Values and Honesty

The Deerfield Values Statement

A student-authored statement guides all our actions, behavior, and conduct at Deerfield Academy. It reads:

“I will act with respect, honesty, and concern for others and will seek to inspire the same values in our community and beyond.”

This statement should be regarded as the single most important rule at Deerfield.


Any community can survive only in an atmosphere where honesty—and the trust that results—is a guiding principle; at Deerfield we value honesty above all. Dishonesty is a breach of trust and subjects a student to disciplinary action. In the case of lying during a disciplinary hearing, students may be liable for dismissal.