Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Derby Academy, Hingham, Private School, South Shore

At Derby, we believe that a diverse and inclusive community is an essential and fundamental piece of educational excellence. Our goal is to prepare empathetic citizens who are ready to engage in an increasingly interdependent world. We emphasize listening, reflecting, and perspective taking to build cultural competence. We welcome, value, and honor the authentic, individual selves of each and every community member.

DEI Initiatives & Programs

Diversity Directions

In the fall of 2021, Derby engaged Diversity Directions, a leading consulting group that works exclusively with independent schools, to conduct a qualitative assessment of our current practices, systems, and culture. The results of the report will inform our Strategic DEI Plan, being crafted in 2022.

Global Changemakers

We’re developing globally-minded learners. Our students are prepared to think critically, compassionately, and collaboratively about the world. 

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Student Conferences

Every year we offer our 6th-8th graders the opportunity to attend AISNEs Middle School Diversity Conference and Middle School Students of Color Conference.

Belonging at Derby

Belonging At Derby was founded in 2019 by a group of parents who were interested in creating space for families to engage in conversations about belonging and to learn about various topics. During its pilot year (2021-2022) the group is hosting community conversations as a time to reflect, learn, and build community. Some topics have included: Celebrating each Unique Child, and Why Gender Matters.

Board DEI Task Force

As part of the ongoing commitment to prioritizing DEI work at Derby Academy, the Board of Trustees formed the DEI Task Force. They work closely with the Head of School to set goals for diversifying the student and faculty population, make budgetary recommendations, and engage in collaborative conversation about ways Derby can become a more diverse and equitable community.


Annie Peterman

Annie Peterman

Titles: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator; Grade 4 Teacher
Derby Academy, Hingham, South Shore, Private School, Education