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  • College Admission Recruiting: Biased Or Broken?

    Are recruiting practices fundamentally biased? “Yes,” say higher education researchers Ozan Jaquette at the University of California Los Angeles and Karina Salazar at The University of Arizona. Unlike most other countries where college is almost entirely funded by taxpayers, in the United States schools rely on tuition dollars, or in a few cases healthy endowments—a fact that has a number of implications, including how colleges seek out and admit students....
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  • Four Generations of Impact

    In the world of independent schools, Derryfield is young. In fact, this May, Derryfield celebrates its first 50th reunion with the class of 1968 returning to campus! Our relatively short history makes this story unique: in 54 years, the Keller family has had four generations of impact on the School.... 
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  • College Admissions Counselors: From Gatekeepers To Caseworkers

    College has long been touted as, “the best four years of your life!” Actually earning a college degree in four years, however, is something of an aberration—more the exception than the rule. Research from the National Center for Education Statistics finds that just over half of all students who begin at four-year colleges complete a degree in six years. This does not bode well for an endeavor that comes at great costs to students, their families and the institutions that seek to educate them....
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  • Senioritis: College Acceptances In Jeopardy

    May 1: The unofficial end of high school for many college-bound seniors. Otherwise known as the National Candidate Reply Date, the first of May is the deadline for students to submit an enrollment deposit confirming their college choice.  For students who have obsessed over being admitted to college for months (if not years), it feels like the finish line, a time to collapse with exhaustion from a race well run.  Not so quickly!  There are still important details to attend to—maintaining good grades, staying out of trouble and actually graduating....
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  • College Admission Fairs: Do They Matter?

    The roar of voices in the cavernous convention hall is deafening and the combination of anxiety, excitement and body heat contribute to the thick air and complicated teenage odor. “A meat market” is how one student describes this ritual of a college admission fair--hundreds of tables set uniformly side-by-side, with vendors hawking their goods.  To the casual observer, it is unclear how this exchange works. Colleges and universities are arranged alphabetically, dangling colorful banners, glossy brochures, free pens, broad smiles and inviting faces, to better entice the “customer.” Meanwhile, students and parents move nervously through the crowd, both gathering information and putting themselves on display—trying to impress admission officers.  It is an interesting dance and one that is overwhelming for high school juniors beginning their college search....
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  • Student Leaders Host GEQual Conference

    On April 13-14, Derryfield's GQual Club (focused on issues of Gender Equity) hosted a conference in order to start a conversation about how everyone, no matter your age, race, sexual orientation, or gender, can work together to create a more equitable and compassionate society....
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  • Cruess '97 Named to 40 Under 40

    Congratulations to Derryfield alumnus Dylan Cruess '97, who was chosen for the Union Leader's 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty. The Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty program recognizes some of the state’s brightest young achievers who have a record of professional and volunteer accomplishments in New Hampshire. Those selected were honored at a reception at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on March 14. Dylan was interviewed by the Union Leader about his experiences and had a photo shoot with his daughter....
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  • Alumni Authors

    Congratulations to a number of Derryfield alumni have had books published recently. Compiled below is a list of recent works alumni have had published along with brief summaries and reviews from various publications....
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  • Investigating College Admission

    Despite the considerable turbulence in the Department of Justice (DOJ), one might wonder how the admission practices of a small number of America's colleges have come under scrutiny. In 2018, the DOJ has reportedly launched multiple investigations and it is only April—at this rate, it promises to be a long year for college deans and their attorneys.  The first inquiry in January by the Department’s Antitrust Division focused on the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) for potentially “restraining trade” by asking member institutions to adhere to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP), the Association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices....
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  • Two Fencers Compete at Jr. Nationals

    Two Derryfield freshmen, Samantha Induni and William Hadley, had the exciting opportunity to participate in the junior olympic fencing competition held in Memphis in February. Will started fencing because of an Instagram post from his older brother’s lacrosse team, and found he enjoyed it enough to keep practicing. Will intends to stay with fencing and see where it takes him. Samantha has a real enthusiasm for the sport of fencing and shared the following about her experience and future hopes for the sport...
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  • Harry Burnham ’11

    New Faces for 2018-2019

    As we plan for 2018 - 2019 we are excited to have hired some very strong new members to our faculty. They will bring a range of experience, energy, and expertise to our programs. We are all excited as we are already starting to collaborate with them on the courses and programs with which they will be involved....
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  • Remembering Jan Steele

    Members of the Derryfield community remember retired art teacher Jan Steele as a kind and inspirational treasure who encouraged all students to pursue art. The school learned of her passing recently, and several former students shared fond memories of their time with her. Read on for her obituary and share your memories, as well. She will be remembered for her inspired creativity, zany personality, and devotion to teaching....
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  • When Choosing Classes, There’s No One Answer

