School brings a sense of normalcy to the lives of our students and their families. Going to school takes a student's mind off medical issues and supports social and emotional health. It provides a distraction from procedures that may be frightening and sometimes painful. Sometimes parents attend school with their child, but school time may also provide an opportunity for parents to take a break.

    Attending school in the hospital gives students a sense of control. Even when medical issues seem overwhelming, maintaining schedules and succeeding in school is possible. 

    Here are some frequently asked questions:

    How does it work?

    Parents or medical staff may contact the Hospital School and request services. Children who are 3 years-old through 12th grade who are hospital patients (including outpatient) may attend. Instruction can take place in the hospital classroom, bedside, or other locations within the hospital.

    Are the teachers real teachers?

    Absolutely! The teachers hold valid certification through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

    Will I have to stay all day? 

    No. School is always modified to fit the child's needs. You'll be working one-on-one with a teacher, so the student and teacher will set up a schedule that is flexible and best suited for the child's needs.

    How will you know my assignments?

    The hospital teacher will contact someone at your school and gather assignments for you. If this is a pre-planned admission, consider bringing the assignments with you. We'll try to work on the same assignments that your class is completing. The Hospital School teacher can also provide books, educational games, science experiments, and more to make the school time fun and engaging, even when you're not feeling up for doing tradtional school work.  

    Will I still be a student at my home school?

    Yes! You will be served at the Hospital School but remain an active, enrolled student at your home school.

    Can I receive attendance credit?

    Yes. Upon discharge, our teachers will submit documentation to your school of the dates you were here and your services.

    Do I have to be a student in Durham County to go to the hospital school?

    No. Some of our students are from Durham, but we serve students from all over NC and from outside the state and outside the country!


    The Hospital School is supported jointly by Durham Public Schools and Duke Medical Center. For more information, call Julie Morin at the Hospital School, 919.684.5684.