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


Derrick's Story

Derrick dropped out of high school at age 20 after being told he wouldn’t graduate by 21. He came to AAD last year with his grandparents – soft spoken, impeccably dressed, and anxious about trying school again. Shyly, he shared his dream of going to college and becoming a federal investigator. With his history of court involvement, he knew this might not be possible. But Derrick’s dreams and actions are often hard to reconcile.


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