Welcome to Durham Public Schools! The Student Assignment office can provide you with your student's base school assignment determined by your domicile (where you currently live) in Durham, outline the registration process and assist you with questions about magnet schools, walk zones and other common topics.
DPS offers a variety of choices to suit nearly every kind of student. We offer traditional calendar schools, Montessori schools, magnet schools with special programming, magnet schools with a year round calendar and CTE pathways programs. Some of our high schools are aligned with the area colleges and universities and share courses.
Parents of students with special needs who were previously enrolled in a separate setting /self-contained class should report to The Office of Student Assignment with their student’s current Individual Education Plan (IEP). The Office of Student Assignment will notify the Exceptional Children’s Department for next steps of enrollment.
First Step: Eligibility
To enter kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before August 31. Older students must be under age 21 on the first day of school to enroll. Students who are under suspension or expulsion from a private or public school and students who have already graduated from high school are not eligible.
Second Step: Identify and Contact your School
Figure out which school is your base school using the School Locator tool, or call 919-560-2059. You can learn what school is your home assignment and if your child is in a magnet assignment zone. Learn more about the magnet school process here.
Third Step: Registration
After you determine to which school your child is assigned, visit that school to complete/submit a registration packet. That is also a great time to tour the school and get to know it a little better!
Is your child getting ready to enter kindergarten? Visit our Kindergarten Information page for information specific to our newest students.
For students in grades one through 12, visit this page for more information.
In November 19, 2016, Captain Pete M. Borquez was assigned as the Metro Central District Commander. Captain Borquez has served twenty-nine years with AZDPS and has held a variety of positions in the Highway Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and the Technical Services Division throughout the state. Captain Borquez has spent the majority of his career in the Criminal Investigations Division.
Borquez was promoted to Captain in 2004 and is the Metro Central District Commander. He began his law enforcement career in 1987 as a AZDPS trooper. His first duty station was in the Phoenix metro area. As a trooper, Captain Borquez has held assignments in Patrol, Motors, Governor’s Security Detail, and has served as the Departments Public Information Officer. He also served as the Intelligence Commander at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC), which is a multi-agency intelligence fusion center and as the Supervisor in the Special Investigation Unit. In addition, Borquez served for approximately three years as the full-time SWAT Commander and has 10 years of total SWAT experience.
Captain Borquez was assigned as the NFL Field Commander for the Arizona Cardinals for 10 years establishing the model for the NFL’s field security. Captain Borquez has been the field Commander for two Super Bowls and numerous National College Championships. In 1998, Captain Borquez was promoted to sergeant and assigned to District 6 Casa Grande in Patrol. Other assignments were with the State Gang Task Force and SWAT.
Captain Borquez received a Meritorious medal for the capture of a gang member who shot a Phoenix P.D. Gang Detective. Captain Borquez was recognized for his role in the surrender of two inmates during the 15-day Lewis Prison standoff. He has received three Director’s Unit Citations Awards.
Captain Borquez is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) Command program. Captain Borquez is a US Army veteran, having served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and U.S. Special Operations. Captain Borquez served six years’ active duty and twenty years in the Army Reserves.