10/10/2018 by Carney Sandoe Staff |

10 Awesome Things About Schools in Raleigh & Durham

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Each fall, ahead of the busy independent school hiring season that starts in the winter, we at Carney, Sandoe & Associates take to the road and embark on visits to our client schools across the country. Last year, we visited more than 250 schools and this year is no different. School visits are a chance for us to sit down in person with key hiring contacts and decision-makers to learn more about what makes their schools unique, what type of teacher or administrator will thrive in their communities, and how else we can better serve their needs. We also get to see some really amazing and beautiful campuses and cities we've never been to!

At the same time, we're also visiting colleges and universities to meet with students who are exploring the education profession and interested in teaching in independent, private schools. It's important for us to reach the newest generation of teachers and bring them into the incredible schools who we work with.

Placement Associate Beth McArdle kicked off our school and college visit season by traveling to Raleigh and Durham in North Carolina where she visited several independent schools and made a stop at Duke University. Check out some of fun and inspiring things she learned on her trip!

1. Beth visited North Carolina just after Hurricane Florence struck the state, with damage amounting up to $20 billion. In addition to remaining safe locally, independent school communities in Raleigh and Durham rallied to support the more seriously affected areas. For example, students at Cary Academy organized food and supply collections and raised money from bake sales.

2. The “Research Triangle” name gained acclaim in the 1950s with the creation of Research Triangle Park, home to high-tech companies and enterprises. Although now used to refer to the whole geographic region of Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill, “The Triangle” originally referred to its three universities: North Carolina State, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.

3. Duke’s Fall Career Fair, where CS&A recruited new educators, was held at the Wilson Recreation Center. Take a tour of this impressive facility here!

4. Durham Academy’s inaugural Maymester course includes capstone experiences for 9th-, 10th- and 11th-graders and will vary in length from four to 13 days.

5. Ravenscroft's new Keim Center for Innovation and Research opened this August.

6. Saint Mary’s School introduced its first Seminar Program across all grade levels which includes courses in technology, health/wellness, innovation, and college counseling. The program will culminate in a Portfolio for Life.

7. Saint David’s School’s performing artists will present “Clue: On Stage” this October. Miss Scarlet with the wrench in the Library?

8. Duke School’s Fifth Annual Dragon Dash 5K and One Mile Fun Walk/Run took place on September 30.

9. Hill Center just announced a new identity, vision, and website. It also adopted a new name: Hill Learning Center.

10. Raleigh offers the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. Four film festivals are held in Durham during the year and the city is home to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) with over 150 productions a year.

Check back in the coming weeks as other members of our Placement Team share their own school and college visit highlights!

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