School Details

The School For Creative Studies

5001 Red Mill Road, Durham, NC 27704
(919) 560-3535

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-7, 9 166 students 10 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Durham Public Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

The School For Creative Studies is a public middle school in Durham. The principal of The School For Creative Studies is Renee Price and can be contacted at 166 children attend The School For Creative Studies and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 86% of the 166 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at The School For Creative Studies is 10:1. Gorman Christian Academy & Early Learning Center is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 59% 51%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 19%
Hispanic 32% 24%
Multiracial 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Asian 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 66%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Chewning is now officially the School For Creative Studies a school that honestly breaks the barrier between every other school I have attended.The second I heard about SCS I just knew this is where I wanted to be. The teachers her are far more than excellent I just have to say that. First the core teachers are kind of in the mix. Some are "strict" some are "perfect." The strict teachers aren't really all that strict they are just a little strict if you choose to disobey the rules talk out in class and choose not to listen in class. The elective teachers are amazing again if you choose to talk out in class and disobey rules they'll be upset naturally. When it comes down to it all the teachers are fantastic they truly care. The only bad thing about the school doesn't come from the teachers it comes from the students. There are just some students who just don't care. They don't care if they get bad grades they could care less and they play games instead of doing work. Fortunately there is only a small number of those students. A lot of these students are above average some average and some inbetween. I appreciate the diversity at SCS and how the teachers care.

  • (9 months ago)

    my child has gotten into 7 fights in this school she has a total of 56 missed day please dont enroll your child is a lot of drama its awful hardly no work comes home the teachers are mean and a lot of bullying has been going on and with bullying comes kids committing suicide sad worst school ever

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is the best in the county best teachers in the world like Mr. Allen and Mr. Nydick. -Christion Wilson

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is awful. My child has been going to this school for 1 year and during ths year and I am doing my best to see the he never has to attend there again for then next school term. The teachers are awful hardly any homework comes home you can never get in touch with teachers. I have left message after message email after email to no avail. To top everything off Lakeview school was housed there and what don't the parents have any say in this matter? I really hate this school and will never recommend it to anyone I know.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have removed my child from the school for the 2010-2011 school year because of the school's inabilty to retain teachers and because Lakeview School was housed on the site without parent knowledge or approval. I could not get any answer as to why that happened.

  • (4 years ago)

    I do not recommend Chewning to any parent! That's just not a school to put any child in. I enrolled my daughter to Chewning and we have had bad experiences!! We were so happy once she graduated 8th grade!!! Now she goes to Kastral Heights and we love it

  • (5 years ago)

    I Am A Eighth Grader! I Love Chewning I've Been There since the Sixth Grade! All of the teachers are well educated and know what there doing! They Might Be Strickt but thats what u want! And All Of The Students Are Taught and Leave The School With Great Respect! GO CARDINALS!

  • (5 years ago)

    Pretty sad school. I enrolled my son here on a Monday after transferring from out of state and after four days of classes he had received one small homework assignment from all of his classes after four days. I requested a copy of his books and was told it took a week for a student to receive their home copies. As to why it would take a week for one new student to get actual copies of the books they are using is beyond me. When I ask about why the schools state examination grades had fallen so drastically in the past 2-3 years I was simply told the state made the exam harder. Don't bs me. If it made the exam harder then good but teachers also are told what to expect from these exams and should prepare the students to pass them.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am in the 7th grade and i goto Chewning (Go Cardinals Yay) and honestly I love the school the teachers are amazing and they are so cool. But mainly the teachers focus on doing their job so that the students get the best education that they possibly could get. And as for the elective teachers go they are all really cool and know how to make their students really be interrested in what they are learning (even in gym class!). And as for safety goes Chewning always has atleast two deputies in or around the school at all times. Chewning really is a wonderful and great school!! (Oh Yeah and the teachers really do understand any problems that they're students are having and will always help if they're asked or needed to! and all of the principals take part around the school every day!)

  • (10 years ago)

    Chewning could be a wonderful shcool if the principal and staff would treat all childrens the same and stop the sterotyping against the kids. I know there are some bad kids in the schools and some parents are hard to deal with but don't take it out on the kids lets try to help the kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    The year-round program was excellant! I absolutly loved it however could not imigine being in tradtional. They were not nearly as good!

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