We are currently accepting applications for all grade levels. For details regarding openings in a particular grade, please contact our Admission Office at 781-749-0746 x 146 or admission@derbyacademy.org.

Our primary entry points are Pre-Kindergarten and Grade 4, and we also modestly increase the number of students accepted to Kindergarten and Grade 1.  Openings in all other grades will vary from year to year.  

Steps to Apply to Derby

  1. Parent appointment
  2. Submitted application
  3. Student visit
  4. Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
  5. Teacher recommendation(s) from current teacher
  6. School Report Form
  7. Independent School Entrance Exam scores (for students applying to Grades 5-8)

Application Deadlines

  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in September.
  • Grade 1 through Grade 8: Application deadline is February 3, with all files completed by February 10.
Files not completed by the deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis.

If you wish to discuss your child’s specific situation before filing an application, please contact the Admission Office at 781-749-0746 ext. 146 or email admission@derbyacademy.org.

Please note that those applying to Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade One must be four, five and six years of age respectively by September 1 of the entering year to be eligible for enrollment.

Schedule a Tour of Derby

The best way to begin the process of evaluating whether Derby is right for your family is to visit our campus.

Tours of the school and parent appointments are scheduled during school days. Tours run for approximately 40 minutes and appointments last for about 30 minutes. 
During tours, parents have the opportunity to view our facilities, ask questions and observe student/teacher interactions in the classrooms to see for themselves what distinguishes a Derby education.

We also offer Take-a-Look Thursdays for prospective families to stop by campus, with or without your child, between 9:00 to 11:00 am every Thursday to see our campus in action!  

We hope you will take a few minutes to continue browsing our website to learn more about our programs - and we encourage you to contact us to schedule a tour today.

Evaluating Applicants

We evaluate applicants through parent interviews, candidate visits to current grade levels, school reports, teacher evaluations and completion of age-appropriate tasks while visiting Derby. For the younger children, our evaluations are based on everyday tasks such as problem solving, language skills, ability to focus, motor skills and socialization to determine readiness to join a particular class. For older students, we look for demonstrated academic achievement, motivation and social responsibility.

Notification Dates

Decisions will be mailed to families as follows:
  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Rolling basis beginning in September
  • Grade 1 - Grade 8: March 10
  • After March 10, applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Wait Pool

Qualified applicants to whom we cannot offer places will be put in a waiting pool. Should places become available, all active candidates will be considered at that time.
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For more information or to request a copy of Derby's view book, please contact the Admission Office at 781-749-0746, ext. 146, or admission@derbyacademy.org

The best educational choice on the South Shore for Pre-K through Grade 8 education.