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.

  • Campus Visit
  • Application Process
  • Sending Towns
  • Registrar
  • Special Education Info

Original SchoolhouseWhether you are an incoming freshman or a transfer student new to the area, deciding about or trying to become familar with your next school, it is recommended that you experience it firsthand, even if only for a short visit. One of the best ways to get to know Pinkerton Academy's extensive curriculum, campus, activities and departments is to take a campus tour. We offer both private and group tours on a first-come, first-serve basis.

On your tour, you will explore the campus buildings, spaces and fields across the Pinkerton Academy campus while also getting the chance to ask questions, meet teachers, and see how our students learn. Do you have a specific interest? We can tailor our tour and the people you can be introduced to with those interests in mind.

When planning, please understand that we can accommodate a maximum of two families per tour. We offer tours each Wednesday at 8:30 am and 3:00 pmPlease call or email to reserve your spot.

We look forward to meeting you!

Alumni Center / The Original Academy Building

5 Pinkerton Street
Derry, NH 03038
603-437-5217 Ext. 1
[email protected] 


Welcome to Pinkerton! 

At Pinkerton, an independent academy serving the south, central area of New Hampshire, there are two basic application procedures to choose from.


If you reside in a Pinkerton sending town...

Pinkerton's five sending towns (Auburn, Candia, Chester, Derry, Hampstead and Hooksett) contract with Pinkerton to be their high school of record for their residents. Students who reside in our five sending those towns will automatically be admitted into Pinkerton, except under unusual circumstances. 

If you do NOT reside in a Pinkerton sending town...

Students who reside outside these contracting towns are encouraged to apply but will be expected to pay tuition privately. The student body at Pinkerton is currently represented by students from over 20 towns in New Hampshire, including the five sending towns. For questions regarding the admissions process, contact Rosa Matos in the Headmaster's Office. Ms. Matos can be reached by phone (603.437.5200, Ext. 3101) or by email ([email protected]). We encourage new and transfer students to visit the campus or schedule a guided tour to visit it during the school day.


Pinkerton Academy admits qualified students of any race, color, disability, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, and sexual orientation to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate in violation of any law or statute in the administration or our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, athletics or other school-administered programs.

Pinkerton Academy's Contracted Sending Towns

Since 1948 Pinkerton has enjoyed close, cooperative relations with many area school districts, entering into long-term agreements that are still close, strong and thriving today. Pinkerton serves as the high school of record, completing the K-12 educational path for the students from these sending towns. Currently, students from Auburn, Chester, Derry, Hampstead and Hooksett attend Pinkerton as their high school of record; Candia has contracted for its students to begin entering in the fall of 2018. To find out more about our sending towns, their school districts and their school boards, click the links below to their sites.

Derry, SAU 10 - Derry School District Site

Chester, SAU 82 - Chester Academy Site

Hampstead, SAU 55 - Hampstead SD Site

Candia, SAU 15 (to begin fall 2018) - Candia Schools Site

Hooksett, SAU 15 - Hooksett Schools Site

Auburn, SAU 15 - Auburn Village School site

Individual students from over 20 towns in New Hampshire attend Pinkerton, either by town contracts or by paying tuition privately as a family, following the Admissions procedures for applications and enrollment.

Registration Procedures, Schedules and Required Documents
(for new students and families)

Registrar's Office

3rd Floor, Low Building

Registration Dates During the Summer are set on specific dates in August and you must call for an appointment prior to registration.

To call to schedule an appointment: (603) 437-5200 Ext: 1177

Hours: 6:30am-2:30pm

Registration for Transfer Students During the School Year:

Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00am-2:00pm

MUST: Call for an appointment prior to rgistration.

New registrations will not be done during the first few days of school.

When you call for an appointment you will be spending about 15 minutes on the phone with the registrar to complete data information on your student.

