Head of School

Joseph J. Perry, Head of School, Derby Academy

Our motto “Improve Both Mind and Heart” says it all. We pride ourselves on our educational success we’ve had for more than 230 years.

Founded in 1784 as one of earliest co-educational learning institutions, we have the unique history, experience, and successful alumni to know what works. Following the PK-Grade 8 model, we focus on the critical foundational years, and build confidence in children as they expand their minds and hearts to succeed during and long after their years at Derby.
We truly believe that to prepare the global, productive citizens that we all want our children to become, we must focus on the mind through academics, innovation, and creativity, as well as the heart through service, kindness and character building. Our program is age-specific and designed to develop all of these areas in each of our students.
Visit our campus and experience the differences of Derby. You’ll first notice our welcoming campus nestled between a cove, the coast, and our local community. Talk with our faculty, staff, administration and, of course, our students on your visit and you’ll see how our school encourages, empowers, and engages students and faculty alike. Improving our minds and hearts is at the core of our community and at the core of creating a lifelong love of learning.
I look forward to seeing you on campus!


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Joseph J. Perry P’17,’19,’26

Head of School

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