At Deerfield, spirit and tradition run deep. Tomorrow our teams compete in the final games of the fall athletic season, which is preceded by spirit week when our students take part in new as well as longstanding traditions. Last night, cheerleaders did their annual spirit run where they led each dormitory in battle cries that could be heard throughout the village. Today everyone shows their support by donning their green and white, and tonight — the bonfire rally on the south fields.
While visiting schools, it’s important to ask yourself, “Can I see myself here? What are the ways in which I could contribute to this community? Are the academic, athletic, arts and other co-curricular opportunities what I’m looking for?” Most importantly, “Does this place feel like it could be my home away from home?” Consider your answers to these questions, and you’re off to a great start in the application process.This year, seeing prospective families touring amidst the display of Deerfield spirit and pride, I am reminded of how important it is for you, the prospective student, to find the right school community for you. I’ve had many prospective families ask me what are the most important criteria when considering boarding schools. If you are considering Deerfield, I have no doubt that academic excellence is of the utmost importance to you. But when considering a school, place, community, opportunity and culture are equally important.