About the DPN

The Deerfield Parents Network (DPN) is an organization aimed at building partnerships among Deerfield parents, and between parents and the Academy. Schools like Deerfield no longer serve “in the place of parents,” but rather “along side of parents.” The goal of the Parents Network is to improve the Deerfield experience for all students and their families through several initiatives.

As a Deerfield parent, you are already part of the DPN. If you would like to help with any of the initiatives described here, or with new projects as they develop, please email the Deerfield Parents Network.

The DPN’s signature program is the First Link, which organizes contacts between current Deerfield parents and the families of newly-enrolled students each spring. Experienced parents offer words of welcome and share their knowledge of the workings of the school. The First Link program also encourages and helps organize gatherings of current and incoming families as one step to ease the transition to campus life.

Twice a year, the DPN publishes a newsletter for parents called The Link. The newsletter is a great tool for sharing information and inviting informed involvement in the life of the Deerfield community. Articles have included interviews with Deerfield faculty and staff, tips on dealing with common challenges, and information that helps parents understand the array of supportive services at the Academy.

The Parents Network also coordinates with student initiatives to serve the needs of the surrounding community and has sponsored campus beautification projects, with the help of parent volunteers, during Parents Weekends.

If you would like to get involved in any of our programs, just ask! We’d welcome your participation.