About Sandy Ridge

  • Principal: Lanisha Hinton
    Address : 1417 Old Oxford Rd., 27704
    Phone : (919) 560-2695 Fax: (919) 595-4222
    Hours of Operation : 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
    Enrollment : 579


    Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School

    Since the beginning of time, the arts have been a staple among people of all societies. Durham is no different. Our town places high value on the arts and recognizes their importance in educating the whole child.  Sandy Ridge opened in August 2011 as a visual and performing arts magnet school. This elementary school centers on teaching and learning – providing strong instruction in the core curriculum, but with a focus on the visual and performing arts.

    Sandy Ridge features numerous arts-related learning activities to enhance the educational experience:

    • Multiple choral music and theater performances annually
    • Multiple art gallery walks annually
    • Regularly scheduled residencies with visiting professionals and artists
    • Regularly scheduled art-focused field trips
    • Daily enrichment classes allowing students to receive both foundational skill instruction, as well as integrated enrichment that brings the arts into the content areas
    • Music, Visual Arts, Dance, and Theater instruction for all students
    • Extra-curricular activities – clubs, field trips, summer camp opportunities


    Curriculum Integration

    While Sandy Ridge is known for its active and dynamic arts program, it is important to note that the core subjects of Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts are studied and measured with high expectations. By integrating the arts into every other curricular area students can experience a greater depth of understanding of the subject matter.

    The Common Core Standards are designed to improve educational outcomes for students by developing a set of common, voluntary, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in mathematics and English language arts. These standards were implemented in the Fall of 2012. For more information, please visit: http://www.pta.org/4446.htm


    Mission Statement

    We are the future, growing and learning through creative expression, healthful choices, and the celebration of diversity at our school and in our community.


    Significant Building Features

    95,000 SF elementary school with a student capacity of 640.

    The project is registered with the US Green Building Council for LEED Gold Certification.  Some of the sustainable features include:

    1. Light colored concrete at the bus driveway and parking area, and a light colored reflective roof finish reduce the heat island effect of this facility.
    2. The two-story classroom wing for grades 2 through 5 reduced the overall site disturbance area.
    3. Grass pavers reduce impervious area to improve the quality of water run-off from the site.
    4. The building envelope achieves the highest insulation value that reduces the size of mechanical equipment, and along with lighting and building automation controls, reduces overall energy consumption when compared with other schools of this size.
    5. Each classroom has optimal natural daylighting and views to the outside.

    The site includes several nature trails intended to support learning opportunities about natural resources and preservation of plant species.  The site is directly adjacent to conservation land managed by the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  The smooth coneflower, an endangered plant, is protected on this site.

    Interactive projection systems are provided in each classroom and in a computer lab.

    Because the site was formerly a tobacco farm with several building foundations remaining on the property, the building massing and design uses barn vernacular for inspiration (gable roof form, 'lean-to' canopies and field stone base) as its primary elements of design.