Students who want to pursue special projects during the afternoon may, instead of playing a sport, apply for a co-curricular exemption. Freshmen and sophomores are still expected to participate in two terms of interscholastic sports.
In order to take part in an exemption, students must have a set plan and find an advisor to guide them throughout the process. Before submitting their proposal, they must discuss their project with both their project advisor and academic advisor. If students already have co-curricular commitments, then they may be able to pursue their project during the class day by doing an alternate or directed study.
Examples of past co-curricular exemptions include:
- Compiling and publishing a book of profiles of Deerfield’s staff
- Conducting surveys on student life and culture
- Directing a theatrical production
- Projects in painting and drawing
- Photography projects
- Video projects
- Writing and publishing a book of poems
- Writing and publishing a novel