At a Glance

The Lerner School is a Jewish Community Day School, committed to achieving the highest standards of academic excellence, fostering learning of Jewish values, culture and traditions, while building a diverse and caring community…one child at a time.

Established: 1995
Location: Durham, North Carolina


Located on a beautiful wooded campus conveniently located near Duke and UNC universities. Our facilities include:

  • Preschool pavilion
  • Elementary building
  • Two libraries
  • Science lab
  • Full-sized gym
  • Student lunch room
  • Two kitchens
  • Dedicated music and art studios
  • Technology: Chromebooks, Smartboards, Google School for Education
  • Three dedicated playgrounds for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary students and an Imagination Playground
  • Specialized outdoor recreation areas including a circular track, soccer fields, blacktop basketball courts, climbing structures, nature trail and Gaga pit

Student-to-Teacher Ratio



Age 2 through Pre-K


153 students


Kindergarten through 5th grade


Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)


  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS)
  • Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE)
  • Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation (beneficiary)
  • Charlotte & Dick Levin JCC


Every family is unique

As a Jewish Community School, Lerner attracts a diverse population. Every family is unique and made to feel a part of our community. At Lerner you’ll find a common love of Jewish culture, history and values, along with a diversity in practice, beliefs, and nationalities. Whether your family is from Haifa or Halifax, Brooklyn or Boise, we’re certain you’ll feel at home at Lerner.

Connecting to Judaism in personal ways

The religious and cultural make-up of our school strongly reflects that Judaism comes in many shapes and sizes. Some families are affiliated with our local synagogues while others have no affiliation. Some families have two Jewish parents, others one, a few have none. Some prefer lox others prefer whitefish—continuing the never ending debate. Our approach is to welcome all families who embrace the mission of the school.

Special Events and Programs

Back-to-School Sunday
Lerner Carnival
Simchat Torah Celebration
Book Fair
Havdallah Sleepover
Chanukkah Program
Passover Family Program
Art Show
Science Fair
VIP Day (Grandparents/Special Friends Day)
Lunch in the Sukkah / Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Cancer Research
Family Social Programs (Class picnics, Shabbat dinners, Durham Bulls game, Bingo)