Contact AAD

Please call for an appointment before visiting. Class is in session almost all of the time and we prefer that students not be disrupted while working, so no walk-ins please.

Our Classroom is located at:

South Bank Building
400 West Main St., Suite 103
Durham, NC 27701

Our Mailing Address is:

The Achievement Academy of Durham
400 West Main Street, Suite 103
Durham NC 27701

Our Staff:

Executive Director Gayle Erdheim:
Head of School Kate Blake:
Case Manager Elizabeth Oates:
Accounts Manager Dwight Bunce:


Tom Prescott:

Our Board of Directors

Abby Parcell (chair)
Stephanie Barnes-Simms
Darryl Childers
Abigail Cohen
Jamie Cole
Clay Harris
Dan Oldman
Jane Wettach


Patrick's Story

Patrick enrolled in the Achievement Academy’s Starting Points program in August 2011. Almost twenty-one years of age and having dropped out in the 11th grade, Pat was reading at a fifth grade proficiency level when he joined our program and was confounding his grandparents with behavior that often seemed immature. With three months of intensive tutoring, Pat’s basic reading proficiency was at a high school level, but we could tell he was having difficulty with the sort of higher level interpretive tasks that appear on the GED. We guessed that some of the confusing behaviors he displayed might also have something to do with his difficulty with interpretation, so we addressed that together alongside his academic instruction.


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