Academic Program

As part of a three-year process, the Derryfield faculty and staff engaged in a focused review of our teaching practice, program and schedule. Building upon the best of who are, we explored 21st Century skills, researched ideas from other independent schools, and developed departmental visions. We are excited to share the Derryfield Academic Vision, which was fully implemented in the fall of 2019.

Academic Vision

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Middle School Curriculum

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Upper School Curriculum

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Middle School Experience

The middle school years are a crucial period for maintaining a lifelong love of learning. And at Derryfield, the Middle School is a haven for young learners; a place where it’s cool to be smart. Tailoring their classes to the needs of individuals and to the class as a whole, teachers are given considerable autonomy. It’s a safe and exciting learning environment that is part fun, part serious, and always active. 

Learner’s Portrait

In the Middle School, we have identified eight specific skills that we know students need to work toward to be successful in high school. A sampling of the traits includes becoming a strong community member, a self-directed learner, a healthy person, and a problem-solver. This is called the Middle School Learner’s Portrait.

Upper School Experience

Students new to Derryfield’s upper school have access to an incredible breadth of academics, athletics, and arts opportunities. In small classes, teachers and students get to know one another well. Numerous advanced topics and interdisciplinary courses, independent projects, and individualized college planning combine to make the experience highly personal and engaging. Together with their enthusiastic teachers, students learn to search for understanding, rather than just the right answer.

College Counseling

The Derryfield School’s College Counseling Program focuses on two of our core values: aim high and balance. We work individually with students and their families to think big, plan ahead, and find a college fit that will meet their wants and needs. Learn more by clicking below to visit our website!

College Counseling

The Derryfield School’s College Counseling Program focuses on two of our core values: aim high and balance. We work individually with students and their families to think big, plan ahead, and find a college fit that will meet their wants and needs. Learn more by clicking below to visit our website!

Thursday Night Live Sessions

Derryfield School College Counseling Office and the Character Collaborative offered a weekly series of discussions with college admission leaders from schools across the country. Explore these panels, moderated by Brennan Barnard, Dean of College Counseling and Outreach, below!

Hear from esteemed panelists Joy St. John, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Wellesley College; Elizabeth J. Cheron, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Admissions at Northeastern University; and Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Wesleyan University.

Hear from esteemed panelists Ken Anselment, Vice President for Enrollment & Communications at Lawrence University; Ryan Hargraves, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Vermont; and Deb Johns, Associate Director of Admissions at Yale University.

The Pathways Program

As students head into high school, they’re introduced to The Pathways Program, which provides 1-to-1 personal coaching to intentionally connect each students’ strengths and interests to the School’s vast offerings in curriculum, clubs, internship and service opportunities. It helps students select their courses, and cultivate a secure and confident identity as they work their way toward the college process. This is a unique program that you will not find anywhere else.

Independent Senior Projects

Since 1985, seniors have been offered the opportunity to spend the last five weeks of their Derryfield careers pursuing an outside interest as part of an Independent Study Project. The School believes that an independent project is a valuable and logical conclusion to a Derryfield education, and, in most cases, the project proves to be more valuable than time spent in class. The hope is that seniors will gain a deeper appreciation of their own talents and of the importance of serving and learning from others.

Advanced Topics Courses

In 2019, Derryfield moved beyond Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, replacing AP classes with our own Advanced Topics (AT) courses. These top level, custom-designed courses integrate rich content with innovative problem solving, student research, and real world application. AT courses focus on building the skill sets we know universities and workplaces desire; skills like critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. 

AT Biology

Taylor Moon, Ph.D. and Erica Moore ’20 discuss the culminating project for Advanced Topics Biology with Head of School, Dr. Mary Halpin Carter.

AT Investment Math

Jim Watt, Brady McGinley ’20 and Olivia Strong ’20 discuss the culminating project of Advanced Topics Investment Math with Head of School, Dr. Mary Halpin Carter.

Global Education and Cultural Competencies

From the presence of international students on campus, to the transformational experiences of global trips, and the way in which understanding the world beyond NH is embedded in the curriculum, Derryfield prepares students for a world that demands cultural awareness and collaboration.

Malone Schools Online Network

Malone Schools Online Network

The Malone Schools Online Network (MSON) is a consortium of Malone schools that provides upper level students (generally juniors and seniors) at participating schools with a variety of superior, online courses that enhance each member school’s existing curriculum. Each course takes a blended approach, combining synchronous instruction—real-time video conferencing seminars—with asynchronous instruction—recorded lectures and exercises students complete outside of the class, disrupting the common notions of online learning.

American Food System

Take a closer look at one of our Malone course offerings, American Food System: Past, Present and Future, which is taught by a Derryfield faculty member each year.

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American Food System

Take a closer look at one of our Malone course offerings, American Food System: Past, Present and Future, which is taught by a Derryfield faculty member each year.