All freshmen are automatically enrolled in English I.


You do not need to sign up for a mathematics course. Based on information in your admission folder, the Mathematics Department will send you a placement test in the near future. They will decide your placement based on the results of both the placement test and your previous performance in math.


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


Indicate the language you intend to study at Deerfield on your Course Request Form. If you have not studied this language previously, you will be enrolled in level 1. If you have already taken at least a full year of this language, teachers in the Language Department will review your record and determine your placement. Placement for French and Spanish will be largely determined by an online placement test, instructions for which can be found on the Back to School Site. For students interested in taking Arabic, Chinese, and Latin, the decision will be based on your transcript.


If you want to take history, you have four choices: Topics in Western Civilization; Africa and Latin America; Asia in World History; and Big History. Please rank all four of these choices preferentially.

Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy/Religion

Deerfield has a two-term Visual/Performing Arts requirement and a one-term Philosophy/Religion requirement. Because these two requirements can share one slot in a year-long program, we couple them together under the heading “Humanities.” Students should complete their Humanities requirements before the end of the tenth grade, and many students choose to fulfill these requirements in the freshman year. There are several one- and two-term Arts courses from which to choose. Read the course catalog and pay close attention to the terms in which these courses are offered. Some Arts courses—Chorus, Bands, Chamber Music, Orchestra, Theatre, Dance, AP Drawing, AP Photo, and Topics—can be taken either as a fifth graded course, or as a sixth course pass-fail. In Philosophy/Religion, choose from among three one-term courses: Ethics; Eastern Philosophy; and The Bible.

General Advice

  1. Map out your four-year course program to ensure that you will fulfill all of Deerfield’s graduation requirements, by using our Course Request Instructions. Try for a gradual increase in the level of difficulty of your course load from freshman to senior year.
  2. Remember to sign up for exactly FIVE graded courses each term. (You may choose a 6th pass-fail performing arts course.)
  3. If you’re requesting history, be sure to rank preferentially all four non-U.S. choices.
  4. Be sure to choose alternates for Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy/Religion.(Note: Alternate choices do not have to be in the same discipline). PLEASE SELECT DIFFERENT CLASSES FOR ALL ALTERNATES.