FAQs

  • How are students placed in the appropriate level of math and language classes?

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    Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Office of the Academic Dean.

  • Can I use a non-Deerfield issued laptop?

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    You will be expected to use your Deerfield laptop in class and for school work. You may bring a second computer, but it will have to go through a registration process and have our standard virus protection installed. ITS cannot provide any technical support for non-standard computers and all computers must conform to the required specifications listed below in order to connect to our network and the Internet. However, ITS will make documentation available with instructions for connecting to the Deerfield network and accessing the Academy’s public printers.

    REQUIRED Specifications for Non-Standard Computers

    Windows XP Professional, Vista Business, 7 Professional or higher
    Mac OS X Leopard or higher

    All computers connecting to our network will be scanned to verify that they meet these required specifications.

  • Can students try out for a sport they have never played?

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    Deerfield students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. If a student wishes to play a new sport, then he/she can participate in tryouts along with the other athletes, and will be placed according to their skill level. Most sports at Deerfield have multiple teams, so those new to a particular sport will usually have the opportunity to play at an appropriate level. Beginners should be sure to notify the coach if they require guidance in navigating a new sport.

  • Are students required to play a sport each term?

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    Students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity each term. “Co-curriculars” do not necessarily have to be an interscholastic sport. Other options include community service, dance, theater, recreational sports, or even managing a sport. Additionally, students with talents in certain areas such as the arts may apply for a co-curricular exemption, in which they pursue their talent under the guidance of a Deerfield faculty member. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to participate in at least two terms of interscholastic athletics per year.

  • What furniture is provided in dorm rooms?

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    Every dorm room has a small closet or wardrobe, 80″ twin bed, bureau, desk and chair, mirror, wastebasket, overhead light, and carpeting.

  • Are students required to have graphing calculators?

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    All Deerfield math students are expected to have their own graphing calculator and to be proficient in its use.  Any TI-84 graphing calculators is fine, but we recommend the TI‑84 Plus CE which is available for purchase from the Hitchcock House, or at most department stores. Teachers are happy to help students learn to use their calculators if necessary.

  • Do I need a personal printer?

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    Some students find it convenient to bring their own personal printer, but we also encourage students to take advantage of public networked printers which are available in a number of convenient locations around the school, including the Help Desk and the Library.

  • Does Deerfield have an honor roll?

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    In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. For more about grading and the honor roll, please visit the Grading & Assessment Page.

  • What languages does Deerfield offer?

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    Deerfield offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Latin, and Spanish. Seniors can study beginning levels of other languages through Directed Study Projects.

  • How is math placement determined?

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    New students are sent a placement test in the spring before they enter Deerfield, according to their math record at their previous school. Taking account of each student’s placement score, requested math course, and academic transcript, the math department places students in appropriate classes to match their skill level. Adjustments to levels may be made during the first two weeks of the new term to be sure students are in the class best suited to their abilities.

  • I want to send a package to a Deerfield student. How should I address the package?

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    If you are sending the package via UPS or FedEx, send it to:

    Student Name
    7 Boyden Lane
    Deerfield Academy
    Deerfield, MA 01342

    If you are sending the package via USPS, send it to:

    Student Name
    PO Box 298
    Deerfield Academy
    Deerfield, MA 01342

  • Are interviews required for prospective students?

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    An on-campus interview is an important part of the application process. All candidates who live within a 350-mile radius of Deerfield are required to interview on-campus by February 1. If you are unable to visit campus before February, you can schedule a Skype or phone interview with an Admission Associate or interview with a Regional Admission Representative in your area. Find more information about how to schedule interviews.

  • Do Deerfield students have other dining options besides the Dining Hall?

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    In addition to the Dining Hall, Dining Services runs the Greer Store and the Louis Cafe, to provide students with drinks, snacks, and light meals outside of meal times.

    Students can also order food (outside of study hours) from several restaurants who deliver to campus.

  • Does Deerfield offer music lessons?

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    Deerfield offers applied music lessons in many instruments. Music lessons require an extra fee and take place during a free period once a week.

