The Personal Communication Enrichment class improves social communication skills. Students work in groups and learning is activity-based. Shown, students talk through stacking cups by using yarn, paper clips, etc. but without touching the cups.

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Join the 200th Anniversary Gala -- an incredible evening of lavish food, festive fun and big-time fireworks!


September 27

Reception Begins 5:30pm

The Stockbridge Theatre

Get tickets by clicking here or call 437-5210 between 9:00 am and 1:30pm, Monday through Friday. Here's more info!

ALSO: Mike Morin '68 of Geiger Brothers has put together a special collection of Pinkerton 200th gifts and clothing to commemorate this event.

Shop now by clicking here!

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@

Think Graduation, Parents!

Parents: Would you like to celebrate your student's success?

Create a Custom Ad for The Critic, the yearbook of Pinkerton Academy!

It's all done on-line. For details, click here or visit You'll love the simple process.

First Day to Order: How about now?
Last Day to order:  December 6, 2014

Take advantage of the moment! Beat the December rush.

Fritz Visits PA!

Local TV personality Fritz Weatherbee of WMUR Channel 9 visited Pinkerton Academy, preparing a story on the 200th anniversary of Pinkerton’s founding.

Shown, Fritz sets up in the Main Office of The Shepard Building.

Details will be announced on this website when the Pinkerton story, as told by the one and only Fritz Weatherbee, is shown on the Chronicle program of WMUR.

Spirit Week

It's SPIRIT WEEK! 9/15-9/19

Monday: Sports/College
Tuesday: American/patriotic
Wednesday: Hawaiian
Thursday: Super Hero (NO MASKS!)
Friday: Red & White

You know what happens Friday: The fall Pep Rally!

Get your SPIRIT on!

Headmasters Confer

Headmaster Griffin Morse of Pinkerton Academy hosted a visit by counterpart Tom Lovett, Headmaster of St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont.

St. Johnsbury Academy and Pinkerton Academy share many characteristics including their respective size as largest in their state, governance by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, curriculum including career and technical services, and more.

During his visit, Lovett remarked that he was one member of the visiting team which toured and reviewed Pinkerton Academy during its reaccreditation process in 2010.

Visit for more about St. Johnsbury Academy.

Senior Privs

Seniors + Privileges =  Senior Privileges, right?

Yes…but to qualify for Senior Privileges, criteria must be met and then a senior may spend NON-CLASS TIME outside the buildings (instead of a structured study hall).

Click here for the Senior Privileges permission slip to be signed by a parent (even if the student is 18) and returned to the Senior Office.

Here are the criteria for Senior Privileges:

* Earn a minimum of 16 credits for Fall eligibility and 18 credits for Spring
* Pay class dues IN FULL
* Have NO outstanding debt to the Academy (including owed books)
* Be in good standing with Discipline Office

ALSO: * Have earned passing grades in ALL subjects for previous quarter (4th quarter junior year for Fall privs & 3rd quarter senior year for Spring privs)

Freshmen Reception

The annual Freshmen Reception on Friday, October 3 introduces the newest students at Pinkerton Academy to the Board of Trustees, teachers and administration.
Freshmen Reception consists of students meeting Academy personnel, followed by a presentation and Freshmen-only dance.

Being the first dance of these students at Pinkerton, event rules and procedures will be new. Parents and students are encouraged to review these details found here prior to the Freshmen Reception.

Off-Campus College Events

Two local schools are about to host college fairs on their respective institutions:

On Wednesday, September 17, Trinity High School in Manchester will hold a College Fair at which over 100 schools and colleges will participate. This Fair runs from 7:00-8:30pm at Trinity, 581 Bridge Street, Manchester. Click here for more information.

On Sunday, September 21, Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill will hold a College Fair at which approximately 150 schools and colleges will participate. This Fair runs from 1:00-3:00pm in the Sports & Fitness Center. Click here for more information. 

Random Acts of Kindness

Patrick O’Reilly of the Student Information Services department 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.

Patrick was nominated for his above-and-beyond help with the new Aspen software system.

“Patrick set us up, gave us special training, and performed specialized tweaking to accommodate what our department needs. We appreciate his extra time and instruction, especially knowing the challenges of implementing a new software system.”

