About YE Smith

  • Principal:  Dr. Joi Gibson-Robinson

    Assistant Principal: Lisa B. Smith

    Address:  2410 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27703
    Phone:  919-560-3900
    Email Address: yesmithelementaryschool@gmail.com 
    Hours of Operation:  7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. 
    Enrollment:  310

    Welcome to Y.E. Smith Elementary Museum School!  Here at Smith, our goal 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-themed school. Our Museum Partners include:  The Durham History Hub, The Nasher Art Museum, Duke Gardens, Ackland Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and The Museum of Life and Science.  

    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 "Every scholar, every day, thriving in every way." We would love for you to become part of our success.

    Y.E. Smith Museum Elementary School,

    where teachers and students work side-by-side,

    doing our best with Tiger PRIDE.

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