The Derryfield School always felt “safe,” which allowed me to take academic and extracurricular risks. It was a place where I felt known and appreciated for who I was, and that was celebrated by faculty and students alike through tons of school spirit. I learned a good deal of grammar, I learned how to think critically and write thoughtfully, and I learned to embrace (and enjoy!) different perspectives. I also learned for the first time that I loved playing competitive sports!
After attending our middle school retreats, we knew that we were joining a community where we would be permanent residents - a community where the faculty truly cared about us and challenged us to think independently. From the start, we were encouraged to discover and pursue our passions.
Walking into Derryfield on the first day of classes made me nervous - that is, until I entered Mr. Coogan’s English class. He addressed me as Miss Pappas and talked about Poopsie warbling. At that moment, I realized that my teachers would challenge me to think for myself and draw my own conclusions.
My life at Derryfield began in eighth grade. The small class sizes and dynamic Mr. Keiner are two of my more vivid memories of my DS experience. Although I would be challenged, I always felt as though it was in incredibly supportive and collaborative ways.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.