After classes, students are provided with a plethora of co-curricular opportunities, from athletics to visual and performing arts to community service projects and club activities. A majority of Deerfield students play a sport, but the Academy also has an outstanding record on stage, in the studio, and in the local community. No matter where you are found after last period, it is certain that you will be in the company of teachers and peers.
At Deerfield the concept of “healthy mind in healthy body” is alive and well, and sports also provide an opportunity for lessons that build both personal character and friendships. Deerfield’s athletic facilities include the Dewey Squash Center, featuring ten championship international squash courts, three basketball courts, a wrestling room, an indoor hockey rink, and a natatorium with an eight-lane pool and separate diving well, as well as many fields down on the Lower Level. Outdoor programs enjoy 90 acres of athletic fields, two Sportexe synthetic turf fields, tennis courts (including two paddle tennis courts), a boathouse and crew facility, and an eight-lane track with high and long jump, pole vault, discus, and shot put areas. From varsity to recreational offerings, there’s a place on the team for everybody who wants to play.
The Arts…as a Co-Curricular
The whole Deerfield community comes out to enjoy the arts, such as the choreography showcase and the school plays. Sometimes the show goes on the road, and on occasion Deerfield students have performed at the American High School Theater Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Student art exhibitions are held throughout the year, along with performances by the Academy Chorus, orchestra, and the wind, rock, and jazz bands. The Chamber Music Ensemble, Madrigal Choir, and a cappella groups also provide opportunities for both participation and entertainment. Students interested in dance may explore modern, jazz, contemporary hip-hop, and ballet, with the chance to perform all three terms. All students are encouraged to participate in the visual or performing arts regardless of their level of experience. In the fall of 2014, Deerfield students will enjoy completely remodeled and expanded facilities when the Academy’s new Arts Center opens.