Cadets in Junior ROTC maintain a steady schedule of activities in addition to learning principals of aviation. A typical recent week includes Exhibition Drill Team practice, Color Guard practice (pictured), a competitive Drill Meet against other high schools and Seniors presenting PowerPoint briefings to instructors. Also, cadets meet with next year’s freshmen on Information Day to explain the opportunities of JROTC.

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Tour Pinkerton Academy

Pinkerton Academy is distinguished among high schools for its blend of modern and historic facilities. Click here for a virtual tour of Pinkerton.

If you are considering attending Pinkerton Academy and would like to schedule a tour of campus, please email tours@

Where Do I Go?

Who Do I See?

Parents and students may find it helpful to consult the chart linked here to learn Who to See and Where to Go for any given issue. This aid should help address most issues related to students and school.

Course Selection is Underway

Course Selection is officially underway for the 2015-2016 school year at Pinkerton Academy. See story to right describing the process and documents for Course Selection.

Registration on MONDAY: Summer Credit Advancement

Registration for the Summer Credit Advancement program at Pinkerton Academy opens on Monday, January 26 at 7:00am.

At (and after) that time, click here to register on-line for Summer Credit Advancement. (Password: Astros)

Registration will be available through Friday, February 6, 2015 – subject to courses filling up.

Five courses will be taught in Summer Credit Advancement: Physical Education 1, Physical Education 2, Computer Applications, Introduction to the World of Business & Finance, and Health Education.

For full details on Summer Credit Advancement, click here.

SENIORS: The Academy Plan Gets You In OR Out

Seniors: Want “in” on The Academy Plan?

Under The Academy Plan, qualifying seniors, if their schedule allows, may apply for late arrival OR early dismissal. SOUND GOOD SO FAR?

Check out these links to Academy Plan Guidelines and the Academy Plan Agreement. Meanwhile, here are only some specifics of the Academy Plan:

1. Students must already have a period A or period H study in their schedule. 

2. Students will complete and sign the Agreement, as does a parent/guardian (even if the student is 18) Forms are due to Guidance by Wednesday, Feb. 18.

3. There’s academic criteria (minimum requirement).

4. Mr. Dannible and Mrs. Clute will meet with students who qualify after checking attendance and conduct.

Slight Postponement: Little Mermaid Junior


The performance of The Little Mermaid Junior on Saturday, 1/24 at 4:00 pm in the Stockbridge Theatre will be held instead the next day: Sunday, 1/25 at 2:00pm.

The VEX Winter Classic

Pinkerton Academy Robotics team 241 F “The Final Frontier” dominated 48 teams at the VEX Winter Classic with a perfect 12-0 in matches, That gave 241F the tournament championship -- but they weren’t done!

Final Frontier also won the Design Award.

Pictured: Team 241F, pictured (L to R) Adam Hayward, Josh Asari, Captain Alex Griessel (back), Idrisa Batenga, and Dean Ly.

Three Pinkerton teams made the tournament’s quarter final, but the day belonged to 241 F. The event marked its second championship and design award. Advisor-Coach Ernie Biron says 241 F is easily one of the favored teams to compete in the New Hampshire state VEX Robotics championship in February.

The HOCKEY Winter Classic

Pinkerton Ice Hockey took it outside – skated in the great outdoors, that is, on Beaver Lake.

Coach Joey Lee worked with Tim Powers, Athletic Director, and Eric Bodenrader, Derry Parks and Recreation, to create a 3-on-3 tournament along the lines of the Winter Classic of the National Hockey League, which of course is along the lines of the pond hockey many young men and women experience in their earliest years of their skating.

Astro players wore home and away team jerseys to take sides – and the action was fast, furious and fun.

Here's how the Union Leader reported it...and here's how WMUR reported it.

Here's the Astros team page.

Coach Lee thanks the town of Derry for helping make the event possible from preparing ice surface to opening facilities at Gallein's Beach.

Random Acts of Kindness

Matt Cassidy, Electrician, is recognized at Pinkerton Academy for Random Acts of Kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness is a monthly acknowledgment of those who quietly and selflessly support a student or colleague.

Jo Welch, Administrative Support in the Senior Office, nominated Matt for helping a student whose car key had broken off in the ignition, after school and on a Friday.

College Fair Date Announced at Pinkerton

The annual College Fair 2015 at Pinkerton Academy will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm. NOTE this is a slightly rescheduled date from one previously published.

Students: Mark your calendars for an exciting evening in the Hackler Gymnasium with representatives of dozens of colleges and other post-secondary institutions. You have so many opportunities.