Parents who are planning to register their high school student, need to take the following steps:

  1. Students must be officially withdrawn from previous school.

  2. Parent MUST obtain the following records from the previous school:

    • Unofficial Transcript including final grades and credits (if going into grades 10-12)

    • Final 8th grade report card and proof of promotion (if going into grade 9)

    • Immunization Records & Most Recent Physical

    • I.E.P. and most recent testing (if special education coded)

  3. Parent must provide whatever applies in step 2 as well as Proof of Residency and Proof of Custody and the student's Birth Certificate. Acceptable forms of residency proof are a lease, tax bill, or mortgage statement. These documents must be in the name of the parent who is registering the student. Nothing else will be accepted. If you are divorced, you must provide legal documentation that you are the custodial parent. Students will not be allowed to start school without these documents.

  4. Complete a release_of_records_incoming.pdf, giving Pinkerton permission to acquire records from another school.

  5. Parent will be given an appointment time with the counselor

PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT TIME WITH THE COUNSELOR. During this time you will meet with the Registrar. You will be expected to provide all the paperwork necessary at this time. Once that is complete you will be sent to the counselor. The entire process will take approximately 1 hour. THE STUDENT MUST BE WITH YOU FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.


Are you moving to the area? Transferring from another school? Returning to Pinkerton as a former student?

If you are a special education student (a student with a current IEP) thinking of coming to PA, here are some tips you need to know about the process.

The staff at Pinkerton Academy is committed to preparing you for success in life and making your high school experience the best it can be. We always suggest that you get familiar with the area. If you would like to take a tour of our campus, please go to Pinkerton's homepage click Admissions and then you will see the tab for taking a campus tour.

Once you are ready, start the steps listed below.

Contact the Registrars office: Ms. Cofrin or Ms. Braley 603-437-5200x 1177 and let them know your situation. For more information about the Registrar's business hours: please go to Pinkerton website home page, click Admissions button and open the registrar tab. Their office is located at the end of the hall on the 3rd flr of the Low Building Room 5-305.

They will let you know everything you need to do and collect before you can meet with them to register at Pinkerton as a Special Education student. They will set up a Special Education meeting for your student at the same time. Listed below are the things you will need to get ready before this meeting takes place.

Please make sure you have all necessary documents in hand before you arrive. This helps the process go smoothly and a bit faster if everything is complete and ready to roll.

 The items that you will need are listed below.

 A completed record release consent form and the following:

  • Proof of residency (tax bill, lease or mortgage statement)
  • Copy of students Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record and copy of most recent Physical Exam
  • Unoffical Transcript from last school attended
  • Proof of promotion from grade 8 (for incoming Freshman only) and 8th grade report card
  • Grades to date of withdrawal
  • Current IEP and last 3 years of Evaluations/Testing (IMPORTANT:MUST BE PROVIDED PRIOR TO MEETING TIME) If you do not have these documents prior to your scheduled meeting date please call to reschedule. These documents are required for the Special Education Meeting. Special Education IEP's and Testing/Eval information can be faxed prior to the meeting to our fax # 603-437-5207 Attn: L Forkey Special Education or they can be emailed to [email protected].  I suggest calling the Special Education Office at 603-437-5200 x 1136 to confirm receipt.
  • Proof of Court Appointed Guardianship (if applicable)
  • Proof of Physical Custody and current Parent Plan (if applicable)

All the items listed above in black can be sent to the Registrar: Ms. Cofrin via fax 603-437-5207 Attn: Registrar and please note "new registration on the coverpage" or via email [email protected] Subject: New Registration Information.

Once the meeting is set it will take about one hour to complete the process. Your student must be present for the meeting.

If you have questions about the Special Education Transition process please call the Special Education/Student Services office at 603-437-5200 x1136. Student Services are locatated on the 3rd flr of the Low Building Room 5-301.

We appreciate your team work and cooperation in this process. Our ultimate goal is to make the transition easy and enjoyable.

Welcome to PA!- GO ASTROS!