Growth on Campus
The next two years will have the campus buzzing with activity. During the summer we broke ground for the Athletic & Wellness Center, this spring we’ll be finishing the tennis courts across the street, and in March of 2019 (after basketball season) we will start the transformation of the current gym into the Science & Innovation Center.
These initiatives comprise the Thinking Forward Campaign, an $8.3 million comprehensive campaign which has raised $5.3 million to date. This campaign is the first step in the realization of the Master Facilities Plan and our Strategic Plan. Together these expansions provide a pathway for Derryfield’s growth, focus, and vision for the future.
Derryfield’s educational programs and student population no longer fit a campus that was designed over 50 years ago for a student body of 150. Now with nearly 400 students and faculty and staff of 120, Derryfield is bursting at the seams. We desperately need new academic space, science labs, collaborative spaces, and a new and much larger home for our indoor athletics, fitness, wellness, and dance programs. Working together, the administration and Board of Trustees reached the conclusion that Derryfield must seek substantial new capital to move the school forward. Our Thinking Forward campaign is a fundraising initiative that will meet our programmatic and facilities requirements, advancing Derryfield’s long-term financial wellbeing.
In 2015 the Board of Trustees started to gather support and speak with people in the community about the plans. Through the generous philanthropy of current parents, alumni parents, alumni, and grandparents the Thinking Forward Campaign gained momentum and met our initial goals of $5.3 million in order to break ground. Alongside the plans for facilities development, the faculty unveiled the new academic vision, which was described in Dr. Carter’s opening letter. The vision for the facilities and academic transformation will roll out to the community in the 2019-2020 school year.
Now with construction underway, we thank those who helped us meet our first benchmark, and are excited to talk to others in the community about getting us to the finish line. This comprehensive campaign means all gifts to Derryfield in the next two years will help us meet our goal! Your generous support of facilities, The Derryfield Fund, and/or endowment will get us there.
Join us as the next generation of forward-thinking stewards. Let’s build on the vision and success of our Founders to shape the next 50 years of Derryfield and beyond!
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.