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Visit the Deerfield Parents Network website to see the schedule of events for the weekend.

The Deerfield Experience

Attending Deerfield is an exciting possibility. Each of our 630 students has the opportunity to contribute to our community in meaningful ways while benefiting from the experiences of others. Approximately 25% of our student body identifies as U.S. students of color, 18% identifies as foreign nationals or US citizens living abroad and another 12% are day students from the Pioneer Valley. Deerfield students represent 41 states and 37 countries in all.  To get a more detailed understanding of what makes each year’s student experience unique, select your class of interest.

9th Grade

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Deerfield welcomes approximately 100 students for the 9th grade class. Ninth grade students have the benefit of four opportunity-filled years at Deerfield.

Academics

The academic year is divided into three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Classes are held Monday through Friday; there are no Saturday classes. Students typically carry five graded courses each term with the option of taking a sixth course upon faculty approval. We believe that this schedule best suits students’ sound educational development.

Every 9th grade student is placed into English I. Our English department adheres to a sequence that emphasizes the development of critical thinking, careful reading, and clear expression of ideas. With the exception of English I, entering students are not required to adhere to a pre-determined program. Students are encouraged to explore the human experience in our philosophy and religious studies courses and develop their artistic sensibilities through our arts offerings.  With that exception, entering students are not required to adhere to a pre-determined program. Students will be placed in subjects such as mathscience, and foreign language according to their demonstrated ability. For some courses, placement will be determined by a student’s previous academic program, and for other courses a placement test will be required for enrollment.

Co-Curriculars

All students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity each term. Students may choose from interscholastic or intramural athletic teams, performing arts, or community service activities. Co-curriculars meet five afternoons per week, with athletic games, rehearsals, or extended activities scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Residential Life

Ninth grade students live in single gender dorms comprised of 9th and 10th graders. Within each dorm, the corridor is the focus of life for boarding students. Typically, ten students live on a corridor of single rooms with their faculty resident and senior proctors. Proctors guide new students in learning how to live with others and work closely with their faculty resident to ensure that students’ needs are met. Supervised study hours take place on weeknight evenings, during which students are expected to study quietly in their rooms. Even though rooms are not assigned to our day students, they are integrated into the residential system as well, matched with a corridor and encouraged to be involved in feeds, dorm meetings, and sleepovers.

10th Grade

Deerfield welcomes approximately 50 new tenth grade students per year to make a sophomore class size of 150 students. 

Academics

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The academic year is divided into three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Classes are held Monday through Friday; there are no Saturday classes. Students typically carry five graded courses each term with the option of taking a sixth course upon faculty approval. We believe that this schedule best suits students’ sound educational development.

All sophomore students are placed into English II, a year-long British Literature course. With this exception, entering students are not required to adhere to a pre-determined program. Students are encouraged to explore the human experience in our philosophy and religious studies courses and develop their artistic sensibilities through our arts offerings. Students will be placed in subjects such as mathscience, and foreign language according to their demonstrated ability. For some courses placement will be determined by a student’s previous academic program, and for other courses a placement test will be required for enrollment. Courses taken as part of a previous academic program will be considered for credit towards Deerfield’s graduation requirements.

Co-Curriculars

All students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity each term. Students may choose from interscholastic or intramural athletic teams, performing arts, or community service activities. Co-curriculars meet five afternoons per week, with athletic games, rehearsals, or extended activities scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Residential Life

Sophomore students live in single gender dorms comprised of 9th and 10th graders. Within each dorm, the corridor is the focus of life for boarding students. Typically, ten students live on a corridor of single rooms with their faculty resident and senior proctors. Proctors guide new students in learning how to live with others and work closely with their faculty resident to ensure that students’ needs are met. Supervised study hours take place on weeknight evenings, during which students are expected to study quietly in their rooms. Even though rooms are not assigned to our day students, they are integrated into the residential system as well, matched with a corridor and encouraged to be involved in feeds, dorm meetings, and sleepovers.

11th Grade

Deerfield welcomes approximately 20 new 11th grade students per year to make an overall junior class size of 170 students. 

Academics

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The academic year is divided into three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Classes are held Monday through Friday; there are no Saturday classes. Students typically carry five graded courses each term with the option of taking a sixth course upon faculty approval. We believe that this schedule best suits students’ sound educational development.

