Deerfield Boys and Girls
For each Deerfield student, life beyond the classroom and lab is filled with opportunities for personal discovery and community involvement. Students have the chance to live with friends from all over the United States and the world, to captain a team or debate in an international competition, to act or sing or dance and applaud the performance of others, to learn from and receive the support of enthusiastic teachers and coaches, and to experience the thrill and the pride of being a Deerfield girl or boy.
Regardless of a student’s background, schoolmates respect a competent musician, a quick mind, a hard-working swimmer, or a fluent linguist. Every student at Deerfield can have an experience shaped for and by his or her abilities and interests. What each experience shares is a commitment to the values—tolerance, honesty, decency—on which responsible citizenship is founded.
Throughout its history Deerfield has a tradition of day students contributing to its academic and co-curricular life. In fact, Deerfield started out, back in 1797, as a day school. Day students are complete members of the community. They often remain on campus until late evening to study and socialize with friends and are welcome at all meals, weekend activities, and all school functions. Day students have senior proctors and a centrally located lounge, which serves as an on campus “home base.” They are also assigned to residential corridors and encouraged to attend weekly feeds and other dormitory functions.
Day students and their families add a tremendous amount to the richness of the Deerfield community. Young students, many thousands of miles away from home, cannot help but feel buoyed to see parents on the sidelines cheering for a team or applauding actors, dancers, and musicians. When day student families invite boarding students to their homes for a meal, a weekend, or an extended vacation stay, they are offering the familiar warmth of family life to a person far from home.
And yet, it can be challenging to be a day student in a “boarding” school. We understand the effort families make on a daily basis to transport, support, and nurture their children. The Dean of Students office provides car pool lists, weather updates, and other timely and specific information for day student families.
For more information on day student admission policies, please contact the Admission Office.
Each year Deerfield accepts between 20 and 25 highly qualified high school graduates into the postgraduate program. Postgraduates live in upper-class dormitories (with juniors and seniors) and are considered members of the Deerfield senior class. They are eligible to participate in all aspects of life at the Academy.
A postgraduate course of study normally includes an English elective, a mathematics course, and three other elective courses. Because of the breadth of course offerings at the senior level, postgraduates have considerable flexibility in their course selection and may elect an academic program that best meets their needs, interests, and college aspirations.
Postgraduates must follow the normal process for applying to Deerfield. If you have any questions, please contact the Admission Office.
Deerfield is proud of its diverse student population and of its international students, who comprise approximately 16.5% of the student body. In 2012-2013 Deerfield’s international students represent 36 countries.
Most students who come from American or international schools do not experience any academic adjustment problems; however, those who are not accustomed to taking all their courses in English generally spend a year taking ESL (English as a Second Language) in lieu of a normal English course; the ESL program is small enough that it can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students.
New international students are invited to a special orientation program, beginning two days before the other new students arrive in September, to get to know the school and each other and to recover from jet lag. The International Club offers any Deerfield student the opportunity to share his or her culture through informal socializing, dances, and ethnic meals; the Club also organizes day trips around New England.
The International Student Advisor, Francoise Ellis, oversees the implementation of these programs.