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Y.E. Smith Elementary Museum School


Principal: Letisha Judd
Address : 2410 East Main Street Durham NC 27703
Phone : 919-560-3900
Hours of Operation : 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enrollment : 323
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Smith's program focuses on Children's Engineering. By applying the ideas of science and using the tools of technology, children design and construct products, systems, and environments that solve problems they encounter daily. Our students are engaged in purposeful use of materials, tools, and technology to conduct scientific investigations on a daily basis. Technology is infused throughout the curriculum, and word-processing skills, databases, and spreadsheets are routinely used as children organize and display their work. Internet access from all instructional areas allows regular access to -- and communication with -- the world at-large. On-line projects and communication with experts connect our students with the global community. Integrated project work is collaboratively planned and flows back and forth between classrooms and the well-equipped Science, Technology, and Media Labs.


Our Children's Engineering program is adapted from the Design Technology Curriculum in British Primary Schools. The Engineering curriculum comprises a range of knowledge, processes, skills, and techniques that children learn and apply as they find optimal solutions to common problems. Engineering Projects provide contexts for applying knowledge and skills with tools and materials, structures and forces, mechanics and control, and energy sources and uses. Responding to the needs and problems around them, children design and construct products, systems, and environments that improve the quality of life. Students' Engineering projects focus on the structure, form, and function of natural materials and organisms and their counterparts in the designed world. These projects integrate, support, and reinforce core curriculum objectives. Finding successful solutions to open-ended problems requires drawing upon a wide range of knowledge and skills from across content areas.

Services for Academically/Intellectually Gifted Students

Academically/Intellectually Gifted students participate in pullouts sessions using the school's theme (science & technology) and an integration model incorporating math, science, technology, and literacy. The model is project-based learning. The instruction approach is team teaching.

Community Involvement

The following businesses, programs, and community groups provide assistance by donating their time, expertise, materials, and financial resources:

  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Hillside High School
  • Duke Power
  • Environmental Protection Agency


State ABC Rating :

  • 2010-11: High Growth. Priority School (48.0%)
  • 2009-10: Growth Met. Priority-EXP (45.2%)
  • 2008-09: Growth Met. Priority-EXP (48.5%)

End-of-Grade Test Scores

School Scorecard

NC School Report Card


From I-40:

Exit at the Durham Freeway North (Hwy 147) Take the Alston Avenue exit and turn Right. Turn Right onto Main Street at the traffic light. Stay on Main Street through 1 traffic light and 2 stop signs. Y.E. Smith will be on the right.

From I-85:

Exit onto South US 70 Business. Take US 70 past the Highway Patrol Station on the right. East Main Street is the 1st Left past the station. Y.E. Smith is on the left about 0.5 mile down E. Main Street.

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Improvement Plan

Improvement Plan