Values and Honesty

Community Pledge

Written and adopted by the Student Council in 2012, the Community Pledge guides our actions, behavior, and conduct at Deerfield Academy. It reads:

I will act with respect, honesty, and concern for others, and I will seek to inspire the same values in our community and beyond.

This is the basis for every rule found in this book and should itself be regarded as the single most important rule at Deerfield.


Any community can survive only in an atmosphere where honesty—and the trust that results—is a guiding principle. Dishonesty is a breach of trust and subjects a student to disciplinary action.

Any student who lies in documents or statements submitted as part of the Disciplinary Committee process may be liable for dismissal.