Deerfield welcomes approximately 50 new tenth grade students per year to make a sophomore class size of 150 students.
All sophomore students are placed into English II, a year-long British Literature course. With this exception, entering students are not required to adhere to a pre-determined program. Students are encouraged to explore the human experience in our history or philosophy and religion courses and develop their artistic sensibilities through our arts offerings. Students will be placed in subjects such as math, science, and modern or classical language according to their demonstrated ability. For some courses placement will be determined by a student’s previous academic program, and for other courses a placement test will be required for enrollment. Courses taken as part of a previous academic program will be considered for credit towards Deerfield’s graduation requirements. College advising also begins in tenth grade with grade-wide workshops designed to help students reflect on their academic and experiential priorities as they look forward to college.
10th Grade Dorms
Sophomore students live in single gender dorms. Within each dorm, the corridor is the focus of life for boarding students. Typically, ten students live on a corridor of single rooms with their faculty resident and senior student proctors. Proctors guide new students in learning how to live with others and work closely with their faculty resident to ensure that students’ needs are met. Supervised study hours take place on weeknight evenings, during which students are expected to study quietly in their rooms. Even though rooms are not assigned to our day students, they are integrated into the residential system as well, matched with a corridor and encouraged to be involved in feeds, dorm meetings, and sleepovers.