Tell us about Devereux School. Devereux School is a Montessori inspired school founded in Marblehead in 1932. We accommodate preschool students from 3 years old all the way up to the 3rd grade. Our nearly one hundred Devereux students are currently taught in 5 classrooms/buildings. In addition to traditional school subjects, Devereux inspires a love of nature with daily walks in the woods and yoga, as well as piano, art and chorus. All students receive daily French lessons from our French language Directors. The Devereux School was purchased in 2010 by Dr. Todd Zion, all whose three children attended the school. Todd’s ownership coincided with substantial investment in both infrastructure and faculty. Although the school has grown in both size and enrollment under Todd’s leadership, we’ve been cognizant of the importance of carefully balancing the traditions and history of the past with the needs of our twenty-first century families.

We’re also pleased to offer a fourth/fifth grade class, Devereux@Waring. The D@W classroom accommodates sixteen students and is located on the Waring School campus in Beverly. Our fourth/fifth grade program was founded in 2016. The program has grown year over year, and we currently have two full time teachers and sixteen students. D@W attracts students from all over the north shore and students get to experience not only the wonderful scenery of the Waring campus but also enjoy all the fantastic Waring facilities such as the gym, theater, art studios and greenhouse.  

Our students also benefit from participation in the weekly Waring all-school meetings as well as additional tutoring from Waring seniors. Whilst many of our graduating fifth graders move on to sixth grade at Waring, others return to their local school districts or other area private schools. No matter their destination, our students are well prepared for the next stages of their education.

What sets the Devereux School apart from other schools? Our student-teacher ratios are unparalleled across all grades. We have five native French speaking teachers, and our students begin to learn French at three years old. We provide at least one full day of French immersion to all nursery students, with our older nursery students receiving two days. Also, we encourage community service, even amongst our youngest students. The Merry Mixers, My Brothers Table, Spur, LifeBridge and Newhall Fields Community Farm are just a few of the organizations that benefit from our group efforts. Additionally, our school day ends at 4pm and we offer daily after school care to all age groups. Lastly, our tuition rates are the lowest of any private school on the North Shore.

What type of Camp Programs do you provide? We offer seven weeks of summer camp. Families can sign up for individual weeks or all seven weeks. For new incoming school students, a couple of weeks at Camp Devereux is a great way for them to become accustomed to their new surroundings. Since 1932, Devereux School has offered Camp Devereux to both our own students and the public. It’s a wonderful summertime environment ideal for traditional summer activities such as designing a sandcastle, relaxing on a blanket, making bead jewelry, or organizing a basketball or soccer game with old and new friends. Campers can help in the vegetable garden or observe butterflies in our newly planted butterfly patch. Campers enjoy the use of our newly refurbished and heated pool and receive daily swim instruction under the guidance of our Aquatic Director and two certified lifeguards. Throughout the summer we provide activities that express Devereux School’s appreciation of the arts such as music, nature, yoga, gymnastics, and French. 

Devereux School
44 Smith St, Marblehead
[email protected] or 781-631-0029


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