Durham Nativity School

Durham Nativity School

Durham Nativity School is a scholarship-based independent school for young men in 5th - 8th grade.

We aim to help break the cycle of poverty through a quality middle school education that will help empower each child to reach their full potential. Durham Nativity School serves middle school boys who come from financially challenged (low income) families. The students should be able to thrive in a structured, academically challenging environment focused on the development of leadership skills an

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On behalf of the entire Durham Nativity School community, we would like to say thank you for all of the generous contributions received during Giving Tuesday. Your support is a true testament to your belief in our mission to provide a transformative educational experience.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that encourages people to come together to support causes they care about. This year, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from our community. Thanks to all of our friends and supporters alike, we have unlocked a $50,000 matching gift and will be able to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed in school and life.

We are immensely grateful to everyone who was able to support us and help make Durham Nativity School a place where our students can reach their full potential and build a brotherhood for life.


This month Siji was recognized as the World Changer of the Month by the teachers for his keen social awareness and gritty work ethic as a student. Way to go, Siji!


Join us for a morning with the Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Professor of Homiletics and African and African American Studies.

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 11/28/2023

Here at DNS, our mission is to provide a nurturing and enriching learning environment and empower students who possess the determination to excel academically. This year for we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported our mission so far. Your generosity has made a real impact, and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Today, we’re shining a spotlight on our anonymous matching gift of 50,000. Every dollar you contribute will be matched, doubling the impact of your donation. Every contribution, no matter how big or small, plays a crucial role in giving our students access and opportunities. Together, we can create positive change that lasts. Visit www.durhamnativity.org/giving to contribute. Every act of kindness counts.


is tomorrow. We wanted to share that Durham Nativity School has been granted a generous anonymous matching gift of $50,000. Every dollar you contribute will be matched, doubling the impact of your donation. Extend your donation this year by making your gift now! Your support is greatly appreciated! Visit www.durhamnativity.org/giving to find out the different ways you can donate!


Mark your calendars: is just around the corner on November 28th! Your contribution is the key to making all our efforts possible.

Visit our website to find out how you can donate today.


Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to Dare to Dream Big!


Our mission is to help our students transform the Triangle, but we cannot do this alone. The only way to achieve this goal is by developing partnerships with community members who align with our mission, vision, and values.

Today, we reconnected with former DNS parent, James Abram, founder and owner of Jada's Men's Accessories, the only Black-owned haberdashery in the area, to form a new partnership. While his shop on Foster St in downtown Durham boasts an impressive collection of ties, bowties, scarves, and other accessories and his clientele includes local teams, TV anchors, and politicians, he is also on a mission to transform the Triangle through mentoring boys and young men.

We are excited for all that we will build, empower, and inspire!

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 11/18/2023

This past week our 8th graders had the opportunity to visit Trinity School, as they begin to think about high school. During the visit they ran into two DNS alumni that are currently seniors at Trinity!

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 11/16/2023

Distinctly DNS - Partnership with the Duke Department of Surgery

DNS increases access to opportunities that our students would otherwise not be able to experience.

Today, our seventh and eighth graders, along with Ms. Robinson, Ms. Hunter, and Ms. Alrefae, reconnected with a pre-COVID partner, Dr. Linda Cendales and Duke School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery to participate in the ASSET program. This program provides career mentorship and educational assistance to financially disadvantaged students. The Academic Success Through Surgical Education and Training (ASSET) program aims to foster high achievement in science through surgical education. The program focuses on empowerment, modeling, and career orientation, while providing anatomy, simulation, and surgical workshops throughout the year for students.

Thank you for the incredible opportunity, Dr. Cendales and the Duke Department of Surgery team!

For more information - https://surgery.duke.edu/about-department/community-outreach/academic-success-through-surgical-education-and-training-asset


We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy!

TMLA’s mission is to LOVE, lead, guide, and mentor males between the ages of 9 and 18 who are being raised by a single parent, single legal guardian or their grandparent(s). Our collaboration will help us better serve our students and families as we work to transform Durham and the Triangle.