  • What is Naviance?

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    Naviance is an online college search tool that helps students research potential colleges, keep track of their prospective and active applications, and estimate the likelihood of admission based on the results of previous Deerfield students’ grades and testing profiles as compared to each individual student’s personal academic record. All students are given access to Naviance in the fall of their junior year, and parents are given their own log-in information shortly afterwards.  Naviance is the site through which Deerfield submits the school’s portion of a student’s application materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation), so it’s important that students keep their application information up to date on Naviance.

  • Does Deerfield offer AP and accelerated courses?

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    Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students. The course catalog offers a full listing of the Academy’s academic offerings.

  • Can students have jobs on campus?

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    There are some opportunities for students to work on campus, such as at the Greer Store. All students must submit the appropriate paperwork with the Human Resources Office.

  • When do students typically study abroad?

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    Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

  • Do students have the opportunity to pursue summer research in science?

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    Students are encouraged to pursue summer science research through programs at labs across the country. Dr. Ivory Hills, a member of the science faculty, supports students who wish to undertake summer research.

  • Do Deerfield students buy their textbooks?

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    Textbooks are supplied by the Academy and do not need to be purchased.

    At the end of the year, the Boyden Library sponsors a book buyback program, in which students can sell their textbooks.

  • What is Cookies and Cocoa?

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    Every Friday during winter term, Head of School Margarita Curtis serves cookies and cocoa in the lobby of the Main School Building. Members of the Deerfield community bring their mugs and finish up the week with a steaming mug of hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies, in a tradition that Dr. Curtis finds important on many levels.

  • What role do advisors play in students’ educational experience?

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    All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

  • Do students go on field trips for class?

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    For certain classes (particularly environmental science, geology, and biology), the surrounding area serves as a wonderful learning environment. From learning about sustainable aquaculture at a local fish farm to investigating leaf structures in trees on campus, there is always the possibility to step outside the classroom to provide perspective on material covered in class.

  • What is the Science, Math, and Technology Symposium?

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    Every spring, students who undertake research projects as part of upper-level science courses, such as Biomedical Research, Robotics, and Electric Vehicle Engineering, present their work and share their results at the Science, Math, and Technology Symposium.

  • What financial aid does Deerfield offer?

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    Deerfield offers a need-based financial aid program that includes full-need grants, which cover 98% or more of tuition costs and other fees, and middle-income grants, which vary in size. More information about the financial aid application process is available on our website. If you have specific questions regarding your financial aid application please contact the Financial Aid office.

  • What is the Pursuit of Excellence Policy?

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    The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Office of the Academic Dean determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis. Any request to miss classes should be directed through the Request to Miss Classes Form.

  • Are there laundry services available for athletic clothing?

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    Deerfield does provide laundry services for athletic clothing. Students should be aware that due to turnaround time they may want to have multiple sets of clothing to avoid any problems.

  • What standardized tests are required for application to Deerfield?

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    Prospective students should take one of the following standardized tests suggested for your year of candidacy:

    9th or 10th Grade: SSAT or ISEE
    11th Grade: SSAT, ISEE, or PSAT
    12th Grade and Post-Graduate: PSAT, SAT, or ACT
    International Candidates: TOEFL and/or SSAT or SAT*

    *International candidates: Please note that international students applying for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are welcome to take both the SSAT and the TOEFL if they so desire. International students applying for 12th grade or the post-graduate year are invited to take the SAT in addition to the TOEFL.

  • What study abroad options does Deerfield offer?

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    Deerfield has a wide net of international associations, and therefore has the ability to offer a broad spectrum of study abroad opportunities. Semesters abroad in Jordan, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas are highlights of Deerfield’s international programs, which also include Round Square service trips, a variety of School Year Abroad opportunities, exchange programs, and faculty-led trips to places such as the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Colombia and China.

  • When can students pick up their packages?

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    The Shipping and Receiving Office is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Even if the Shipping and Receiving staff is not available students can still pick up their packages if they sign the pick-up sheet.

  • How do students see a dentist or orthodontist?

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    The Health Center staff schedules appointments with local dentists and orthodontists. Transportation to and from the dentist or orthodontist’s office can be provided for a small fee.

  • Are there opportunities to participate in global studies without spending an entire semester abroad?

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    A variety of faculty-led trips allow students to travel under the guidance of a Deerfield teacher without having to spend the entire year living and studying in a foreign country. These trips, which usually take place during spring break or the summer, often include a homestay, and are a great way to improve language skills and experience a different culture.

  • Do I need previous dance experience to take dance classes at Deerfield?

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    No, beginners are welcome!

  • What is Deerfield’s TOEFL school code?

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    Deerfield’s TOEFL school is 9577.

  • Do varsity athletes need to arrive earlier at the start of the year?

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    Varsity candidates will typically have preseason tryouts before school begins, and therefore should plan on arriving three or more days early. Coaches notify candidates during the summer if they should arrive early, and arrival dates are posted on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

  • What are e-proctors?

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    Environmental proctors are student leaders in sustainability efforts at Deerfield Academy. Working with the Sustainability Coordinator, e-proctors participate in a variety of projects, including dormitory recycling and energy conservation challenges, and promote sustainability around campus.

  • Are students required to take a music class during their Deerfield careers?

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    Students are not required to take music classes, but may use music to fulfill their two-term visual/performing arts requirement. For more detailed information, please refer to Deerfield’s full graduation requirements.

  • What is a declamation?

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    The declamation is one of the key components of the Deerfield English curriculum. In the spring every year students present a declamation to their classmates. Freshmen read from a work of literary merit, sophomores memorize and recite a short selection from a piece of literature, juniors write and recite a short piece pertaining to some aspect of American culture, and seniors write and read a long meditation that reflects on their time at Deerfield. From each section of freshman, sophomore and junior English classes, an exceptional declamation is chosen to compete in declamation finals. Seniors may submit their meditations to the English Department, who will choose several to be read at school meetings, as well as in smaller settings after dinner during the spring.

  • What are history electives?

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    Many upper-level history classes terminate after two terms, leaving an empty period in students’ schedule. In January, Deerfield’s English and History Departments release a list of one-term spring electives that juniors and seniors can take during the spring term. These classes are typically smaller in size, and cover more unusual subject matter in history teachers’ specific areas of interest and study.

  • What are double period classes?

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    Most Advanced Placement science courses are two periods to allow ample lab and discussion time. Double period classes are some of the most rigorous and challenging courses Deerfield has to offer in terms of content, and the extra time allows teachers to guide their students through the material at a pace that allows for greater depth of understanding. A double period schedule also provides time for enrichment opportunities such as field trips and guest speakers, without conflicting with the established daily schedule.

  • I am thinking about applying to Deerfield, and I’d like to find out more about the school. How can I request more information?

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    Fill out our Request for Information form, and we will send you information that will be helpful in learning more about Deerfield and our application process.

    You can also explore our website and learn more about our academic program, campus, and mission.

  • What is Deerfield’s application fee?

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    The application fee is $60 for students living in the US or Canada and $125 for students living outside the US or Canada. Fee waivers are available by contacting the Admission Office.

  • What is the Green Cup Challenge?

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    For the past several years, Deerfield has participated in the Green Cup Challenge, an interscholastic energy conservation competition. The school that reduces its kWh usage by the largest percentage wins. The school that reduces GHG emissions by the largest percentage is recognized.

    Deerfield runs an on-campus competition during the Green Cup Challenge. Through the month-long challenge, our students follow the success of their dormitory on our energy dashboard and compare their achievements to their on-campus peers and to other schools. The dorm that reduces its energy the most from an established baseline wins a significant prize—an on-campus activity for themselves and another dorm of their choosing, AND a cash prize proportional to dorm size. Because the Green Cup Challenge is a month-long event, we believe that the changed energy consumption practices are more likely to become a learned behavior.

  • How do students know if they have a package?

