to admit young men and families who value education and are committed to meeting the expectations of our twelve-year program. Our graduates are afforded the opportunity to attend independent, college preparatory high schools and earn a college degree. Students who are successful at DNS enjoy learning, are motivated to succeed in a focused academic environment; and possess honesty, integrity, and self-discipline. The admissions process is designed to identify students and families who will benefit from our specialized instruction and programs.

Family Commitment

Parents and guardians are expected to support and reinforce the core values and best practices of the Durham Nativity School. Parental involvement and commitment to the educational process produces a successful and more complete child.


  1. Obtain an application portfolio at the school or online at
  2. Attend an open house to learn firsthand of the opportunities available (refer to admission’s event
  3. Submit an entire application portfolio for consideration.
    A. Completed application
    B. Two teacher recommendations C. EOG test scores and report cards D. Income documentation
  4. Complete an interview and testing

Admissions Policy

Durham Nativity School recognizes and appreciates the value of diversity within its entire learning community. We do not discriminate in the admission of students and families on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ethnic or national origin. Durham Nativity School seeks to admit only those students whose educational needs it has the resources to meet.

Preference is given to qualified candidates who are eligible for the federal school meal program. To verify, a copy of the family’s tax return is submitted.

For further information, contact:
Ms. Maura Sullivan
Director of Admissions
Durham Nativity School
1004 North Mangum Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-680-3790