Founded in 1997, Durham Charter School was the first charter in the state and is now one of the highest-performing charter schools in North Carolina. In the 2021-2022 School Year, we were the #10 highest-growth public school out of 2,500. We are now the #3 highest-performing charter school in Durham. Last year, our students outperformed the state in every measure of the EOGs. Additionally, every single one of the teachers exceeded growth with their students, performing in the top 1% of schools.

Exceeded NC Growth Award - 2022

Durham Charter vs. State Average Performance Comparison

DCS Overview Table

School Report Card

Our school grade is currently a C, but we were very close to earning a B. We launched our high school program this year and expect to become a B school in the next two years. By 2030 we will serve over 1,200 students on a 50-acre campus. Please visit our About page to learn more.

  • School Letter Grade: C
  • School Performance Number: 67
  • Growth Score: Exceeds, top 5 in NC

Our model ensures a structured, small, and academically rigorous program led by highly qualified, effective teachers. We partner with families who seek high expectations for student behavior and achievement. Please visit our Admissions page for more details on enrollment.

School YearSchool Performance Letter GradeGrowth StatusOverall School Performance Score
2022 - 2023CExceeds Top 5 in NC67
2021-2022CExceeds Top 1% in NC63
2020-2021No Score/NAN/AN/A
2019-2020No Score/NAN/AN/A
2018-2019DExceeds Top 10% in NC54
2017-2018DExceeds Top 10% in NC47
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