We welcome children of all nationalities and creeds to our preschool and kindergarten in Durham North Carolina, feeling that the inclusion of a variety of backgrounds provides an enriching experience for students.
At DMWS, our emphasis is on establishing an atmosphere of love, support, and security, and on building self-confidence in our students. This provides the wellspring that slates a child for success as a human being.
A stimulating environment with many and varied activities encourages hands-on experiences, fostering a desire to think, question and discover. Wide ranges of activities that are vitally important to children’s development are lumped together under the word “play”. Through play, children learn and polish social, emotional, physical, and mental skills. Play is children’s work!
We want the preschool experience to be a positive one with success after success to build on, and we strive to provide this experience for our students at Duke Memorial Weekday School.
As hard as it is to believe, it is time to plan for next school year! During Parent Conferences on January 22 and 23, you will receive an application for each of your currently enrolled children. Applications for siblings will be available in the office.
Wednesday, January 24 – Registration Window Opens
Thursday, February 8 – Initial Registration Window Closes
In order to maintain priority, your completed application must be received by the February 8 deadline. Tuition rates for 2018-2019 will be available soon.
When the Durham Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Duke Memorial Weekday School will be closed. If Durham Public Schools are delayed, the Director will determine if Duke Memorial Weekday School should be open, closed, or operate on a delay.
Factors considered when assessing whether to close, open on time or on a delay include, but are not limited to: teacher availability to fulfill Safe Sanctuaries requirements, the condition of Memorial Drive/sidewalks along Memorial Drive, and timing of the inclement weather event. Parents should check for cancellation/delay information on WTVD and WRAL. Attempts will be made to notify all families by email. The decision as to whether or not Duke Memorial Weekday School opens on a delay will be made with the utmost consideration of safety for all of our families and staff members. Duke Memorial Weekday School will build up to 4 makeup days into the school calendar. Use of these makeup days is at the discretion of the Director.
No peanuts or peanut butter will be allowed in DMWS classrooms. Children who bring lunches to school for Kindergarten or Lunch Bunch may use other nut butters (cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc).
Jan 2 – First Day of School for 2018
Jan 10 – Parents’ Council meeting
Jan 15 – No School Due to MLK Holiday
Jan 18 – Storyteller visit
Jan 22 & 23 – Parent Conferences – No school for children
Jan 23 – Dining Out Night at the Original Q Shack
Jan 24 – Initial Registration Window for 2018-2019 School Year Opens
Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year will begin January 24, 2018.
See the Admission page for more information.
December 1st, 2017 at 9:30 am*
Please call the school office at 919-688-5130 or contact Julie Allen to attend. Because this is a regular school day for students, we ask
that siblings not attend.
*other time slots may be added if there is demand
Our next Dining Out with DMWS event is January 23 with the Q Shack.
Duke Memorial Weekday School will receive 10% of all sales from 4 pm to close!
The 2017-2018 Duke Memorial Weekday School Handbook is now available in Adobe pdf format.
Please note: We have limited openings for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email Julie Allen or call (919) 688-5130 for more information.