Derby Academy

Derby Academy Photo #1 - 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 Photo #2 - 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 Photo #3 - 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.
Derby Academy Photo #4 - 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 Photo #5 - 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.
Derby Academy Photo #6 - 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.
Derby Academy Photo #7 - 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 Photo #8 - 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1784

Student Body

Total Students300 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Derby Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesComprehensive tuition is by grade level. The range is $11,595 for Prekindergarten to $36,935 for Grade 8.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$17,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorNicole Carnes
Admissions AssociateJulie McOsker
Endowment Size$12.1 million


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Model UN, World Awareness Group

Arts and Music Programs:
Various bands and choruses

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Club, Rowing Club, Rugby Club, Tennis Club, Yoga Club

School Notes

  • Derby is well-established and well-recognized as a leader in independent school education on the South Shore. Our motto, "Improve Both Mind and Heart" says it all. Following the PK-8th grade model, we focus on the critical foundational years and build confidence in children as they expand their minds and hearts to take on life both during and after their Derby years. We truly believe that to prepare the global, productive citizens that we all want our children to become, we must focus on both the mind through academics, innovation and creativity and the heart through service, kindness and character building. Our program is age-specific and geared to develop all of these areas in each of our students.

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