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Githens Middle School


Principal: Tonya Williams
Address : 4800 Old Chapel Hill Road Durham NC 27707
Phone : 919-560-3966
Hours of Operation : 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Enrollment : 958
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The stakeholders at Sherwood Githens Middle School strive to be a community---nurturing academic excellence for all students and demonstrating leadership through service learning opportunities.  We want to produce responsible, self-sufficient graduates of Durham Public Schools.  We instill P.R.I.D.E traits (Punctuality, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence) to prepare students for continued success in high school and life with the following in place:


Involved Parents:  Sherwood Githens Middle School represents a collaborative partnership among parents, students, and staff. Parental input, participation, and engagement is greatly valued.  Students are more successful when parents are involved and visible in the school environment.


Engaged Students:   In order for high academic achievement to occur, we provide a relevant, fun learning environment for all students;  grounded on a challenging curriculum that is aligned with state standards; reflective of global perspectives, and interdisciplinary in nature.


Safe & Orderly Environment:  By respecting the whole student’s social, emotional and physical dimensions, we provide a safe and orderly environment.  Sherwood Githens Middle School Positive Behavior Support system provides students with clear expectations, consequences, and rewards.


Qualified Staff:  Our teachers enjoy the teaching profession and are invested in the development of the whole child.  All staff members are provided with ongoing, quality professional development to deliver superior, individualized classroom instruction.


Leadership through Service: In order to develop leadership skills and a connection to the community, we provide comprehensive leadership training and experiential learning opportunities for all Sherwood Githens Middle School students in accordance with their interests, abilities, and needs.  Service learning projects will be designed to maximize students' leadership skills and opportunities to encourage increased school and community engagement while, at the same time, preparing students as future leaders within their professions and their communities.


The mission of Sherwood Githens Middle School is to provide all students with a high quality education through community service, leadership development, social development, collaboration with parents and community members in an environment where their academic, social, and emotional needs are met in order for the students to reach their true potential, and enjoy a successful experience in higher education.


Academically/Intellectually Gifted student services include advanced classes, differentiated assignments, independent projects, a full-time AIG coordinator to assist teachers, and a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities.


Limited English Proficiency student services include three English as a Second Language Teachers, online resources to assist with language development, inclusion classes, differentiated assignments, and an acknowledgment of the impact diverse cultures has on the world, community, and school.


Exceptional Children student services include individualized education plans to meet the needs of individuals.  Each student has a case worker to assist with the unique educational needs. Githens has a full-time Exceptional Children’s Facilitator to assist parents, teachers, and students.


All students at Githens Middle School have access to the North Carolina Common Core Standards and Essential Standards through a variety of teaching methods.

Community Partnerships

  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Duke University
  • YMCA
  • REI
  • Wal-Mart
  • Redwood Group
  • Piedmont Wildlife
  • Chik-fil-A
  • Home Depot
  • Durham Food Bank
  • Durham Porch
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Durham Rescue Mission
  • Adopt a Highway
  • Summit Church
  • Resurrection Methodist Church
  • Panera
  • Red Robin
  • Moe’s Southwest Grille
  • Sam’s Club
  • Target
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • AC Moore
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont



State ABC Rating :

  • 2010-11: Expected Growth, Priority School (57.0%)
  • 2009-10: Expected Growth, Priority School (55.0%)
  • 2008-09: Did Not Meet Expectations, School of Priority (50.9%)

End-of-Grade/End-of-Course Test Scores

School Scorecard

NC School Report Card


From I-40 Westbound:

Take exit 273A for NC-54 W toward Chapel Hill. Merge onto NC-54. Turn right at Farrington Rd.Turn right at Old Chapel Hill Rd. Arrive at Sherwood Githens Middle School 4800 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707.

From I-85:

Head southeast on I-85 N/US-15 N/US-501 N toward Exit 176B. Take exit 176B for Duke St/US-501 N toward Roxboro. Merge onto N Duke St/US-501. Slight right onto the US-70 W/US-15 S/US-501 S/I-85 S ramp. Merge onto I-85 S/US-15 S/US-501 S. Take exit 174A on the left for US-501-BYP S/US-15-BYP S toward Chapel Hill/Hillsborough Rd. Merge onto US-15 S/US-501 S. Turn left at Garrett Rd. Turn right at Old Chapel Hill Rd. Arrive at Sherwood Githens Middle School 4800 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707.

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Improvement Plan

Improvement Plan