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.


Dr. Timothy Powers, Headmaster

Welcome to Pinkerton Academy. A rich blend of history, traditions, and innovation allows PA to serve as the “High School of Record” for its six sending towns: Auburn, Candia, Chester, Derry, Hampstead, and Hooksett. Pinkerton offers the best of both private and public high schools -- over 320 courses to choose from, a diverse inclusiveness of all students, and a broad, imaginative curriculum that adapts to the demands of our era. Our roots go back over 200 years in Derry with poet Robert Frost as a former teacher and astronaut Alan B. Shepard as one of many distinguished alums.

Courtesy, respect, and responsibility are at the heart of our community and guide our decisions, our behavior, and our passion for learning. Whether you are in the classrooms, on the sports fields, in the theatre, in the Boardroom, or on the pathways across campus, you will see these tenets displayed. Winning the N.H.I.A.A Sportsmanship Banner is as important to us as winning State Titles and National Competitions, as our students proudly and graciously do. The collaborative demands of today’s learning styles work especially well in our classrooms where students demonstrate the educational values of courtesy, respect, and responsibility.

Pinkerton is fortunate to have a committed and talented faculty who not only teach but also advise in over sixty extra-curricular activities and coach more than 90% of our teams. Knowing students from many contexts allows them to use differentiated approaches that encourage all students to perform at their best. Conversely, our students/athletes know their mentors, teachers, coaches, and advisors well and interact with them throughout the day, finding them for quick chats, planning sessions, and advice.

As students enter from local middle schools, they are encouraged to make their “5-year Plan,” a vision of their four years at Pinkerton and the start of a career. This allows them to create a fluid selection of courses that will also provide roots for this career. Indeed, our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department is unmatched in the state, offering nineteen career paths on our campus within the same schedule as all our courses, enabling a broad and diverse foundation for future studies and work. I am proud to come across our students in local jobs and internships (extended learning opportunities) throughout the year, learning work skills, professional manner and financing their future education plans.

Two hundred years of Pinkerton’s education provides a strong tradition, but those years of success also confirm the extraordinary strength of the learning while further encouraging innovation in our curriculum for a changing and more global world. Explore and join us in our pursuits – inclusion is what makes Pinkerton the great school that it is today.