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5 Pinkerton St
Derry, NH 03038

(603) 437-5200
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4 stars
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July 23, 2014
PA has been resting on its laurels for too long. It is not an Academy, just another high school. It is run by a group who do not accept inputs from the community and whose concerns in descending order (and in wrong direction) seem to be: 1. Maintaining legacy; 2. Building development; 3. Student s future educational success. For such a large school, it rarely is noted for academics, taking a back seat to sports. NECAP results prove that it is an average high school. In academic comparison to other high schools, it does not seem to be on par. There are good/great dedicated teachers at PA? Some are incredibly committed to their students and their profession. Also on a positive note, it is a fairly safe school. Because PA is such a large school it has needed to support the majority of student needs. It does not do well with marginal students either with lower or higher skill sets. If the goal of high schools is transition to higher education . I d give PA a C . Good, average. PA s shotgun approach of trying to be everything to everyone by developing skills in everything from dog grooming and the trades to a general education lessen it's legacy.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Pinkerton Academy is a wonderful school, my child has Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Counselors, Teachers and Special Ed has been very supportive. They have provided me with information, sends me weekly progress reports. Just because it is a large school, every child is treated as an individual and is acknowledged by staff. The staff motivates the students to be their best and succesed at school and at life. This school has a wonderful reputation, many families move to this town because of this school. I attended this school and every year it gets better, they are there for the kids and many people have stayed in this town for this school, I hope that more generations of family members of mine and others do the same, the only complaint I have is there is not enough parking.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
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)

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
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.

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2010
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).

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April 08, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 18, 2009
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2009
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

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
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.

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December 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 18, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2008
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!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2008
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!

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June 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2008
Packed classrooms, over worked Guidance Dept ....this is a Public School.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 14, 2008
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.

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February 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 13, 2008
I'm a parent of 3 girls that attend the school and Mrs. Smith has been very helpful to me and my children.

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November 17, 2007
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October 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 25, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
We are very happy with the education our son is getting at PA. He's a very bright student and the classes he is in are challenging and interesting. I also have a special needs niece who graduated from PA, and they were very good at meeting her needs and finding her strengths. They gave her the opportunity to follow her interests -- even if it seemed too hard for her -- and she exceeded expectations. My son plays on a very competitive sports team and loves it. My niece did Special Olympics there and loved it. The music program is outstanding. Parents need to stay involved -- they do a great job of communicating with parents but it's still a huge school. I recommend PA highly.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
I'm not a parent, yet a student who once attended Pinkerton Academy. After only two years there I transfered out because of a personal decision. Looking back on that decision, I regret it. Not only was Pinkerton a good school academically, it was a good school to develop and enhance a person's people skills. The teacher's are more understanding and caring then the teachers at the other school I went to (Central Catholic in Lawrence MA). They do not see you as a number but as an individual with the right to learn and be taught. I was close with all my teachers. Pinkerton offers a lot of freedom, what a person does with it is there own choice. It is an all around good school. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in good academics and a fun atmosphere that balance each other out. I loved Pinkerton Academy.

- submitted by a former student
November 21, 2004
Pinkertons Campus, available learning tools and programs are incredible. There are many teachers that will go the extra mile to help that student who isn t grasping the material and take a different approach to the teaching style. Pinkerton once had a Woodsman team. It was one the only sport in the school that competed on the collegiate level and won more championships than its competitors. At the time it was the only sport that had all social groups together as a team, from football players to your less socially involved students; it was the melting pot of school society. Unfittingly the school didn't recognized the team as a true sport and it now it no longer exist. A true shame seeing it was high schoolers setting records and beating colleges such as Dartmouth, Syracuse and others from New Brunswick Canada to West Virginia. The last year they competed.

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June 16, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 03, 2004
Pinkerton Academy is higher learning at its finest. The educators work very hard and take pride in both their work, and their students. There is unlimited opportunity for achievement and recognition. The school contributes to the community and there is always a chance for a student to get involved. The campus is amazing and the school has provided every tool in each state of the art facility to guarentee higher learning. The sports teams are highly recognized and are facilitated by reputable coachs, who really do care about your childs overall performance on and off the field/court. If your child is motivated, and wants to reach for the stars, there is no finer school in New Hampshire. I should know, I overcame a very difficult time in my life, while at Pinkerton. I wouldn't be such a successful leader today without the support of the administration, faculty, and coaching staff. Yes, it is a very large school. But, no they don't see you as a number.

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November 04, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2003
A great school if you fit the box they have created. Homework will undo the brightest student if they don't do it. Pinkerton is not the place for your child to start to learn organizational skills, so they better have them before they get there. Pinkerton is not known for accomodating students with disabilities although sending Districts try their best to offset this. It is not that they don't care or are not sensitive to children with disabilites actually they have a pretty good program for the severe children. However, if your child doesn't read they present with the opinion that your child shouldn't be in high school without the skills to be successful and why didn't the sending District do their job to remediate the child before sending them to High School - they have a point. If your child fits into the box they can get a great education and go on to a competitive college. The problem with the organizational skills is that the sending middle schools do little to develop efficency in this area for the students prior to entering High School although they are all making strides to correct this. Parental involvement is key and seems to drop off when children enter High School when it is most needed. There are so many students at Pinkerton it is almost impossible for the teachers to monitor each and every student if the parent isn't paying attention don't expect this school to pick up the slack for you. They have a wide variety of after-school programs for all children encourage your child to join and get involved with one this will help them join the community at Pinkerton.

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Pinkerton Academy
5 Pinkerton St, Derry, NH  03038
(603) 437-5200
Last modified Pinkerton Academy is a Public school that serves grades 9-12
Pinkerton Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews.