Deerfield welcomes approximately 20 new 11th grade students per year to make an overall junior class size of about 170 students.
Junior year is typically a Deerfield student’s most challenging academic year. Students choose one of several US History and English III courses that focus on selected topics in American literature. With those exceptions, entering students are not required to adhere to a pre-determined program. Students are encouraged to explore the human experience in our philosophy and religion courses and develop their artistic sensibilities in our arts courses. 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 secondary school program will be considered for credit towards Deerfield’s graduation requirements.
We begin our individual college advising work with 11th graders midway through the year, so students entering as juniors will be right in sync with their classmates.
Eleventh grade students live in single gender dorms comprised of junior, senior, and post-graduate year students. Within each dorm, the corridor is the focus of life for boarding students. Typically, 12 to 15 students live with a faculty resident on a corridor made up of single rooms. Juniors, seniors and post-graduate students are allowed to spend their study hours in one of many locations on campus considered to be a suitable place of study. Students return to their dorms after study hours to have a dorm feed with their faculty resident, socialize or continue to study in their dorms.