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Welcome to Duke Memorial Weekday School

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.



Important Registration Information for 2017-2018 

The DMWS Board of Directors has decided to make a few changes to this year’s registration process.  The changes should help the school offer classes that best align with demand.  In order to hold a spot for next year at the time of registration, you will pay a registration fee of $75 for returning students ($85 for new students). All registration fees are non-refundable.


Our registration dates are:

Wednesday, January 25 – Registration for current students and siblings

Friday, January 27 – Registration for church members and alumni

Thursday, February 2 – General Public Registration at 10am in Whitford Hall

Monday, February 13 – Notification of Class Assignment

Monday, February 20 – Facilities fee of $50 plus one month’s tuition due (tuition credited to May 2018)  After this payment, your spot is secured for next year.  This payment is also non-refundable.

DMWS Inclement Weather Policy


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.

DMWS is Peanut-free


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).