The School for Creative Studies


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

The School for Creative Studies is a small school established for grades 6-12 that operates on a year-round calendar. The school and classroom environments are collaborative in nature and designed to prepare students for a thriving creative economy. Please note that only grades 6-10 will be assigned for the 2014-2015 school year.

Features of the magnet school include:

  • Innovative classroom instruction that encourages the development of creativity and collaborative problem-solving skills
  • Program of study features a variety of options for students to customize their creative education. Coursework selections may include media and broadcasting, film making, documentary studies, writing and journalism, architecture, interior, or landscape design, graphic design and marketing, and other creative areas for which there is demand in the job market
  • Regular student interaction with creative and design experts from the community (Duke Center for Documentary Studies and local architects, for example) incorporated into the instructional program through visit, internships, classroom presentations and artists-in-resident programs

Lottery Priorities

Siblings Attending, Link Priority for 6th grade applicants from Holt and Easley, Siblings Applying Priorities. Applicants must rank The School for Creative Studies as their first choice to receive any of the priorities.

*Applicants must submit an application and rank their priority school as their first choice to be considered for any priority through the lottery process.

*Please note that there is no guarantee of assignment for either sibling priorities, or link priority, as seats must be available at the grade level(s) requested.

Please see FAQs for priority definitions and explanations.


District wide - Modified stops, Group stops, Pathway Model stops.

Current Express Bus Stop Locations

City of Medicine Academy

Pearsontown Elementary

Parkwood Elementary

Lowes Grove Middle

Hillside High

Jordan High

Githens Middle

Rogers Herr Middle

Eastway Elementary

Shepard Middle

Burton Elementary

Holton Resource Center

Hillandale Elementary

Lakeview School


Brogden Middle

Staff Development Center

Merrick Moore Elementary

Neal Middle

Southern High

Spring Valley Elementary

Riverside High


SCS does not offer competitive sports other than our cycling program. This policy also applies to other activities such as marching band.