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    Students receive a notification email when their package is ready. They can visit the Shipping and Receiving Plant on the south side of the Physical Plant building to pick it up. Packages are arranged in alphabetical order on the shelf to the right of the door. Students must sign the pick-up sheet on the desk before they leave.

  • Does Deerfield have student bands?

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    Deerfield has a number of student bands, from a string orchestra to a jazz band. Some bands meet during class periods, while others hold rehearsals in the evening. All bands are directed by Deerfield’s music faculty and perform at school meetings and performing arts showcases.

  • How often does the theater program put on productions?

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    The Deerfield theater department puts on three productions a year, one each trimester. These are full-length, high-quality productions with casts comprised entirely of Deerfield students, and directed by Deerfield’s theater director, Catriona Hynds.

  • Can I submit my application to Deerfield online?

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    Deerfield’s application is available online through the Gateway to Prep Schools website. You can also download the application forms from our website.

  • What is Deerfield’s SSAT school code?

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    Deerfield’s SSAT school code is 2770.

  • Is telephone service available in dormitories?

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    Phone service is not available in dorm rooms, but a public phone is provided in each dorm. For questions contact the Help Desk at 413-774-1444 (x1444) or send us an email.

  • When I am allowed to be off-campus for a weekend?

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    Deerfield students can leave campus during most weekends, provided that they submit the overnight permission form and their request is approved. Some weekends throughout the year are closed–including Commencement–and on these weekends, students may not leave campus. All closed weekends are marked on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

  • When should I apply for the Penn Residency Masters in Teaching Program?

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    We begin reviewing applications for the Penn Residency Masters in Teaching Program in January each year. Applicants interested in the Deerfield Academy Teaching Fellows Program, please fill out the form here. Decisions are usually made from mid-April through mid-May.

     

     

  • Will work interfere with required activities?

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    All campus stores have a strictly enforced policy that school and academics always come first. If a student hears of a required meeting or other school related activity that they must attend students are asked to inform their supervisor as early as possible in an effort to find a replacement. But even if they are unable to find a replacement that student would be excused from work. 

  • How are athletes placed on teams at appropriate skill levels?

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    Each sport holds tryouts at the beginning of the season to determine appropriate placement for students trying out. Deerfield does its best to put all of its students in the position to succeed and grow as athletes, and these efforts are reflected in the composition of its teams.

  • Are students required to take a science class each year?

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    Students must take at least two years of science during their time at Deerfield. For more detailed information, see Deerfield’s full graduation requirements.

  • Are there projects in science available for students?

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    There are several project-oriented classes in Deerfield’s science curriculum. Among these are Biomedical Research, Biochemical Research, Analytical Chemistry Research, Physics II: EV Engineering, Physics II: Exp Design/Robots, Environmental Science Projects, and Synthetic Biology Research. All science classes include projects of one kind or another, and their descriptions can be found in the Course Catalog.

  • Where is the nearest airport to Deerfield?

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    The nearest airport is Bradley International Airport, located outside of Hartford, Connecticut, 55 miles south of Deerfield on I-91. Deerfield arranges transportation on charter buses to Bradley Airport during Thanksgiving vacation, winter vacation, long winter weekend, and spring vacation. As sign-up time approaches, students will receive email instructions on how to purchase tickets. There are also many limo, taxi, and shuttle services available that provide transport to the airport.

  • Does Deerfield have a mascot?

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    Deerfield has no mascot, but it does have symbols, and the three most important are the Door, the Seal, and the Deerfield colors.

    Located on the front of the John Williams Dormitory, the Deerfield Door is the primary symbol of the Academy. Its architectural design represents part of the Pocumtuck Valley’s heritage as well as the Academy’s historical tradition.

    The Academy Seal is a more formal symbol, which includes a detailed image of the Deerfield Door, the phrase “Founded 1797,” and the school’s motto: “Be Worthy of Your Heritage.” A bronze version of the seal can be found on the floor of the main entrance to the Athletic Center; a long-standing Deerfield tradition holds that it is bad luck to step on the seal.

