Derby Academy

Tel: (781)749-0746
Grades: PK-8 | 335 students
Founded in 1784, Derby Academy is a coeducational, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school that nurtures the development of the child by providing opportunities for the maximum intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each student.
Founded in 1784, Derby Academy is a coeducational, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school that nurtures the development of the child by providing opportunities for the maximum intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each student.
Derby Academy is a unique learning community that is steeped in traditional values and committed to integrating effective and proven teaching methods with the most innovative approaches to learning. The school's educational philosophy is as valid for the rigors of the 21st century as it was at its founding in the 1700's: Improve both mind and heart.
Derby Academy prides itself on offering a well-balanced program. Athletics, along with academics and arts, are a vital component of daily life. Derby has 21 interscholastic teams encompassing 11 sports. In the winter, Derby also offers Sports Training and Yoga/Pilates; two non-competitive alternatives.
Our dedicated faculty inspires students to discover the joy of intellectual curiosity, mastery of learning skills and service to the community. Students are also guided toward an awakening sense of personal responsibility in order to prepare them to make ethical and mindful contributions in an increasingly interdependent world.
Derby Academy places equal emphasis on building a strong academic foundation for success and on developing strength of character. Derby graduates are notable for their readiness to do well in secondary school and college and for the personal character strengths they take with them into adult life.
Performing Arts at Derby help children build essential aptitudes including collaboration, self-confidence, poise, teamwork, patience, and dedication. Students benefit from performance opportunities, as well as expert instruction in choreography and technical areas.
State-of-the-art facilities, like the Healey Family Center for Innovation, provide an open, flexible, richly equipped space for critical thinking, creative production and analytical experiences that integrate with studies and enhance classroom activities at all grade levels.
Derby Academy is a school in which strong interpersonal relationships and rigorous programs work together to ensure that children flourish. We value personal responsibility, civility, collaboration and good sportsmanship while fostering diverse relationships between teachers and students, and the partnership between the School and parents.
Derby is well-established and well-recognized as a leader in independent school education on the South Shore.
Our priority is a well-balanced education and our approach is traditional.
Our small class sizes allow us to personalize each student's education. Teachers get to know their students well, not just in the classroom but also as they engage in the arts, in athletics, and in a wide range of activities where every child is encouraged and expected to participate.
The faculty views each student as an individual with special talents, interests, learning style, and developmental needs.
Teachers strive to reinforce and recognize each child's accomplishments and to help him or her learn from the total school experience, both successes and disappointments.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1784

Student Body

Total Students 335 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Derby Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 8 / rolling
Tuition Notes Comprehensive tuition is by grade level. The range is $10,050 for Prekindergarten to $31,725 for Grade 8.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $17,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Scot Chandler
Admissions Associate Nicole B. Carnes


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Various bands and choruses, World Awareness Group Various bands and choruses,
World Awareness Group,
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