About YE Smith

  • Principal:  Dr. Joi Gibson-Robinson

    Assistant Principal: Tiffany Boss

    Address:  2410 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27703
    Phone:  919-560-3900
    Hours of Operation:  8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 
    Enrollment:  366

    Welcome to Y.E. Smith Elementary Museum School!  Here at Smith, our mission is to foster a caring and supportive learning environment that promotes high expectations, active student participation, parental involvement, and the development of the whole child in order to increase student achievement and to enable all children to be 21st century, global learners.

    Y.E. Smith is unique because it is a museum theme school. Museums are partnered by grade level to guarantee that our students have had meaningful experiences at all local museums by the end of their elementary school career. Our Museum Partners include:  The Durham History Hub (Kindergarten), The Nasher Art Museum (1st grade), Duke Gardens (2nd grade), Ackland Museum (3rd grade), The North Carolina Museum of Art (4th grade), and The Museum of Life and Science (5th grade).  

    Y.E. Smith is a uniform school.  This means that students wear uniforms to school daily, with the exception of the last Friday of each month.  The last Friday of the month is College Friday, where students and teachers are permitted to wear college attire.

    There are many great things happening at Y.E. Smith.  We encourage you to come for a visit and see for yourself.  Our school motto is "Academics! Achievement!  Accountability!"  We would love for you to be a part of our success!