    Perhaps the most prevalent symbols of Deerfield are the school colors—green and white. At games, the cheer “Go Big Green!” is constantly heard, and loyal Deerfield students and alumni are said to “bleed green.”

  • What do managers do?

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    Those who wish to be involved in Deerfield’s interscholastic athletic program but do not want to compete as an athlete may decide to serve as a manager. Many varsity teams require one or more managers to help them out during the season. Managers’ duties vary by sport, but typically involve equipment management and scorekeeping, as well other jobs the team requires.

  • Does studying abroad set students back academically?

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    Deerfield’s study abroad partner schools offer a comparable set of courses, so students can fulfill Academy requirements with little or no penalty to their academic progress. All students who are thinking about studying abroad should meet with Director of Studies Lydia Hemphill for assistance in planning their study abroad experience.

  • What is a senior meditation?

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    A senior meditation is the culminating experience of the Deerfield English curriculum. Meditations are long, reflective pieces written by seniors, and presented to their classmates. The best meditations are read at school meeting and in some smaller settings. Content of meditations ranges from challenges conquered to friendships formed at Deerfield, but nearly all focus on individual growth over a student’s time at Deerfield.

  • Are students required to take a history class each year?

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    Students must take two years of history, one of which must be U.S. History—typically taken during the junior year—and the other non-U.S. history. Many students choose to take more history classes than required. For more detailed information, please refer to Deerfield’s full graduation requirements.

  • Do new students receive instructions on how to operate their laptops?

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    All new students will attend a technology orientation soon after they arrive at Deerfield. A schedule and details will be posted on our Back to School site before the start of school.  We will also offer workshops throughout the year on various topics.

  • Where do I find the Dining Hall menu for the entire week?

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    You can find the menu for today and tomorrow on the front page of the Daily Bulletin… but for the weekly menus, choose the “This Week” tab from the Daily Bulletin menu (near the top of the screen). On the “This Week” tab, you’ll find the entire week of Dining Hall Menus at the bottom of the screen.

  • Does Deerfield use grass-fed beef?

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    Deerfield Academy dining services gets all of their ground beef from the Lewis Family Farm in Essex, NY. This beef is 100% certified organic, and the cows are grass-fed their entire lives. This is just one more example of how Deerfield Academy is leading the way towards serving more local and wholesome foods that sustain the local community and while nourishing our DA community with delicious and healthful foods.

  • What are some important traditions at Deerfield?

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    Living Tradition

    Craig_102313 2013-10-23 (27)A variety of time-honored traditions distinguish the Deerfield experience. They are at once revered, respected, and influenced by the student body. Students fully embrace the historic aspects of these traditions, while making them wholly their own, contributing their knowledge, insight, and spirit to improve upon a base of more than 200 years. Several of Deerfield’s central traditions are described below, but many others–the Deerfield Boy and Girl, long-running school dances, Spring Day, and senior-faculty soirees to name just a few–also contribute to the vibrancy of the school.

    Each fall the Head of School brings the freshmen up to the Rock, where they can look out across Deerfield’s buildings and fields. Students return many times throughout their years at Deerfield, and a trip to the Rock is often one of the last activities of graduating seniors. Current students share the experience of climbing to the Rock with generations of Deerfield alumni, who made the same trek many years before. The view has changed remarkably since then, but the experience remains the same.

    Seven times a week the entire campus community gathers in the Dining Hall for a family-style meal. Nine students and one faculty member  eat at each round table, which creates the opportunity  for deeper connections between members of the community. After dinner every Sunday night, the entire student body joins together for one of Deerfield’s most cherished traditions, the singing of the Evensong.

    choateday_ 2013-11-11One of the most popular campus events every year is Choate Day,when Deerfield’s athletic teams compete against their chief rival, Choate Rosemary Hall. The night before, Deerfield’s cheerleaders lead a pep rally, and students gather for a bonfire on the lower level. Nearly every athletic event draws a healthy crowd of Deerfield student and alumni fans who, with the help of the cheerleaders, cheer on Deerfield’s teams with cries of “Go Big Green!” and “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!”

