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Lowes Grove Magnet Middle School - STEM School of Technology


Principal: Darneise Massey
Address: 4418 South Alston Avenue Durham NC 27713
Phone: 919-560-3946
Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 2:20 pm
Enrollment : 635
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Lowe's Grove Middle School provides a comprehensive program that embraces the middle school philosophy. We provide a nurturing environment that prepares students for the transition from middle to high school. Students are given the opportunity to explore various curricula in vocational and extended core classes. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging environment where all children learn and whose graduates are capable of achieving a balance between their self-actualization and their functioning as a valued member of society.

We envision Lowe's Grove as a place where students want to come everyday, where parents want to send their children everyday, and where teachers want to come everyday.


Lowe's Grove provides a comprehensive instructional program that meets the needs of our diverse student population. Through the team approach we provide ability grouping in language arts and math. We use the interdisciplinary approach to incorporate extended core classes with academics (language arts, math, science, and social studies).

Our After-School Program provides structured activities as well as remediation in reading and math for students in all three grade levels. Under the supervision of our after-school staff, our students are provided with opportunities that will help them grow socially, emotionally, and academically.

The overall instructional program emphasizes the goal of improving student performance.

Services for Academically/Intellectually Gifted Students

The Academically/Intellectually Gifted classes at Lowe's Grove are set up with pull-out programs for grades 6-8 in Language Arts. The 6th grade classes also use some cluster grouping within non pull-out classes. We also offer advanced math to all three grades and students may take Algebra I and Geometry.

Community Involvement

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

  • Durham Housing Authority
  • McDougald Terrace Community Center
  • Glaxo Wellcome Inc.
  • Environmental Protection Agency


State ABC Rating :

  • 2010-11: Expected Growth, School of Priority (54.1%)
  • 2009-10: 2007-08: Expected Growth Not Met, Low Performing (47.7%)
  • 2008-09: Expected Growth Not Met, School of Priority (42.7%)

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

School Scorecard

NC School Report Card


From I-40:

Take NC 55 exit. Turn Right onto 55. Turn Left onto 54. Turn Left onto S. Alston Avenue.

From I-85:

Take NC 55 East Exit. Keep Left at the fork in the ramp. Turn Left onto Avondale Dr. Turn Right onto E. Geer Street. Go about 5 miles and turn Left onto NC 55. Turn slight Left onto Cornwallis Road. Turn Slight Right onto S. Alston Ave.

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Improvement Plan

Improvement Plan