Feel free to print this out as a reminder!

Would You Turn Down $1,000?

The Boston Red Sox organization has $1,000 scholarships available to New Hampshire high school seniors...but you cannot win if you do not play!

Check it out here at the Red Sox website.

Friday, January 30th is the deadline to apply for a scholarship from the Red Sox Foundation.


The Sign Language Club at Pinkerton Academy is selling “Balloon-O-Grams” for delivery on Friday, February 13 -- the day before Valentine’s Day.

A Balloon-o-Gram  consists of 1,2,3, or 4 balloons attached to a take-out box with a homemade cupcake and your personal message. Gluten-free cupcakes are available.

Interested? Click here for an order form.

Destination: College!

Registration opens on February 5th for Destination College, the program at which New Hampshire colleges and universities get together so interested students and parents can check them out!

This event sells out fast; mark your calendar so you don’t miss out. Print out this poster as a reminder!

Destination College rotates each year between southern and northern NH locations. This year, it’s at Plymouth State University, on Saturday, March 14th.

High school seniors can win $1,000 and be the keynote speaker. For details on this opportunity and all-things-Destination College, visit the NHHEAF website.

By the way, when it is time to register: registration is required by both the parent(s) and student who will be attending.

Course Selection is Underway

Course selection is officially underway for the 2015-2016 school year at Pinkerton Academy.

Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors have received registration materials; underclass students will use these materials to submit course requests.

The Course Selection process:

January 15 – 26: Course recommendations are entered in Aspen by teachers

January 27 – February 6:  Course requests are entered in Aspen by students (This mostly pertains to electives, but also to other courses if students do not agree with a teacher recommendation. In that event, Guidance Counselors will work to reconcile any differences.)

** More dates are outlined in the Memo to Parents & Students (see below)**

NOTE: Teacher recommendations are extremely important to the Course Selection process; students should work closely with their teachers and Guidance Counselors to match course requests with course recommendations. Pinkerton would like to see all students appropriately challenged and following a curriculum path that supports their individual five-year plans.

Honors and Advanced Placement courses:

By January 16: Self-Evaluations and Contracts must be submitted to a student’s current teacher.

Supporting materials:

Click to open any document below:

Memo to Parents & Students
Course Catalog at Pinkerton
CTE Program Selection Guide
CTE Course Registration form
Honors & AP courses: Information presentation
Honors & AP courses: Student Self-Evaluation & Contract
Course Selection Waiver

The above documents are also available under Resources on the Pinkerton website. See “Course Selection 2015-2016.”

Coming Up For


Pinkerton Academy

COLLEGE VISITS: The Guidance Department regularly updates its list of visits to campus by colleges and other post-secondary institutions. A winter-spring list of college visits will be posted on this website when available.


Through February 8: The Scholastic Art Awards display is open to the public, in the Stockbridge Theatre foyer, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Exhibit will remain open for viewing during school day and public events at the Stockbridge Theatre)


Fri, 1/23: The Little Mermaid Junior, Stockbridge Theatre, 7:00 pm (performed by the West Running Brook Middle School Drama Club)


POSTPONED: The performance of The Little Mermaid Junior, on Saturday, 1/24 at 4:00 pm in the Stockbridge Theatre will be held instead the next day: Sunday, 1/25 at 2:00pm.


Mon, 1/26: 8th Grade Info Day; various locations, all day (Incoming PA students learn from current PA students in CTE, ROTC, Fine Arts & Athletics)


Mon, 1/26 & Tues, 1/27: Teacher Workshop Days
(No school both days)


Sat, 1/31: NH Theatre Awards, Stockbridge Theatre, 7:00 pm

Pinkerton Academy Weather

Local conditions and forecast provided by the WeatherBug station in the Ek Science Center at Pinkerton Academy.

For access to the Student Planner, Course Catalog, The Crow newsletter and other Pinkerton materials, click Resources here or the Resources link at top right of this website. For reunion information, click here. For information on the Critic yearbook, click here.

Vision Statement

Pinkerton Academy students will gain the critical knowledge, skills, and deeper understanding necessary to develop goals, become thinkers and communicators, and grow as responsible and productive citizens. While celebrating the strengths of our traditions, we encourage innovation in response to a changing world.

Mission Statement

As a unique, independent academy, Pinkerton Academy’s mission is to strive to ensure the growth of all students in a challenging, respectful, and collaborative environment. The Academy fosters a student-centered community with purposefully designed, interactive, and relevant learning opportunities.


Pinkerton Academy

5 Pinkerton St.

Derry, NH 03038

Main Office - (603) 437-5200