Juniors choose one of several US History courses and one of several English III courses that focus on selected topics in American literature. With those exceptions, entering students are not required to adhere to a pre-determined program. Students are encouraged to explore the human experience in our philosophy and religious studies courses and develop their artistic sensibilities in our arts courses. Students will be placed in subjects such as mathscience, and foreign language according to their demonstrated ability. For some courses placement will be determined by a student’s previous academic program, and for other courses a placement test will be required for enrollment. Courses taken as part of a previous secondary school program will be considered for credit towards Deerfield’s graduation requirements.

We begin our individual college advising work with 11th graders midway through the year, so students entering as juniors will be right in sync with their classmates. 

Co-Curriculars

All students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity each term. Students may choose from interscholastic or intramural athletic teams, performing arts, or community service activities. Co-curriculars meet five afternoons per week, with athletic games, rehearsals, or extended activities scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Residential Life

Eleventh grade students live in single gender dorms comprised of junior, senior, and post-graduate year students. Within each dorm, the corridor is the focus of life for boarding students. Typically, 12 to 15 students live with a faculty resident on a corridor made up of single and double rooms. Juniors, seniors and post-graduate students are allowed to spend their study hours in one of many locations on campus considered to be a suitable place of study. Students return to their dorms after study hours to have a dorm feed with their faculty resident, socialize or continue to study in their dorms. 

Post-Graduate Year

Experience_Grade12Deerfield welcomes approximately 25 new post-graduate students* per year. Post-graduates are considered members of the senior class of approximately 195 students, and are eligible to participate in all school programs. Students seeking a PG year typically seek one additional year to mature and/or maximize their potential before applying to college. Post-graduates are a vital part of the Deerfield community, and we count on them to strengthen school spirit, provide exceptional leadership and draw on their own experiences to mentor other Deerfield students.

*We also consider admission for the occasional 12th grade student who demonstrates exceptional abilities.

Academics

The academic year is divided into three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Classes are held Monday through Friday; there are no Saturday classes. Students typically carry five graded courses each term with the option of taking a sixth course upon faculty approval. We believe that this schedule best suits students’ sound educational development.

Shortly after indicating their intention to attend Deerfield, new seniors and post-graduates will be assigned a college advisor. At that time, advisors will be in touch with students to assist in course selection and discuss college plans to ensure that they are well prepared for the college process before they arrive in September.

Post-graduate students required to choose from a variety of year-long English electives. With that exception, entering students are not required to adhere to a pre-determined program. Students who choose to take mathscience, and/or foreign language will be placed according to their demonstrated ability. For some courses placement will be determined by a student’s previous program, and for other courses a placement test will be required for enrollment. In addition, students encouraged to explore the human experience in our philosophy and religious studies courses and develop their artistic sensibilities in our arts courses. Courses taken as part of a previous academic secondary school program will be considered for credit toward a Deerfield diploma. Because of the breadth of course offerings at the senior level, the post-graduate year curriculum is largely based on electives of the student’s choosing based on his or her needs, interests, and college aspirations.

Co-Curriculars

All students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity each term. Students may choose from interscholastic or intramural athletic teams, performing arts, or community service activities. Co-curriculars meet five afternoons per week, with athletic games, rehearsals, or extended activities scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Residential Life

Post-graduate students live in single gender dorms comprised of junior, senior, and post-graduate year students. Within each dorm, the corridor is the focus of life for boarding students. Typically, 12 to 15 students live with a faculty resident on a corridor made up of single and double rooms. Juniors, seniors and post-graduate students are allowed to spend their study hours in one of many locations on campus considered to be a suitable place of study. Students return to their dorms after study hours to have a dorm feed with their faculty resident, socialize or continue to study in their dorms. 

International Students

International students can expect much the same new student experience as their classmates. However, we are aware that the transition to a new school and a new culture can be challenging in many ways. Here, we note a few programs Deerfield has implemented to address the particular needs of international students.

Orientation & Student Life

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New international students are invited to a special orientation program in early September. During the school year, the International Club offers any Deerfield student the opportunity to share his or her culture through informal socializing, dances, and meals. The club also organizes day trips around New England.

In addition to their regular aculty advisor, international students share an International Student Advisor, Francoise Ellis, who oversees the International Student Orientation Program and serves as a resource for our international students throughout the school year. If you need further information concerning international student admission, please contact our International Application Coordinator, Jose J. Briones at jbriones@deerfield.edu.