Head of School: Joseph J. Perry, Jr.
Welcome to Derby Academy’s website. As you scroll through the pages you will see photos, videos, and text about who we are, what we stand for and what makes us Derby. Some of these photos or statements may seem similar to other schools’ but let me assure you—Derby is different!
Our motto, “Improve Both Mind and Heart” says it all. We pride ourselves on our educational success for more than 230 years. Founded in 1784 as a co-educational learning institution, we have the unique history, experience and successful alumni to know what works. Following the PK-8th grade model, we focus on the critical foundational years and build confidence in children as they expand their minds and hearts to take on life both during and after their Derby years.
We truly believe that to prepare the global, productive citizens that we all want our children to become, we must focus on both the mind through academics, innovation and creativity and the heart through service, kindness and character building. Our program is age-specific and geared to develop all of these areas in each of our students.
After your virtual tour here, please come and see us in person to truly experience the difference of Derby. You will first notice our fabulous campus nestled between a cove, the coast and our local community. Come and talk to our teachers, staff, administration and, of course, our students on your visit and you will see that our culture is one that encourages, empowers and engages students and adults alike. Improving our minds and our hearts is what is at the core of Derby and we believe at the core of a fulfilling childhood and life-long educational foundation.
I look forward to seeing you on campus.

Joe Perry
Head of School
The best educational choice on the South Shore for Pre-K through Grade 8 education.