John Taylor


John graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 and soon after moved back to his native Argentina to work in the Marketing and Strategic Planning Office of Techint in Buenos Aires until 1989. He started teaching Spanish at Hotchkiss as a sabbatical replacement in 1989, and in 1990, he and his wife Mercedes moved to Deerfield; from 1990-96, John taught Spanish and coached soccer and squash at the Academy. In 1997 he obtained a master’s degree in education from Columbia University as part of the Klingenstein Program.

John was named Dean of Studies at Deerfield in 1998 and then moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2000-05 to become the Head of St. Andrew’s Scots School, a private K-12 IB school for 2,000 students. He returned to Deerfield in 2006 and has been the Dean of Faculty and Associate Head of School since September 2007. Mercedes, his wife, teaches Spanish and art at Deerfield; his daughters, Sofia and Maia, graduated from Deerfield in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

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 Dean of Studies.

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 Academic Affairs Office determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

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