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  • How are students placed in the appropriate level of math and language classes?

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    Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Office of the Academic Dean.

  • What study abroad options does Deerfield offer?

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    Deerfield has a wide net of international associations, and therefore has the ability to offer a broad spectrum of study abroad opportunities. Semesters abroad in Jordan, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas are highlights of Deerfield’s international programs, which also include Round Square service trips, a variety of School Year Abroad opportunities, exchange programs, and faculty-led trips to places such as the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Colombia and China.

  • When do students typically study abroad?

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    Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

  • What languages does Deerfield offer?

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    Deerfield offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Latin, and Spanish. Seniors can study beginning levels of other languages through Directed Study Projects.

  • Does studying abroad set students back academically?

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    Deerfield’s study abroad partner schools offer a comparable set of courses, so students can fulfill Academy requirements with little or no penalty to their academic progress. All students who are thinking about studying abroad should meet with Director of Studies Lydia Hemphill for assistance in planning their study abroad experience.

  • Does studying abroad require proficiency in a foreign language?

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    Language requirements vary by program. Consult individual program web sites for more information.

  • How are students placed in language classes?

    Students indicate which language they would like to take on their Course Request Form. If they have not taken that language previously, then they are automatically assigned to level one. Students who have taken a language before will be placed in an appropriate level. In the case of French and Spanish, students take an online placement test to determine their class. For other languages, students are placed according to their academic transcripts. If either a student or his or her language teacher feel that a student was placed inappropriately, then they can work together to find a more suitable level.

  • Are students required to take a language class each year?

    Students are required to take either three years of one language or, with approval of the Language Department, two years of two languages.

  • Are there opportunities for students to apply the language skills they have learned outside the classroom?

    As an SYA member school, Deerfield is able to offer a wide range of study abroad options. In addition to spending school years living and learning languages in foreign countries, Deerfield students can also participate in faculty-led trips during the spring and summer, which allow students to use their language skills in practical settings, under the guidance of Deerfield language faculty.

  • Are there any language clubs?

    Deerfield has several language clubs for students who speak or are learning the language. They hold meetings and fundraisers, and host on campus events for the entire community. Some examples are the French Club’s extremely popular croissant sale, and the Arabic Club’s “Arabic Nights” dinner each year.