Head of Primary/Lower School: Scot Chandler
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Our Primary School classrooms emphasize a holistic approach to education. At any given moment, social and emotional learning occur alongside academic discovery.

Primary School Program

Derby's unique Primary School program offers full-day and half-day instruction in Pre-Kindergarten and full-day Kindergarten.

Pre-Kindergarten is Derby's first entry point and we enroll more new students in Pre-K than in any other grade. We modestly increase the size of each class in Kindergarten and again in Grade 1.

Each grade level is led by two well-qualified, experienced teachers who are supported by specialist teachers in the arts, physical education, and Spanish. Both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten benefit from two well-equipped classrooms and share specialist facilities scaled for younger learners. A dedicated outdoor playground space and a children's garden add to the extensive educational facilities, providing students with ample room to learn and explore.

The Primary School Program

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  • Academic Curriculum >>

    Our Primary School classrooms are joyful places of exploration and discovery, and the foundations for all future academic and social learning can be found here! Along with the fundamentals of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies, students engage in structured play and project-based learning. Specialist teachers enrich the school day with Spanish, art, music, physical education and library time. Gifted teachers invite each child’s wonderings and investigations creating an excitement to learn more.
  • Social Curriculum >>

    Relationships are at the heart of the school day– strong, respectful relationships with teachers and classmates. During these early school years, girls and boys are learning to share, take turns, help a classmate, assume responsibility for their words and actions, consider another child’s needs, listen with respect to a differing opinion, and show kindness. Children experience the importance of being friendly and the satisfaction of friendship. They are developing essential understands about having and being a friend. Character building starts here. It is crystal clear that respectful, happy relationships are fostered in our Primary School classrooms.
    By providing a physically and emotionally safe environment with consistent rules and expectations and predictable daily requirements and routines, children feel comfortable and confident throughout the school day. The principles and strategies of The Responsive Classroom form the scaffolding of our social curriculum.

View our Curriculum

Primary School Highlights

  • 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Comprehensive, foundational science curriculum
  • Responsive Classroom social curriculum
  • Foundations in reading and writing skills
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Everyday Mathematics
  • Spanish
  • Visual arts
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Library and Technology classes
  • Wrap around care
  • Field trips
  • Cross-Grade Peer Pals
The best educational choice on the South Shore for Pre-K through Grade 8 education.