Derby Academy

Founded in 1784, Derby Academy is a leader on the South Shore because its students are leaders. From Pre-K to eighth grade, dedicated faculty inspire girls and boys to love learning, take joy in service, and strive for excellence. This is how, for three centuries, Derby has stayed true to its mission—to improve both mind and heart.

Beginning in primary and lower school, students are engaged through structured play and project-based learning with International Primary Curriculum units. This, combined with Responsive Classroom social curriculum, places equal importance on both what students learn and how they learn. In middle and upper school, faculty advisors, peer mentors, and outdoor education encourage teamwork and positive communication with adults and classmates. Course options that include engineering design, foreign language, visual arts, and public speaking prepare older students to be dynamic and successful secondary school leaders.

Derby also leads the way in technology—its Healey Family Center for Innovation, state-of-the-art science labs, and 1:1 MacBook Air program keep classrooms at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of 21st century education. Visit the 27-acre campus today to see if Derby is right for your family. For more information, visit

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