Remembering September 11

A ceremony at Pinkerton Academy marked the 13th anniversary of September 11th. Cadets in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps raised the flag to half-staff and solemn remarks were offered in memory of lives lost and left behind.

Other views of the 911 ceremony are available here.

Homecoming Dance: Corrected Date

The date of the Homecoming Dance is listed incorrectly on page 2 of the September edition of The Crow. (It is correctly listed in the calendar on page 3.)

The correct date of the Homecoming Dance is Friday, September 19. That is the start of Homecoming Weekend.

Tickets are on sale through Friday, September 12 (this week) for the Homecoming Dance. Tickets may be purchased during lunches however this event sells out rapidly, so please buy soon. Tickets are $15.00; they are not sold at the door. You will need both your ticket and Pinkerton identification to enter the Homecoming Dance.

Questions may be directed to Mr. Breda, Room 306 or

Again, the Homecoming Dance is Friday, September 19. It runs from 7:00-10:00pm in the Academy Building Cafeteria.

WANTED: Student Pictures for The Yearbook (All Year!)

The Critic wants pictures from parents and students! Share your shots of school events, activities, and sports on ReplayIt.  Just go to; then register with your e-mail address and the password Astros2015.

By posting your pix, you’ll give yearbook staff potentially thousands of pictures to use in the 2015 edition of The Critic! (This is the yearbook ending Pinkerton Academy’s 200th year!)

Every participant gets code-specific password in June so everyone can see all photos uploaded during the school year.

Help capture the people, places, and moments of Pinkerton throughout 2014-2015!

SAT: Group Tutoring & Free Practice Tests

Tutoring and free practice exams for the Scholastic Aptitude Test are available to Pinkerton Academy students.

Revolution Prep will conduct a group tutoring session at Pinkerton Academy starting in late September to help students prepare for the upcoming SAT to be conducted on October 11th. Deadline to sign up for the group tutoring session is Tuesday, September 16th. Click here for rates and more information. Click here to register for the group session at Pinkerton.

A free Scholastic Aptitude Test Practice Exam will be held on two occasions in September:

* The Hampstead Public Library is offering a SAT Practice Exam on Saturday, September 13 at the Library, from 9:00am to approximately 1:00pm. Students do not need to live in Hampstead to participate. Contact the Hampstead Public Library at 329-6411 or email for more information and to register. Spaces are limited and advance registration is required.

* Revolution Prep is offering a free SAT Practice Exam on Saturday, September 20. For more information, write

MyLunchMoney - New Food Program

The recent Back-To-School mailing included information on setting up a new food services account called MyLunchMoney. You are now able to make electronic deposits for this program.

Parents can say goodbye to sending cash and checks to the school cafeteria, by creating a secure on-line account and can manage their student’s life easily and conveniently. Whether it’s viewing what meals your child purchased for the week, or simply setting weekly or daily spending limits for your child, MyLunchMoney provides you with a direct link to your student’s school wherever you have internet access.

Now parents can experience the benefits of using MyLunchMoney by taking advantage of some of our popular features including: spending history, low balance notification, smart pay, expired credit card notification, meal control settings, spending limits, and multi-student funding.

For information and to set up an account, visit the website here.

Coming Up At


Pinkerton Academy

BUS QUESTIONS? Please direct inquiries about bus transportation to the company which serves your town. Pinkerton does not provide bus service; local communities arrange their own service. These companies are listed at  listed at the bottom of the page found here.


Monday-Friday, 9/15-19:

Spirit Week!

(see story to left)


Tues, 9/16: Headmaster-Parent Meeting, 6:30pm, Academy Building Lecture Hall (NEW LOCATION (see story to left)


Thurs, 9/18: Election for Freshman class officers during lunch periods, Media Center of the Academy Building


Thurs, 9/18: Early Release Day (Classes end 12:30pm; buses depart 12:45pm)


Fri, 9/19: Homecoming Dance 7:00-10:00pm in the Academy Building Cafe


Sat, 9/27: The 200th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Pinkerton Academy (see story to left)


Now Open: On-line Registration for Fall Sports Click here to register

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.

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