Derby Academy Campus in Hingham Massachusetts

Application Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Process Completed By: February 5* 

  • Assessment Date for Pre-K & K siblings of current students and children of faculty/staff: morning of January 20, 2024 (time slots to be assigned).

  • Assessment Date for all other Pre-K, K & Grade 1 candidates: morning of February 10, 2024 (time slots to be assigned)

  • Grade 2–8 Visit Day: self scheduled in Admission Portal between November 9 and February 22 

  • Tuition Assistance Application Due: February 5

  • Decision Notification: March 8

  • Deposit Due: April 10

*All parts of process except for Assessment & Visit Day

Please note that those applying to Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 must be 4, 5, and 6 years of age respectively by September 1 of the entering year.


Thank you for your interest in Derby Academy! Our Admission Office is here to help you and your family with any questions you may have about Derby or the admission process. We encourage you to get to know Derby by exploring our website to learn more about our mission and vision, curriculum, faculty and staff and our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Please reach out with any questions to Nicole Carnes Director of Admission at, (781) 749-0746, x109 or Julie McOsker Associate Director of Admission at, (781) 749-0746, x146. We look forward to engaging with you to help you better understand our approach to education while also learning about what you are looking for in a school community!


Steps to Apply

(All steps are completed in Admission Portal)


    Once you submit your inquiry form, you will receive instructions via email to create an account on our Admission Portal.  From our Portal, you may begin working on your application, submit materials, check on your application's status, and get up-to-date admission information.
    *Please note that the application is not active until the $50 application fee is submitted.

  2. Visit campus!
    Attend one of our admission events or schedule a personalized tour. 

  3. Pay application fee of $50 per child.
    Please email us at for a fee waiver if the fee poses a financial hardship.

  4. Schedule Parent/Guardian Interviews via zoom or in person.

  5. Attend Pre-K - Grade 1 Student Assessment or Schedule Grade 2-8 Visit Day

  6. Submit supporting documents.
    - Parent/Guardian Questionnaire 
    - Teacher Evaluation form(s) completed by current teacher(s)
    - School Records Request Form & Transcript

  7. Applicants to Grades 6-8: Register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

  8. If interested, apply for Tuition Assistance via the Clarity website.

*Please log in to your child’s account periodically and access the checklist to view the status of each step in the application process.

The Search for the Best School for Your Family is an Exciting Process

Your family may be wondering:

Where will my child be known and noticed? Where will my child develop the skills to become a lifelong learner and a thoughtful, caring and responsible citizen?

At Derby, we believe  that to prepare our students to become successful and caring adults, we must focus on the mind through academics, innovation, and creativity, and focus on the heart through service, kindness, and character-building.

Consider what your family can expect from Derby Academy:

  • A welcoming and supportive community

  • Curriculum that is both stimulating and challenging

  • Specialized  programs for children to discover their interests and develop their potential

  • An inspiring and dedicated group of faculty and staff

  • The foundation for children to develop into caring, confident individuals who love to learn

Our Admission team looks forward to exploring and answering these questions with you. Please complete our online inquiry formexplore our campus virtually, or call us to ask any questions and begin the application process.

We look forward to meeting you!


A transformational education is within reach.

Introducing the Sarah Derby Merit Scholarship for students entering Grades 4-8.

Meet the Admission Team

Nicole Carnes

Nicole Carnes

Titles: Director of Admission
Julie McOsker

Julie McOsker

Titles: Associate Director of Admission
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