Course Request Guidelines

Use the menu below to examine typical academic programs for each year at Deerfield.

 

9th Graders

English

All 9th graders will be automatically enrolled in Voices & Visions of Justice.

Health

All 9th graders will be automatically enrolled in Health.

Math

You do not need to request a mathematics course. Course placement will be determined by the Math Department and depends on results of the math placement test and/or previous performance in math classes.

Science and Computer Science

Generally, 9th graders take Physics. Where necessary, the Science and Computer Science Department Chair will review your record to determine the appropriate level.

Language

Indicate the language you intend to study on your Course Request Form. If you have not studied this language previously, you will be enrolled in level 1 and do not need to take a placement test. Placement above level 1 depends on results of the language placement test.

History and Social Sciences

If you want to take history, you have four choices. Please rank all four of these choices.

Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy and Religious Studies

Deerfield has a Visual and Performing Arts requirement and Philosophy and Religious Studies requirement. See the graduation requirements for specific information. Because these two requirements can share one slot in a term, we couple them together under the heading “Humanities.” Students should complete their Humanities requirements before the end of the 10th grade, and many students choose to fulfill these requirements in the 9th grade year.

General Advice

  1. Map out your four-year course program to ensure that you will fulfill all of Deerfield’s graduation requirements. Try for a gradual increase in the level of difficulty of your course load from 9th grade to senior year.
  2. Remember to request SIX graded courses. 
  3. If you’re requesting history, be sure to rank all choices.
  4. Be sure to choose alternates for Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy and Religious StudiesPLEASE SELECT DIFFERENT CLASSES FOR ALL ALTERNATES.

10th Graders

English

All 10th graders will automatically be enrolled in Defining Literary Traditions.

Health

All 10th graders will automatically be enrolled in Health Seminar.

Math

You do not need to request a mathematics course. Course placement will be determined by the Math Department and depends on results of the math placement test and/or previous performance in math classes.

Science and Computer Science

You should request Chemistry (Chemistry or AP Chemistry). If you have previously taken a year-long, high school Chemistry course, then you should take a Biology course. In all cases, the chair of the Science and Computer Science Department will review your record to determine the appropriate level.

Language

Indicate the language you intend to study on your Course Request Form. If you have not studied this language previously, you will be enrolled in level 1 and do not have to take the placement test. Placement above level 1 depends on results of the language placement test.

History and Social Sciences

If you want to take history, you have four choices. Please rank all four of these choices.

Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy and Religious Studies

Deerfield has a Visual and Performing Arts requirement and a Philosophy and Religious Studies requirement. See the graduation requirements for specific information. Because these two requirements can share one slot in a term, we couple them together under the heading “Humanities.” Students should complete their Humanities requirements before the end of the tenth grade.

Other Course Opportunities

10th graders may also request an electiveunder the ACA heading: 1797: Deerfield Seminar.

General Advice

  1. Map out your three-year course program to ensure that you will fulfill all of Deerfield’s graduation requirements, using our online resources. Try for a gradual increase in the level of difficulty of your course load from sophomore to senior year.
  2. You will receive incoming graduation requirement credit for some of the courses taken at your current school.
  3. Remember to request SIX graded courses.
  4. If you’re requesting history, be sure to rank all four non-U.S. choices.
  5. Health will be automatically assigned.
  6. Be sure to choose alternates for Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy and Religious Studies. PLEASE SELECT DIFFERENT CLASSES FOR ALL ALTERNATES.

11th Graders

English

Rank your 11th grade English options, each of which emphasizes a particular genre, historical context, or unifying theme in American Literature.

Math

You do not need to request a mathematics course. Course placement will be determined by the Math Department and depends on results of the math placement test and/or previous performance in math classes.

Science and Computer Science

You should continue whatever sequence you have already begun (Physics-Chemistry-Biology or Biology-Chemistry-Physics). The department recommends that students take one year of each core science before returning for a second year in any one. The Science and Computer Science Department Chair will review your record to determine the appropriate level.

Language

Indicate the language you intend to study on your Course Request Form. If you have not studied this language previously, you will be enrolled in level 1 and you do not need to take the placement test. Placement above level 1 depends on results of the language placement test.  If you are placed in level 1 of a language, you are expected to take two years in order to fulfill the Language requirement “as best you can.”

History and Social Sciences

You should request one of the three classes on U.S. History: U.S. History; American Studies; or Honors U.S. History. If, however, you have already taken a full-year U.S. History course that includes a significant research paper experience you might be permitted to request one of the senior history electives as a history option.

Visual and Performing Arts

The entire arts curriculum, including AP courses and other courses, is available to you. Some courses will be full-term and others will be half-term.

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Generally, full-term courses are available to you.

Other Course Opportunities

11th graders may also request an elective under the ACA heading: 1797: Deerfield Seminar.

General Advice

  1. Map out your two-year course program to ensure that you will fulfill Deerfield’s graduation requirements as best you can. Please note that you may be given credit for 9th and 10th grade courses taken in your previous school if they are similar to ones we offer.
  2. Remember to request SIX graded courses.
  3. Be sure to choose alternates for Science, Visual and Performing Arts, and Philosophy and Religious courses. (Note: Alternate choices do not have to be in the same discipline). PLEASE CHOOSE DIFFERENT CLASSES FOR ALL ALTERNATES.

12th Graders and Post Graduates

English

Rank your choices from among the 12th grade English options.

Math

You do not need to request a mathematics course. Course placement will be determined by the Math Department and depends on results of the math placement test and/or previous performance in math classes.

Science and Computer Science

Virtually the entire curriculum is available. Where necessary, the Science and Computer Science Department Chair will review your record to determine the appropriate level.

Language

Indicate the language you intend to study on your Course Request Form. If you have not studied this language previously, you will be enrolled in level 1 and you do not have to take the placement test. Placement above level 1 depends on results of the language placement test.

History and Social Sciences

All 600-level courses are available. Be sure to include an alternate (which does not have to be a history course).

Visual and Performing Arts

The entire arts curriculum, including AP courses and other courses, is available to you. Some courses will be full-term and others will be half-term.

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Generally, full term-courses are available to you.

Other Course Opportunities

Seniors may also request electives under the ACA heading: Senior Research Seminar and Exploring Race and Racism.

General Advice:

  1. One-year seniors and post-graduates have one Deerfield diploma requirement: English.
  2. Remember to request SIX graded courses.
  3. Be sure to choose alternates for Science, History, Visual and Performing Arts, and Philosophy and Religion courses. (Note: Alternate choices do not have to be in the same discipline.) PLEASE SELECT DIFFERENT CLASSES FOR ALL ALTERNATES.