Healthy Start Academy
807 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

Phone: (919) 956-5599
Fax: (919) 688-9027

Regular Office Hours
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

School Hours
8:15 AM - 3:15 PM


Welcome to Healthy Start Academy – the first tuition-free public charter school established in North Carolina.  Since opening its doors in 1997, Healthy Start Academy has served the Research Triangle as a leader in school choice education.  Browse our website to find out more about the Academy and how we achieve our Mission.

Healthy Start Academy welcomes K-8 students.

We promote and encourage parental involvement.
We provide teachers with the tools and resources to be innovative.
We expect students to come to school ready to learn and achieve.

We believe…

Students should experience education in a safe and structured academic environment.
Students should value learning and be respectful, responsible, and accountable for their actions.
The faculty and staff should promote support, fairness, consistency, and continuous improvement.
School should challenge students in ways that promote quality performance, critical thinking, and
       problem solving skills that will enable them to thrive in the global society of the 21st century.

News & Events

September 7: Labor Day-No School
September 8: PTO Meeting 6:00pm

Volleyball Tryouts will be held Monday, August 31st at 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Sport Physical forms are due by August 31st. All participants must have a completed physical form on file in order to participate. For more information, please contact Coach Magun Lacson, Athletic Director, at (919) 956-5599.

Parent Corner


The school supply list for every student (K-8) for the 2015-2016 school year will be one bookbag and one 1" three ring binder.  All other school supplies will be supplied by the Academy.  That's right!  Your child only needs a bookbag and binder.  In turn, your investment is to ensure that your child arrives on time to school each day.

Introducing Netflix Academy 2.0

Building children's content knowledge sets them up for reading success and understanding new ideas. Even in a world overrun by pop culture, parents can introduce integral content to their young children via educational videos. Explore Netflix Academy, a new interactive website, inspired by the work of E. D. Hirsch, Jr. and created by the Fordham Institute's Michael J. Petrilli.

Get started on the educational voyage with your kids, with topics ranging from Ancient Greece to Space Exploration. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to study alongside their students in the comfort of their home, we look forward to seeing the results!

Parents! Be sure to check out the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books of 2014! It's never too early, or too late, to help your children love reading and this list is a great place to start!


From the Principal:
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

WOW! What a wonderful first four days of school! Students entered the building on August 24 full of excitement and enthusiasm, ready for the new school year. Our faculty and staff welcomed each and every child in their classroom, ready to teach academic lessons full of rigor. It’s a New Year.... EXPECT GREAT THINGS!  Go Lions!

Board Updates

Meet the Board 

Board Archive
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