Applied Arts are a hallmark of a Derby education, challenging students to think, create and innovate. Traditional skills such as sewing and shop are enhanced with new disciplines such as robotics, photoshop, coding and engineering design, creating an interdisciplinary approach that mirrors the real world.
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Applied Arts at a Glance

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  • Middle School Applied Arts >>

    Sewing
    Sewing instruction started with the first class of students back in 1784 and has continued through the years. Students worked on traditional “samplers” back then. Today’s students design and create an array of projects using their hands-on, mathematical, and spatial thinking skills.

    Shop
    In 4th and 5th grade shop, students learn shop safety and etiquette while working on their custom wooden projects. There is a focus on understanding the materials they are using, as well as an emphasis on developing hand skills. There is an inherent feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes from making something by hand that we want each student to experience at Derby.
  • Upper School Applied Arts >>

    Sixth, seventh and eighth graders are able to choose from a wide variety of applied arts elective courses to further build on prior knowledge of the varied subjects they learned about in earlier grades. Wood construction, sewing and costuming, stagecraft, technical theater, digital arts, MakerSpace designs, and engineering projects are many of the courses that are offered where students can dig deeply into learning more about a subject of their choice.
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      Applied Arts, Derby Academy

      Applied Arts, Derby Academy

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