Grading and Assessments

Academic work at Deerfield is graded on a numerical scale where the minimum passing grade is 60 and the median grades are generally between 85 and 90. Grades are reported to students and their parents at the mid-terms and ends of term. At the end of each term, grades are accompanied by course medians (i.e., the median of all grades earned in English 200) and evaluative written comments. In addition, at the mid-point of the fall term, written comments are posted for new seniors/PGs.

Assessments are held at the end of each term. Please note that during fall and winter term, assessments run thru Saturday.

Assessment Calendar 2018-19

Advisor reports, which review a student’s progress and performance in the dormitory and in co-curricular activities, are available online for parents at mid-year (January) and at year’s end (June).


Deerfield requires that new students take placement tests for Mathematics and Language before they come to school, to ensure they are are placed in the right course.

The Academy also has standardized testing at the school throughout the year. Students will be given the opportunity to take tests, including SATs, ACTs, and AP exams, all at the Deerfield campus.

Honor Roll

An Academic Honor Roll is determined at the conclusion of each term. Eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • Qualifying cumulative grade averages for the term of 93.0 or above garner High Honors distinction.
  • Qualifying cumulative grade averages for the term of 90.0 or above garner Honors distinction.
  • The student must be enrolled in at least five courses for which a numerical grade is recorded.
  • The student must be passing all courses.

Cum Laude

Deerfield’s elite scholars may achieve membership in the The Cum Laude Society at one of two junctures. At the conclusion of a student’s junior year at Deerfield, the top 10% of the junior class are considered for induction. The Cum Laude Committee will evaluate grades, difficulty of academic schedule, and breadth of mastery. Furthermore, in alignment with the national organization’s pillars of diké (justice), timé (honor), and areté (excellence), the Committee will also consider the merit of a student’s citizenship within the Deerfield community. A senior may also be elected to Cum Laude just before graduation, with the Committee weighing similar guidelines as were employed for the early inductees.

Calculating Averages

Grade averages are calculated using the definitions and formulas described here (pdf).