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.

Applied Arts at a Glance

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  • Middle School Applied Arts >>

    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 useful as well, decorative items. In Grades 4-5, students use their mathematical skills to create patterns as well as learn about clothing construction.
    Shop classes in Grades Four and Five introduce students to basic woodworking construction. They then bring what they’ve learned into their lighthouse design project. Researching a lighthouse and then building it introduces students to a whole new way of thinking about how the world works.
  • 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.
The best educational choice on the South Shore for Pre-K through Grade 8 education.