    The line forming outside my high school counseling office and the backlog in my email inbox suggest that it is course selection season, quite possibly my least favorite time of the year. Underclass students – of all grade levels – want me, as the college counselor, to “bless” their proposed course program. While I share the “truth as I know it” from two decades working in the admission profession, undoubtedly they leave my office frustrated that either I will not make their decision for them or I am unable to give the answer they are mining for....
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  • Math Team Champions Again

    Derryfield Mathletes participated in their last competition on February 7 and came away state champions! According to their coach, Mr. Induni, “we won the SMASH State championship for the S (small) division. Kedai Wei placed first among all freshmen in New Hampshire and Kate Jiang placed third among all seniors in New Hampshire....
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  • Theatre Camp Continues to Grow

    Derryfield Repertory Theatre (DRT) Summer Camp was founded in 2006 by former Derryfield choral director Laurel Devino. What started out as an extra opportunity for teenagers to get experience in the theatre has grown to a standard summer experience for many kids. The first DRT staff was comprised of twelve young adults, half of whom were Derryfield seniors, studying or planning to study theater in college. The idea was not only to give these older students the opportunity to perform, but also to extend that experience to kids ages eight through fourteen through sessions in acting, voice, dance, improvisation, and audition techniques....
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  • Design Thinking - Round 2!

    This month’s Communication Meetings in both the middle and upper schools gave us an opportunity to share the emerging vision of a fully integrated academic program that focuses on best teaching and learning practices of the 21st century. Through research and collaboration we are honing in on some key recommendations just in time for the consultants who will be coming to help us rethink and redesign our schedule....
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  • Reconnecting in Boston's Seaport

    Alumni and faculty from across the years gathered for a vibrant celebration of Derryfield and Ed Lemire in the heart of Boston’s Seaport at the lovely home of Neal ‘78 and Clea Winneg. Boston is packed with Derryfield alumni and attendees were of all ages, from members of Derryfield’s very first classes to a new alumna from the class of 2017 who is delighted with all the opportunities she has had in her first year at Tufts....
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  • Derryfield Players Present "Almost, Maine"

    The Derryfield Upper School Players are excited to present Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani, for three performances on May 18, 7:00 p.m. and May 19, 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. Almost, Maine is composed of eight vignettes, each no more than fifteen minutes, plus a prologue, an “interlogue,” and an epilogue—which are even briefer than the vignettes—all taking place on the same day at the same time. Everything takes place at nine o’clock on a Friday night in the middle of winter in the town of Almost, Maine...
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  • Introducing Derryfield's Academic Vision

    Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing the Derryfield Academic Vision through three evening presentations for parents and families. We invite you to join us to share your thoughts and questions as we provide an overview of our faculty’s exciting commitment to redesign the student experience for the 21st century....
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  • Breakthrough Hosts "Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?”

    You are invited to join Breakthrough Manchester for a new and innovative event "Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?" on Tuesday, May 8 at Southern NH University Dining Center from 5:00-7:30 p.m. This is a unique and exciting event for Breakthrough Manchester, in which you can test your knowledge in rounds of trivia, enjoy great food, interact with our students, and experience first-hand the Breakthrough Manchester spirit! Come prepared to be challenged and see how much you remember from your middle and high school years. 
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  • March Means Global Travel for Derryfield Students

    With six separate trips spread across the eastern seaboard and across the globe, March break means global cultural and service experiences for a large number of Derryfield students. For photo albums and recaps of all the trips, please visit our Global Education page. Many recaps have already been posted and several more are coming....
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  • Upper School Island School Update #2

    Part 2 of the student updates from the Island School in the Bahamas.
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  • Alumni Brewing Entrepreneurs

    About a quarter of a mile down a winding, wooded driveway in Canterbury, NH sits an unassuming farm building that houses one of New Hampshire’s finest nano-breweries, pouring craft brews ranging in styles from a popular India Pale Ale or a traditional British Extra Special Bitter to an aromatic Chocolate Porter. Canterbury Aleworks, owned and operated by Steve Allman ‘83, may be one of NH craft beer’s better kept secrets....
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  • Derryfield Joins #CommonGood Campaign

    The Derryfield School is among the nation’s first schools to join a new national campaign to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy....
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  • Breaking Through the Confines of Gender Stereotypes

    The Derryfield School is hosting a free talk, “Breaking Through the Confines of Gender Stereotypes,” on Friday, April 13, from 7:00-8:30 p.m in the Derryfield Lyceum. Eric Barthold, the director of “Man Up and Open Up” will team with Skyler McCurine who is working to change the look of leadership as a personal stylist, speaker, and Founder of Le Red Balloon. Each will deliver a speech about breaking through the confines of gender stereotypes....
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