Please join us in welcoming them to the DNS brotherhood!


Come learn more about our school today at the S.M.A.S.H. Summit (Supporting Mental Health Advocacy through Steam and Hip-Hop) at our incredible partner organization the Emily K Center.


Join us today at the Emily Krzyzewski Center for the S.M.A.S.H Summit - Supporting Mental Health Advocacy through Steam and Hip-Hop

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 11/09/2023

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We are happy to announce that we have joined forces with Central Park School for Children to create a neighborhood school partnership in Old North Durham. Every Monday, our 6th - 8th graders will walk over to CPSFC to work with their students and become their “big brothers”. Activities will range from reading to one another to playing outside on the playground. We are so grateful for this new friendship and how it will help us fulfill our creed as we build tomorrow’s role models and community leaders.


Just a reminder that there is still time to vote today!

Click here to find your local polling place: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/PPLkup/


During the months of November and December, we invite families and friends of DNS to display a yard sign, to show your DNS pride and help us recruit new students. If you'd like to acquire a sign for your yard, please reach out to Mr. Mahoney at [email protected] to schedule a time to come pick up your sign!


It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of our former longtime colleague and friend, Kathryn DuPree, who passed away yesterday, November 5th, 2023. Mrs. DuPree was more than a colleague; she was a member of everyone’s family and a valuable asset to the DNS community for more than 15 years.

A celebration of her life will be held at New Hope Church (7619 Fayetteville Rd Durham, NC 27713) on Sunday, November 12th at 2:00pm. Friends will be received prior to the service.

Cards can be sent to:
Mechia DuPree

2 Highplains Rd
Durham NC


Yesterday was another glorious Wake-up and Worship Wednesday! Our entire school joined together in song to awaken our minds, bodies, and souls, thanks to our dean of students and music teacher.

Have a blessed day!


Calling all young men in grades 4 through 7 looking for the opportunity to become a part of our community. Applications are open and we cannot wait to meet you at our admissions assessment, see below for details.

Photos from Wall Street Juniors's post 10/26/2023
Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/21/2023

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Our community, corporate, and foundation partners help us provide our students with access to unparalleled opportunities.

Last night, the Jenny Lillian Semans Koortbojian Trust, Spencer Hubbard (Jenny’s nephew and Duke bball player), and Duke University Athletics helped us celebrate a group of our students, who live our DNS Creed inside and outside of the classroom, by inviting us to join Duke’s Countdown to Craziness. It was a night to remember for all!

Thank you for your support!

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/19/2023

It was a great afternoon of soccer with our team winning 2-1 against Carolina Friends.

Thank you to all of our families, alumni, friends, board members, neighbors, and community partners who came out to support our team and school!

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/19/2023

Today, members of the 6th and 7th grade were recognized for their academic achievement and good citizenship. They visited the Barrier Breakers from Jackie to Pumpsie exhibition at the American To***co Campus and then had breakfast at Press.

If you can see it, you can be it.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
MLB Play Ball MLB


Congratulations to Mshinda Middleton-Brown, former DNS parent, for being named Durham Public School 2023 - 2024 Principal of the Year!

Congratulations to DPS 2023-2024 Principal of the Year Mshinda Middleton-Brown! Want to learn more about our Principal of the Year? Visit DPSNC.net.


Today’s chapel message reminded our community of how to spread God’s love and kindness. Durham native and UNC student, Cam Traylor, shared a personal story of how he was able to pay it forward to someone in need.

Every person is worthy and deserves our humanity as we work toward a more just world for all.


A powerful first Wake-up and Worship Wednesday in chapel this morning with our incredible dean of students and music teacher!


We hope to see you at our event on Thursday!

Bring a folding chair and a family member or friend.

Please share with other alumni and friends of DNS!

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/18/2023

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We believe that service is an integral part of brotherhood and that it begins with our own school. Last week, we were blessed to have alumni return to help with projects around the building.