    Since the school’s founding, Deerfield students have been required to dress with professionalism for classes. Though it can be daunting at first, most students find that they become accustomed to–and even enjoy–the ritual of dressing up for class.

    Every Wednesday morning the entire student body and faculty crowd into the Large Auditorium for school meeting. Students sit by class, and each meeting begins with class cheers, followed by the singing of one of Deerfield’s songs. The contents of each meeting vary, but usually include pertinent announcements, student performances, and featured speakers. Students are invited and encouraged to contribute to the meeting with announcements and presentations. Gathering as a community where everyone can have his or her voice heard contributes to the cohesiveness and warmth of the community.

  • What are Deerfield’s graduation requirements?

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    Deerfield believes in a diverse education and therefore requires completion of a wide range of classes before students are allowed to graduate. Students should be aware of Deerfield’s full graduation requirements while registering for classes. Academic advisors and the Office of the Academic Dean are also available to discuss these requirements.

  • Who has access to the athletic trainers?

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    All students, faculty, and staff can seek help from Deerfield’s skilled athletic training staff regardless of their involvement in Deerfield athletics.

  • How can students get involved in community service?

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    Students can pursue service as a co-curricular option, engaging in community service projects one to four days a week. Projects include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, Second-Helpings (a food kitchen and food distribution program), Musica Franklin (music instruction to middle-school students), and after-school programs at two local elementary schools. In addition, students can engage in service abroad in the Cambiando Vidas program in the Dominican Republic, and a variety of other CSGC service trips. Students have the opportunity to design their own programs in their local community and abroad, utilizing funding from the Charles Cost Award, or David Workman Grant to be used in the summer or during the school year.  Every athletic team also participates in at least one day of local community service at some point during their season.

  • How do students send letters while at Deerfield?

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    The Deerfield Post Office is located on Old Main Street, only a few minutes walk from campus. Students can purchase stamps, obtain packaging materials, and send mail via USPS at the post office. All pre-stamped mail can also be left in the appropriate bin in the mailroom in the basement of the Main School Building for delivery to the post office.

  • What performance opportunities are available in dance?

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    There are many dance performances every term. Students perform at school meetings throughout and at the performing arts showcase at the end of each term.

  • Does Deerfield have an emergency notification system?

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    Deerfield Academy has a comprehensive emergency notification system that notifies the campus community of dangerous weather, hazardous material spills, and other active threats on campus. The notifications only apply to emergency situations or conditions that pose an immediate or imminent threat to the safety of the campus community or could significantly disrupt its activities.

    Emergency notification methods include: emergency text messaging (add your cell phone number to the list with our cell phone emergency notification form), outdoor sirens, emergency emails, and alerts on the Daily Bulletin.

  • What is the nearest hospital to Deerfield?

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    Baystate Franklin Medical Center, a 93-bed community hospital with a medical staff of approximately 150 physicians, is located five miles away in the town of Greenfield. Our tertiary care center and nearest Level 1 trauma center is the 650-bed Baystate Medical Center, located in Springfield, MA, 30 miles away.

  • Can I have something I buy at Hitchcock House shipped to me?

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    Through Deerfield’s Online Store, you can purchase and ship an order to you. Consult the Online Store website for more information about shipping options and rates.

  • Can I install my own programs on my Deerfield-provided laptop?

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    You can install programs you have purchased as long as they don’t interfere with the proper functioning of the laptop. Occasionally, software may cause problems that our technicians cannot resolve and we would have to reimage the laptop (restore it to its original configuration) so that it is available for your academic use. In that case, you would have to reinstall any non-Deerfield software. 

  • I can’t find my diploma. Can you issue another? Will there be a fee?

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    In most cases it is possible to get a replacement diploma. Email your request to registrar@deerfield.edu. Please note that the process of creating a replacement diploma can take several months. There is no fee.

  • What’s the history of the Academy?

