Science and Computer Science

Deerfield’s science program uses an experiment- and inquiry-based curriculum where students are presented with a problem, given the tools to solve the problem, and left to their own devices through both individual and team-oriented approaches to study.

  1. BIO300

    Biology 1- Topics

  2. BIO305

    Biology 1 Accelerated

  3. BIO309

    Honors Biology 1

  4. BIO400

    Anatomy & Physiology

  5. BIO410

    Immunology and Disease

  6. BIO509

    Honors Biology 2: Research in Evolutionary Biology

  7. CHE200

    Chemistry 1

  8. CHE205

    Chemistry 1 Accelerated

  9. CHE400

    Molecules and Energy

  10. CHE410

    Molecules and Medicine

  11. CHE509

    Honors Chemistry 2: Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  12. COM200

    Intro to Computer Science

  13. COM210

    Web Design

  14. COM309

    Honors Computer Science

  15. COM509

    Data Structures & Algorithms

  16. COM519

    Dig Logic & Comp Architecture

  17. PHY100

    Physics 1

  18. PHY105

    Physics 1A

  19. PHY300

    Physics 1- Topics

  20. PHY400

    Electrical Engineering

  21. PHY410

    Civil Engineering

  22. PHY420

    Mechanical Engineering

  23. PHY430

    Electric Vehicle Engineering

  24. PHY509

    Honors Physics 2: Calculus-based

  25. SCI300

    Environmental Science 1

  26. SCI409

    Honors Environmental Science

Faculty and Staff

  1. Mark Acton

    Asst. Dean of Faculty, Science Teacher
  2. Ben Bakker

    Computer Science Teacher
  3. Rich Calhoun

    Science Teacher
  4. Aidan Carroll

    Computer Science Teacher
  5. Caleb Corliss

    Science Teacher
  6. Maggie Crain

    Teaching Fellow – Science
  7. Brendan Creagh

    Science Teacher
  8. Toby Emerson

    Science Teacher
  9. Cindie Fidanza

    Science Teacher
  10. David Hallwood

    Science Teacher, Wilson Fellow
  11. Megan Hayes-Golding

    Science Teacher & Math Teacher
  12. Ivory Hills

    Asst Head of School for Strategy & Planning; Dean of Faculty
  13. Robin Lempicki

    Laboratory and Research Supervisor
  14. Julia McClellan

    Science Teacher
  15. Jenn Pousont

    Science Teacher
  16. Heidi Valk

    Science Teacher, Science Department Chair
  17. Megan Washburn

    Science Teacher
  18. Parker Washburn

    Science Teacher

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 teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change if they feel they are misplaced, and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Dean of Studies.

Students have a variety of opportunities to travel abroad through the Center for Service and Global Citizenship travel programs that run domestic and international trips during school breaks.

Study abroad and term-away opportunities are available to students through approved, partnered-programs. Study abroad is available in 10th through 12th grade, but typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year. Read more about off-campus study opportunities online here.

Yes. 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. You can read more about Deerfield’s honor roll online here.

Because of its commitment to high-quality academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of rigorous courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but courses designated as “honors,” “accelerated,” or “AP” provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

All students are assigned a faculty advisor by late summer before they start school. After their first year, students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original advisor, 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 questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic, co-or extra-curricular decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule other meetings for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and support to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

Students are permitted to miss a maximum of eight (8) combined class days for Pursuits of Excellence, College Visits or other reasons each academic year (no more than 6 days missed per term). Exceptions to the eight-day limit must be approved through the Academic Affairs Office. Requests must be received at least three (3) days prior to the event. Any student requesting to miss class should make sure they are aware of the 20% Rule policy (found in the Student Handbook under the 20% Rule), and, if their request is approved, students should be sure to inform their teacher(s) of their upcoming absence(s) and arrange to make up missed work. Please click here to read more about our Request to Miss Classes Policy.

Alums and current students can request their Deerfield transcript online via our secure credentialing site, Parchment. More information on how to create a Parchment account and order your transcript can be found online here. If you have questions, please contact the Academic Affairs Office at 413-774-1470 or

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