Edgar Arceo


Originally from California, Edgar is a graduate of Kenyon College. While at Kenyon, Edgar studied psychology and philosophy, and played for the men’s soccer program, captaining the team his senior year. After college, Edgar pursued his passion for cultures, traveling to five different continents with the same trusty backpack. While in South America, Edgar worked as a teacher in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while studying Portuguese. Dedicated to youth development through education and sport, Edgar also worked for an international non-profit organization committed to the cause in both Latin America and Africa. Upon returning to the United States, Edgar joined the faculty at The Thacher School in Ojai, California. There, Edgar served as the School’s inaugural Fisher Fellow, in which he taught AP Psychology and Spanish. He also helped coach soccer, track, and cross-country, led camping trips, and instructed freshman riders in the Horse Program. Currently, Edgar spends his summers at the Language School in Middlebury College, completing a M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. He is thrilled to be joining the Deerfield Community as a Penn Fellow, and eagerly looks forward to “collaborating with such a fun and excellent community of teachers and learners.”

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Academic Dean.

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.

In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. 

Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Office of the Academic Dean determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Academics

Fax 413-772-1128

Boyden Library
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7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342