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