Twenty years ago Durham had two public school systems. After many attempts to start a merger process, one finally got traction. The total history is not worth repeating here but Durham has operated one public school system for over fifteen years, and it is one the entire community can be proud of. There are still challenges but strong leadership from the County Commission and several top notch Superintendents have brought it to the point that Forbes Magazine could rank it as the 20th best system in the country. The system has an excellent website. That and the ncpublicschools/org site the state site that reports test scores by school are good sources of additional information. Durham also has several private schools with excellent programs including Durham Academy. Durham is also the home of the North Carolina School of Math and Science, a two year residential high school for exceptional math and science students from around the state.
Durham also has a fine community college in Durham Technical Community College. Durham Tech has grown in both stature and service to the community by working closely with employers, especially in RTP, to provide the kind of career education so necessary for continued economic development.