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About This School

Pinkerton Academy is a public high school in Derry. 3,169 children attend Pinkerton Academy and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 12% of the 3,169 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Pinkerton Academy is 14:1. Londonderry Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% 95%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My mom graduated from here and moved back to NH Sotho my brothers and I could go here. The school may be large and seem more like a college campus but the wide variety of classes languages and sports it has to offers can't compare to the average high school. I no longer live in NH but would love to go back so thy my children can have the same opportunity to graduate from PA. This school prepared me for collage and I think can prepare students for the demands of the "real world". This isn't a school to just slip by there are high expectations and so there should be if you want your child to succeed. PA is in my opinion on of the best public high schools if not the best. (A private school education)

  • (1 year ago)

    i droped out of pinkerton the teachers are all burnt out from working their so long they dont care if you fail and will not help you unless told to if you dont comprehend what to do they dont care they will watch you fail i also attended haverhill highschool in massachusets it is nowhere as hard as pinkerton they expect much more of you than any other highschool because they are conviced with their history they are better than any other i know you will not agree majority because you went their in the 70's and it was middle school level compared to todays standard they have much more money than they should be supplied with they build new buildings all the time and do nothing for their appauling dropout rate derry nh should build another alternative highschool 3000+ kids is far to much for a highschool to keep in check let alone educate.

  • (2 years ago)

    Generally PA is great. However the school has a lacking math department and seems a lot of money is spent on the lower level kids and new buildings instead of academics. That said they love it there and they honestly offer more classes in anywhere else period. I fell that for a school of PA's size the dress code is a little lacking and you can see lots of revealing girls and guys. Since Pinkerton is technically an academy it should at least do a code like polos and khakis or even better a button up shirt and tie. I fell it would improve the environment considerably.

  • (4 years ago)

    I feel that PA has effectively prepared me for college-level work and I feel confident in applying to colleges this fall having gone to PA because I know it is recognized for that. This however might be coming at somewhat of a cost to some students. More than once I felt completely overwhelmed by the expectations placed on me not by the teachers but by the school in general. PA likes to place its students into strict black and white margins and when they come across a student who just doesn't fit into those boxes they struggle with how to handle it. Also because of PA's size it can sometimes be easy to "fall through the cracks." Most of the teachers I have come across have been great but I think that is somewhat due to luck of the draw. Generally - great English dept but the math dept lacks.

  • (4 years ago)

    I m a current junior at Pinkerton and I LOVE IT. Coming from an 8th grade class of 75 I had no problem adjusting to my freshman class of 900.Yes the school expects a lot from the students but that should be expected at any good high school. It s up to the student to decide what kind of education he/she wants to receive. Any student who doesn't do homework or get to class on time WILL begin to fail and get detentions. It's school--you're expected to show up and do the work. PA has a highly effective class leveling system that helps students excel at their own pace. There are many career-focused courses available at PA that create nearly endless opportunities to prepare students for future careers. Additionally EVERYBODY can find something to do outside of the classroom because there are so many sports and clubs (plus a few study abroad opportunities).

  • (4 years ago)

    They do so much for the kids the kids have so much to choose from like agriculture to the arts and so much more they also hand out alot of scholerships.

  • (5 years ago)

    the teachers are great and the school focuses on a strong english department. My kids did well when they gradguated and were sent to some of the top colleges and had an easier time than others who went to other schools int he area

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a proud Pinkerton Academy graduate that has since graduated from a top 100 college. I will say that Pinkerton was a great school that helped the transition to the college course work very well. Pinkerton will offer a great amount of training for college. In fact during my Freshmen year my professors would ask me where I went to high school because my writing math and presentation (or speaking) skills were so much more advanced than the other Freshmen. I would like to give credit to Pinkerton for that. Yes the dreaded 30+ page Senior Essay that every student is supposed to write isn t fun; but it is very worth it.

