As a warm and welcoming community devoted to academic excellence, Triangle Day School ignites intellectual curiosity, fosters compassion and integrity, and nurtures creativity, inspiring confidence in each student to lead a life of purpose.

Core Values

Guiding Principles


Triangle Day School was founded in 1991 by a group of teachers, administrators, and parents. This group wanted to challenge students who had demonstrated that they were “ready for more.” Furthermore, they wanted to do so in small classes within a comfortable environment, while also keeping tuition low.

For the first two years, the school was called Trinity School of Durham, and it served students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In 1993, the name was changed to Triangle Day School. In addition, the population narrowed to Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The school site, located on Neal Road and within walking distance to Bennett Memorial, began as a converted John Deere tractor facility. The school has seen numerous capital improvements over the past 30 years, including additions to the main academic building (now more than 16,000 square feet), construction of a second academic building, and construction of a gymnasium in 2002. In 2008, the school acquired more than ten acres of land across the street, which was subsequently developed into baseball and soccer fields. Most recently the school constructed the Hardin Academic Center, a 12,000 SF academic building.

Today, Triangle Day School remains connected to its proud history and focused on the future. The school continues to enroll students of the highest caliber, both academically and personally, and to attract students of different religious, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In keeping with its mission, the school fosters the pursuit of knowledge, integrity, and responsibility through student participation in a variety of academic and co-curricular activities. Children graduate from TDS armed with intellectual curiosity, 21st-century skills, and healthy self-confidence that all prepare them well for high school and beyond.

As a relatively young school, TDS enjoys connections to its founding in 1991. As one example, Katy Shoemaker, known by scores of Kindergarteners as Ms. Katy, helped get TDS off the ground as a founder, then taught Kindergarten for 16 years. Presently, Ms. Katy returns to school often, as a substitute teacher and also a graduation speaker.