Thank you for all of your help. We hope you visit again soon!


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Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/16/2023

A few great moments from yesterday's book fair. Many thanks to the volunteers, families, staff members, Takiri Folclor Latino, and Dj Mayor Morrison for coming out to make it a super fun day.

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/13/2023

Six years ago, the Jenny Koortbojian Trust chose to partner with Durham Nativity School. Since 2018, their generous initial gift and continous support allow us to offer tution-free reading camps to more than 80 boys and girls of Durham.

Also, the Koortbojian Trust funds events for our families. This year we are grateful to host a book fair and open house with food, music, prizes and a stipend to buy books for DNS students and reading camp kids.

Join us this Sunday, 1 to 4pm at Durham Nativity School.

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/12/2023

Throwback Thursday:

Our cross country team is on the move and getting faster with each race!


Six good reasons to come: Scholastic Books, music by Dj Mayor Morrison, performance by Takiri Folclor Latino (2pm), handmade pupusas, Ole NC BBQ Catering, and free books for children (thanks to Book Harvest). See you at our Book Fair and Open House!


Happy World Teachers’ Day to our incredible team!

Thank you for everything that you do to support our students and make our school the best it can be every single day!

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/05/2023

Joining our private school partner schools to support Student to Scholars’ school fair at the Boys and Girls Club of Durham and Orange County.

Photos from Durham Public Schools's post 10/05/2023
Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/05/2023

Tiffany Alrefae, head of school, and Ruby Thompkins, DNS board member and alumni grandparent, enjoyed representing DNS at the Black Diamonds Night celebrating the opening of the Barrier Breakers exhibit.

“From Jackie to Pumpsie–1947-1959, "Barrier Breakers" is a traveling exhibit developed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, Missouri. It tells the important, but often overlooked story of the courageous players who integrated their respective Major League Baseball (MLB) teams from Jackie Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 through Elijah "Pumpsie" Green completing the integration cycle, 12 years later, with the Boston Red Sox.

Resilient Ventures, LLC is proud to present this amazing exhibition. As we pay tribute to these courageous trailblazers, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, from whom this exhibit originates and to our sponsors, whose support has made their stories of resilience and excellence directly accessible to us in our beloved Black Wall St. legacy city of Durham, NC. Together, we celebrate the triumph of equality and salute the enduring legacy of these pioneering athletes.”

You can visit the free exhibit in the Crowe building of the American To***co Campus until October 29, 2023.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/05/2023

Tis’ the season for high school fairs. Tonight, our eighth grade students and their families visited with local and out of state high school admissions representatives at the St. Timothy’s HS Fair in Raleigh.

We are so lucky to have Ms. QuRita Hunter as our Director of High School Placement and Graduate Support! She helps navigate the admissions and financial aid process from start to finish, ensuring that every young man finds their best fit school to continue their educational journey after graduating from DNS.

Photos from Durham Nativity School's post 10/04/2023

Distinctly DNS…

We collaborate with our community partners to provide our students with unique opportunities and unrivaled access to people, programs, and experiences. These opportunities provide windows and mirrors into possible career pathways because if you can see it, you can be it.

Yesterday, our eighth grade students took part in the Business of Software 2023 conference in Raleigh. They were also able to meet up with DNS friends, Bill Spruill (2ndF) and Carl Nassib (Rayze).

Thank you for the invitation, 2ndF!

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Our Story

Mission Statement

Durham Nativity School provides an excellent education for young men, empowering them to make a difference in the world.

About Durham Nativity School

Durham Nativity School provides a tuition-free, enriched learning environment and a twelve-year support system for middle school boys. Our students 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 the value of service for others as we build tomorrow’s role models and community leaders.

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2021 DNS Graduation




1004 N Mangum Street
Durham, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 7:45am - 6pm
Tuesday 7:45am - 6pm
Wednesday 7:45am - 6pm
Thursday 7:45am - 6pm
Friday 7:45am - 6pm
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