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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 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
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....

Middle School Students Get a Living History Lesson
6/9/2014
On Monday, June 2, the Middle School gathered at a special assembly featuring Stephan Lewy, who, with his family, was able to escape from the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930s....

Derryfield Teaching Fellowship Program Finishes a Successful Pilot Year
6/6/2014
Derryfield’s new Strategic Plan calls on the School to “Lead” - to become a regional leader in educational excellence and innovation. The creation of a teaching fellowship program to, in the words of Head of School Mary Carter, “raise up the next generation of educators,” is one of the central tasks to achieving this goal....
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