Graduation Requirements

All students are required to take:

  • Five graded courses during each term of their Deerfield careers. Students may also choose to take some Visual and Performing Arts courses as 6th courses pass-fail, or petition to take a sixth graded course. 
  • Four years of English, at least one to be taken during each of freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years. Doubling up in any one year does not satisfy another year’s requirement.
  • Three years of mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; Geometry can be taken in the same year as either Algebra I or II).
  • Three years of one foreign language.*
  • *Students for whom English is a second language may request a waiver of this requirement.
  • Two years of history: one year of non-U.S. taken in either freshman or sophomore year; and one year of U.S. History, usually taken in the junior year.
  • Two years of laboratory science.
  • Two terms of Visual/Performing Arts (three and four-year students only).
  • One term of Philosophy or Religion (three and four-year students only).
  • One term of Health Issues (taken in sophomore year as a sixth, non-credit course; required of three and four-year students only)

A student in good standing shall be eligible for a Deerfield diploma upon successful completion of all courses.

Depending on the grade level when entering Deerfield, students must complete all requirements. While students who enter Deerfield as juniors or seniors are not strictly held to these requirements, the school believes they offer appropriate guidelines and expects all students to fulfill them as best they can.

In addition to completing the academic requirements listed above, participation in athleticstheatercommunity service, or some significant afternoon activity or program each term is required of all students.

A four-year planning worksheet is available as a PDF to assist in visualizing a suitable four-year course of study.

 

 

NCAA Requirements

NCAA has specific requirements for eligibility. If you have aspirations to play NCAA athletics at a Division I or Division II college, you must meet their core course requirements by the end of your fourth year of high school, which can be difficult if you have repeated a grade or gone to an international high school.

Core Courses Required

There are 16 core course requirements for Division I and 14 for Division II colleges.

Course Division I Division II
English 4 years 3 years
Math (Algebra I or higher) 3 years 2 years
Natural/Physical Science
(1 year of lab if offered by high school)
2 years 2 years
Additional English, Math, or
Natural/Physical Science
1 year 2 years
Social Science 2 years 2 years
Additional Courses (from any area above,
foreign language, or non-doctrinal religion/philosophy)
4 years 3 years

College-bound student-athletes first entering an NCAA Division I college or university on or after August 2016 will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletic aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first year.

Repeating a Grade

From the time you first begin ninth grade, you have four years to complete your core course requirements.THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT: if you repeated a grade, your window for completing all requisite courses closes at the end of your junior year.

Further, when repeating a grade upon entering Deerfield, you may lose NCAA credit for one or more classes—often in English, occasionally in math—taken at your previous school. If NCAA deems that two courses duplicate each other, they will deny credit for one.

One way to have your eligibility status checked is to request an early determination by the NCAA. The NCAA will consider this only in your junior (or third) year (see “Juniors” below). Overt interest from a college can be a powerful catalyst. If a college is interested in you, please let the NCAA know as soon as possible. The college can then act on your behalf, in facilitating an early determination of eligibility. Final approval is based on a completed transcript.

What You Need to Do

Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Start planning now!
  • Work hard to get the best grades possible.
  • Choose NCAA-approved classes.

Juniors (or students in their third year of eligibility)

  • At the beginning of your third year, log on to the NCAA Eligibility Center website at eligibilitycenter.org and register.
  • Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and use the NCAA Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient. (Test score requirements are listed on the website.)
  • Double-check to make sure that you are taking NCAA-approved courses.
  • Request that your high school official transcript be sent to NCAA Eligibility Center after completing your third year of high school. (No faxes; go to Transcript Request Form.)
  • Prior to registration for your fourth year of high school, check with the Academic Dean’s office and the NCAA Eligibility Center to determine the number of core courses that need to be completed that year (i.e., before your window of eligibility closes).

More detailed information can be found on the NCAA website.

Failure to meet requirements could result in you not being able to play Division I or Division II sports in college. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to ensure you have met the NCAA eligibility requirements.