Derby Academy

Grades: Pre-K - 8
Type: Day
Gender: Coed


Founded in 1784 and one of the oldest co-educational day schools in the country, Derby Academy continues to be one of the best educational choices on Boston’s South Shore. Serving students in pre-K through grade 8, Derby’s rigorous academic programs and robust offerings in the arts, athletics, STEM, global citizenship, and service learning prepare its graduates for the most competitive independent schools in New England.

The school emphasizes the development of strong moral character and personal responsibility in all its students, building upon its motto of “Improve Both Mind and Heart.” Derby’s faculty are talented, passionate educators who guide students as academic advisors, athletic coaches, and club mentors. Signature programs at Derby Academy include Model UN; interscholastic rugby; lab science; a STEM/MakerSpace; foreign language curriculums; personalized secondary school placement counseling; public speaking; performance and stagecraft opportunities in a professional theater facility; winter term electives; and rowing and golf programs.

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Teaching Philosophy

A Derby education is built upon the connection between teachers and students. When a child feels known, supported and respected, he/she can meet their academic potential. Moreover, a Derby education provides a foundation of fundamental skills upon which teachers create a classroom environment where curiosity, intellectual challenge, critical thinking, compassion and problem solving occur on a daily basis. Graduates of Derby Academy are globally minded lifelong learners who understand the ways their education has prepared them to be positive members of society.

Mission Statement

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. Our dedicated faculty inspire 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.