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Our Best for Your Best. That's the Derryfield promise. It's realized every day through small, engaged classes taught by dynamic, dedicated teachers. In Derryfield classrooms, students feel safe to take intellectual risks, and what happens in the classroom is only the beginning. For example, Derryfield's active style of learning brings Middle School science students out to the woods to track animal prints in the snow. It sends Upper School language students to Manchester's Hispanic communities for service learning. It encourages our seniors to complete an Independent Senior Projects that take them, in some cases, all over the world!

Our Middle School Academic Programs combine a seriousness of purpose with a sense of fun and love of learning. Our Upper School Academic Programs result in a 100 percent acceptance rate at four-year colleges for graduates. The fact is, Derryfield is committed to fostering the best intellectual development and the best educational outcomes for all students.

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Academic News
Demystifying Academic Review
11/19/2014
It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving. There are no students on campus. As I walk down an otherwise quiet Upper School hall, I can hear the murmur of voices up ahead. Unlike a normal school day, when the sounds of busy classrooms surround you, on this day, they come from only one room. I reach the room and, looking in, I see one of the sights that make Derryfield such a special place - academic review....

A Diplomatic Lesson: Eighth Graders and the United Nations
11/19/2014
For the past two Wednesdays, Derryfield’s eighth graders got a practical lesson in diplomacy, when Caitlin Moore, from the United Nations Association, came to Derryfield to lead a mini-Model UN, for Laura Russell’s World Justice classes.


Derryfield Establishes Partnership with Northeastern University
8/24/2014
In the fall of 2013, Derryfield alumna Mya Mangawang ’91, currently the Associate Dean of Academics and Faculty Affairs at Northeastern University, began conversations with Head of School Mary Carter about ways in which Derryfield and Northeastern could work together. Northeastern’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) was looking for a school with which to pilot a program to allow teaching professionals to further their education on a completely online basis....

Franky Barradale '15 Wins Statewide Student Poetry Contest
7/11/2014
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) announced the winners of its 2014 Student Poetry Contests and Franky Barradale ‘15 won First Place in the Senior Division. PSNH, in partnership with the NH Council of Teachers of English (NHCTE) holds the contest each year. Winning submissions are published in the Society’s quarterly literary journal, The Poets’ Touchstone. Franky’s poem, Calculus, combines poetry with mathematics in a gently humorous way, using mathematical terms to describe a personal relationship....

June Institute Addresses New Technology and New Teaching
7/2/2014
Every year, when the last student has left the building, the Derryfield faculty gathers for the “June Institute,” two days of professional development workshops. In previous years, experts from outside the school have come to lead the sessions, but for the past two years members of our own faculty have led, addressing issues pertinent to Derryfield....
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