  • (6 years ago)

    Two of my children attended Pinkerton coming from Hampstead which was a small middle school at the time. My daughter's first observation was that 'there was a place for everyone to fit in there'. My son and daughter loved PA. As a parent I appreciated the strict rules about attendance and tardiness. There are so many sports and activities available. My son was an athlete and in chorus; my daughter was involved in student council etc. Both students went to college and did very well. They both have only the finest things to say about PA and when my son finished his education in teaching the ONLY place he wanted to teach was at PA. That is where he is today and loves it as much as he did when he was a student there. Send your students there; you will not be disappointed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two boys who atten Pinkerton and it is the main reason that we moved to Hampstead when they were young (along with Hampstead's excellent Central and Middle schools) We have been 100% happy all the way through and the school is fantastic if your kids are involved in sports. If you have a child that needs help at all it is available but they have to want to do it. PA will not carry kids or parents along who are not willing to work for it. I think that this reflects the real world which is where these kids will be in a couple of years. The kids are not treated as numbers as some have suggested you treat yourself and your children as numbers when you don't get them involved in any of the endless opportunities that exist. The campus is beautiful as well!

  • (6 years ago)

    Taking advantage of all of Pinkerton has to offer is essential. Once you leave and go to college and talk to other students you realize you had an amazing experience in high school. Everyone complaining on this board about tardiness is absurd tell your children to get to school on time and be responsbile. Go Astros! I recived a great education made a lot of friends loved the campus and got into a great college! Not Pinkerton's fault your kids fell through the cracks its your parenting!

  • (6 years ago)

    Packed classrooms over worked Guidance Dept ....this is a Public School.

  • (6 years ago)

    The food is ok but they feed us like we have the stomachs of 5 year olds and they over charge. The classes themselves are good. I take mostly art classes so it's fun for me. The teachers are good but a lot of them dont know how to connect with the students anymore. We're way different from kids 10 years ago. The school itself can be pretty out there sometimes. Like when they delay school for an hour and 30 minutes when the roads are all ice when every other school in NH is closed. It's not that we have school on those days that upsets me what makes me angry is on days like that when there's snow and ice everywhere PA forgets that half the kids are un experienced drivers. PA needs to take of their students and stop trying to make money.

  • (6 years ago)

    My last child will be attending next fall. After what we've experienced with our last 3 who've attended I am very worried. Last one is leaving private school for pinkerton. My other 3 fell through cracks and had to be pulled out. They only succeeded due to tutoring and finishing subjects via internet and have gone on to college. They never would have been able to if they stayed at pinkerton. Special ed was the worst.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a parent of 3 girls that attend the school and Mrs. Smith has been very helpful to me and my children.

  • (7 years ago)

    I moved here from MA because I was told the school's are better in Derry. This was not true my children coming from Boston school's found the work in Derry school's about a level behind that of school's in Boston. The only plus I saw was that the kids are safer in Derry schools then Boston schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very impressive how this school is so organized! Special Ed depratment for learning disabilities is awesome. The teachers are very receptive in responding to parent emails they care alot about the kids and are more then willing to help them any way they can. The kids though need self motivation to excel in this school - which is a quality that should be happening at this age anyway! This school has many different courses to offer at differnet levels. Pinkerton uses Edline - a program where at any time parents can review the child's progress in detail - this is posted every 2 weeks as are report cards at the times they come out. A lot of the teachers also post upcoming tests quizzes projects homework and so forth. The kids can access this as well. Excellent school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think Pinkerton is a great school if you were not dropped through the cracks in grade school my child did not recieve any of the help the school system claimed he needed after THEY LABELED HIM..so Pinkerton became difficlut their disiplinary actions were rediculous constant detentions for tardiness this will truly bring down a chidls self eateem.

  • (8 years ago)

    Pinkerton is an institution and children are numbers. If your child fits the mold they created is a great way of putting it. If they do and they re self motivated then there are lots of resources but anything outside the institutionally expected guidelines and forget it. Even if you child is a good student if they have tardiness problems or special needs there is no progressive thinking or accommodating. It's strictly by the book. I have heard 'That's the policy' way too many times.

  • (8 years ago)

    Excellent opportunities to experience highest quality music art sports and even vocational interests. Programs can be competitive. Freshman sports teams are available. Beautiful campus looks like small NE college. Excellent administration guidance supervision. Excellent college prep programs and opportunities for internships during junior and senior year to experience many career opportunities. Large regional high school (3 towns) in a small town environment.

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