Derby has provided my children with excellent study habits a love of learning and has helped them to become confident individuals. I think that the faculty and administration at Derby handle social challenges well. There is no perfect place but Derby has been an excellent choice for our family. I highly recommend it!
Derby Academy is a private middle school. 322 students go to Derby Academy and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at Derby Academy is 8:1. Maria Weston Chapman Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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I wanted to like this school. I really did. But the bullying problem at this school is a major issue. The kids treat each other horribly. The teachers let this behavior happen and multiple times there were no consequences for the kids who were the bullies. When the teachers tried to intervene they were ineffective in doing so. Everyone says that this is an excellent school where everyone fits in but if you are less than perfect then you will be miserable here. The parents are almost as nasty as the kids sometimes worse. The academics were decent (not particularly challenging though). I can honestly say that you would be better off saving your money and pursuing other options.
Derby is the best school anyone could possibly imagine. My children go there and so do all my nieces and nephews. They are all extremely happy at Derby. Derby has excellent teachers and the students are very respectful towards one another. The academic programs exceeded my expectations; the teachers challenge everyone and make sure all the students are on the same page. I recommend Derby Academy to every parent and child.
When I first registered my child a few years ago I had such high expectations. Somehow in the back of my mind I knew I would be disappointed. And guess what... I am. The number one reason I sent my child here is because I felt the public schools were overcrowded and my child who is bright and shy would somehow not make it there. I was also worried about bullying in the public school. But not only does bullying happen at this school it's tolerated. The teachers and administration make it seem as though it's your child (the one being bullied) that's the problem and they are reluctant to do anything about it. Also the facilities are below average and for what they ask for in tuition (and they raise it every year) it is just not worth the price-not even close. In addition the students treat each other poorly. The way they speak to one another is downright shameful. I don't know if it's the area in general learned behavior from their parents or both. Needless to say we will not being coming back. At this school the nice families will leave and the not so nice will stay. Isn't that always the way?
This is the best school our children and grandchildren have ever gone to. A challenge for the gifted student but nurturing for those that need a little more.
I have been a teacher at Derby for over 12 years after having worked in several different teaching venues across New England. Derby Academy exceeds all my wildest expectations both personally and professionally. The level of expertise and genuine caring for each child is at the highest level. Every man woman and child is celebrated for their unique abilities and encouraged to learn beyond their comfort levels. Teachers are eager to collaborate with others and stretch their own professional goals. There is at the heart of Derby an atmosphere of sincerity and love which makes Derby much much more than a school but a family. I cannot believe that I can be a part of such a wonderful community that truly lives up to their motto to improve both mind and soul!
This school has met and exceeded all my expectations. My child is thriving here and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are truly dedicated to their students and they really go above and beyond for them. The small class size is amazing and the reason we placed our child here. We are excited to have our youngest be a part of this school next year. Thank you Derby!
I have one child enrolled at Derby and one child going there next year. I love derby and all the teachers that go along with it. I think one of the most special things that derby has is the sports program. For students in fourth and fifth grade the class called 'sports' is one of the highlights of their day. They have it everyday and learn the fundamentals of all sports. This prepares them for the inscholastic sports they will play in sixth grade on. I also love the campus! It provides a safe friendly and open enviorment for anyone attending school!
I went to Derby academy. I must say the academics were worse than the public school alternatives. It wasnt worth it academically. In terms of music art and sports it was nothing special. The sports options were limited and not particularly intense the arts program was about the same as any public school and the music was almost non existant save for occasional student solos. It was not worth that much money. Derby was essentially public school quality but a more attractive name.
We have three children enrolled at Derby and we could not be more pleased with this school. At the Lower School students are encouraged to achieve at the highest possible level but they are never left behind. At the middle and upper schools the course load increases but support is always available from talented and dedicated faculty members. The School has a strong arts program and competive athletics are available in an inclusive manner. We strongly encourage all parents to consider Derby Academy for their children.