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