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Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary

Welcome to Sandy Ridge!

We are a visual and performing arts magnet elementary school.


The application period for 2014-2015 has passed. Notification letters were mailed from the Office of Student Assignment to all applicants at the end of February. Tours have concluded for this school year. If your child is offered a seat in the lottery, you will have an opportunity to visit the school prior to registration. For more information, please contact Carolyn Allen (919) 560-2695 ext. 69057.

Was your child offered a seat in the lottery for the 2014-2015 school year? Please contact Michelle McAlexander or (919) 560-2695 ext 69038 to schedule an appointment to register your child prior to the deadline on your acceptance letter.

More information about DPS Magnet Schools can be found HERE.


For more information about Durham County's NC Pre-K Program or Head Start, click HERE.

makeup daysClick HERE for 2013-2014 Makeup Days.

(Updated 3/31/14)

We Want Your Feedback - Now through April 23

We need you, but Durham children need you more.

On Saturday, May 3, join hundreds of Durham volunteers at Brogden Middle School for the Durham Public Schools Literacy Summit. Register now and reenergize your efforts in helping elementary students become strong readers and writers.

We want you to be there. As a result of the state's new Read to Achieve law, thousands of third graders in Durham and across the state are expected to attend a summer Literacy Camp. Join us and learn what we can do as volunteers to help our children improve their reading skills.

We need to work together. Come and learn the Big 6 literacy strategies and walk away from the Summit with the tools and inspiration needed to support a child!

Will you join us?

Click HERE for more information. Lunch and childcare will be provided.

2013-2014 Sandy Ridge Teacher of the Year and IA of the Year Announced!

Congratulations to Simone Brackett, Teacher of the Year!Simone Bracket

Domonica LangleyCongratulations to Domonica Langley, IA of the Year!

Kindergarten Welcome


Please take a moment to review the information found HERE regarding school policies and procedures. If you have any questions, please call the office at (919) 560-2695.


Cash in your "STARBUCKS" for cool prizes and supplies at the Sandy Ridge STAR Store! Browse the store HERE and ask your teacher for an order form.

Uhuru Child

Uhuru Child Schools For Schools

Schools For Schools (S4S) is a unique one and a half week program designed to partner schools in the United States with schools in the developing world. Benefits of partnering with Uhuru Child include increasing global awareness, building relationships with international students via video chat, raising funds for education, achieving curriculum standards and visiting their partner school in Kenya.

Sandy Ridge will be hosting a Walk-a-Thon fundraiser for this program in September 2014. We are currently in the process of seeking individual and business sponsors to help us procure t-shirts for the Walk-a-Thon. Learn more about how you can help HERE.

Birthday Books

Celebrate your child's birthday, a wonderful teacher, or any special occasion with a gift that all the children at Sandy Ridge can enjoy... A BOOK! Learn more HERE.

School Garden

Ms. Neil has received a grant through the American Heart Association in partnership with Quintiles for a school garden. The grant provides the materials for every grade level to have their own garden plot. Check Upcoming Events below for garden prep and planting days. Please call or email Ms. Neil (919) 560-2695 ext 69119 if you are interested in serving on the garden committee or volunteering your gardening expertise.

Sandy Ridge T-shirts Available NOW!

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Sandy Ridge T-shirts are available now for $10 each! To place an order, please send a sealed envelope with cash or checks made payable to Sandy Ridge PTA or order online HERE (online/credit card payments are charged a $0.50 convenience fee). Brought to you by the Sandy Ridge PTA.

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Music Lessons

Is your child interested in taking music lessons before or after school? For more information, please complete THIS FORM and return it in your child's folder or send it to Mrs. Allen




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Is your child interested in taking after school visual arts lessons in a small group setting? If so, please fill out THIS form and return it to your child's teacher. Lesson price is $90 per quarter. Please see form for additional information.



Rags to Riches Creative Dramatics Classes

Join Rags to Riches theatre for young audiences for Creative Drama classes after school! For more information, click HERE. Classes will begin January 27.


Upcoming Events


14-18 - Spring Break

24 - 6pm General PTA Meeting/Math Night


1 - 3-5 Field Day

2 - K-2 Field Day

3 - 8:30am-1pm DPS Literacy Summit/9:30-10:30am 1-3 Chorus

5 - Field Day Rain Date

6 - Progress Reports Distributed

7 - 4-9pm Dinner with Ms. Calhoun at Moes!

10 - 9:30-10:30am 1-3 Chorus

14 - 8am PTA Board Meeting

15 - 6:30pm 4th Grade Dance Performance with 4-5 Chorus

19 - Garden Harvest Day

21 - 6:30pm Violin Recital (Students of Ms. Bynum)

23 - Garden Harvest Day (Rain Date)

26 - Memorial Day Holiday (no school)

27-June 6 - End of Grade Exams (grades 3-5)

29 - 5:45pm  Piano Recital Dress Rehearsal (Students of Ms. Anderson)

30 - 6pm Piano Recital (Students of Ms. Spencer)


2-6 - BOGO (Buy one get one) Book Fair event

3 - 6:30pm Piano Recital (Students of Ms. Anderson)

6 - Kindergarten Fun Day

12 - 1:45pm Early Release / Last Day of School / Report Cards Distributed


Find this month's lunch menu and pay on your child's lunch account HERE.




Healthy Schools Bronze Award


Healthy Schools Award

The Healthy Schools Program works to create healthier school environments by promoting physical activity and healthy eating across the school--in classrooms, cafeterias, playgrounds, and gym. Our school applied for the Bronze Level Award in April 2013 and received the award by meeting various criterion. Ms. Neil will be receiving the award on September 30 for the school. Learn more at

DPS instituted a new Wellness Policy effective January 1, 2013. Read more about it HERE and HERE.








Artsonia is the largest student art museum in the world! Every child can have an online art gallery and preserve their masterpieces for all time!

If you would like your child to have a portfolio on Artsonia that you can access anytime, download digital images of their art, order personalized products, and leave comments to boost their self esteem, please turn in a permission slip to Ms. Breckenridge. (Forms in Spanish available HERE.)


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We are the Sandy Ridge STARS!

S - Show self-control

T - Try your best

A - Accept responsibility

R - Respect yourself and others

S - Show kindness

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1417 Old Oxford Rd

Durham, NC 27704

Video Tour

Watch the construction of Sandy Ridge and hear about features of the building and the curriculum.

Click here to watch the video