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    Days of Glory, for More than 200 Years

    Our Head of School

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    Margarita O’Byrne Curtis was appointed Deerfield’s 55th Head of School in July of 2006. Dr. Curtis graduated from Tulane University and earned her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literature from Harvard University. Before becoming a faculty member at Phillips Academy Andover, she taught at Harvard and won, for four consecutive years, the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

    Dr. Curtis believes that Deerfield, because of its traditions, close-knit community, and dedicated faculty, is uniquely positioned to provide a superior education, building character, along with a commitment to educational excellence. She engages the skills and talents of devoted and caring faculty and staff as she collaboratively develops a bold vision that will carry Deerfield into its third century.

    The Early Years

    On March 1, 1797, Governor Samuel Adams signed a bill granting a charter for the founding of an academy in Deerfield. The school’s trustees pledged the Academy to “the instruction of youth, and the promotion of piety, religion, and morality.”

    The arrival of Frank L. Boyden in 1902 marked the beginning of the second significant phase of the Academy’s history. Thousands of Deerfield graduates fondly remember Mr. Boyden not only as the driving force of the Academy, but also as the major figure of their developmental years.

    “The test of worth of any school… is the record of service of her alumni.”
    — Frank L. Boyden

    In 1968, after 66 years of leadership, Mr. Boyden retired as headmaster. He was succeeded by David M. Pynchon. Mr. Pynchon greatly expanded and strengthened the curriculum and faculty. He continued his predecessor’s efforts to solidify the Academy’s economic support.

    Following the Boyden Legacy

    Mr. Pynchon left Deerfield in May 1980, and Robert E. Kaufmann was appointed headmaster. Mr. Kaufmann, who had taught under Mr. Boyden in the 1960s, oversaw Deerfield’s transition from an all-boys school to a coeducational institution, and he also completed a major building and renovation program. Mr. Kaufmann retired as headmaster in 1994.

    Eric Widmer, a graduate of Deerfield’s Class of 1957, was appointed headmaster in July of 1994. During his 12 years of leadership, Mr. Widmer strengthened the Academy’s commitment to financial aid, initiated exciting international learning opportunities, and enhanced the physical environment for both living and learning by introducing state-of-the-art technology throughout the campus. Mr. Widmer retired in June of 2006 to serve as the founding Headmaster of King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan.

  • Do students need to provide their own athletic equipment?

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    Certain equipment, including game uniforms and practice clothing, is provided by the Athletic Stockroom. Some non-clothing items are also available for loan upon request, or available to purchase through the Athletic Store. Because each sport has varying equipment needs, students should be in touch with their coach or the stockroom staff when they arrive on campus. If students need to purchase athletic equipment or clothing not found in the Athletic Store or stockroom, they can usually find it at any one of several local retail stores.

  • How do I get something fixed in my dorm room?

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    If students require assistance due to problems such as broken glass or electrical issues, then they should call the physical plant desk at (413) 774-1572 (extension 1572). The physical plant handles all problems relating to Deerfield’s buildings. If you are locked out of your room, please do not call physical plant, but instead be in touch with security at (413) 772-9880.

  • Does Deerfield provide college advising services?

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    Deerfield’s College Advising Office, located on the second floor of the Boyden Library, counsels students extensively on the college application process. Juniors are each assigned a college advisor who works with them closely and gets to know them well to provide personalized assistance.  First year students and sophomores are also welcome to drop by the office with any specific questions, though the counseling and application process does not begin in earnest until the junior year.

  • When will the College Advising Office start contacting me about college applications?

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    The College Advising Office sends a message to all sophomores each winter to invite them to schedule a meeting with a college advisor. In the summer before students’ junior year, the College Advising Office will send additional information about what students should be doing to prepare themselves for applying. In the late fall of their junior year, students begin the process in earnest, starting by filling out an information sheet that will help them, in conjunction with their college advisor, begin compiling a list of schools.

  • How do I open a checking account at a nearby bank?

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    The Finance Office will help you open a personal checking account at a local bank in Greenfield. After the initial deposit, the student is responsible for the account. 

  • How can students get involved in dance?

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    Students can either take a dance class, or participate in co-curricular dance during the afternoon. Dancers may be allowed to bypass the two-term interscholastic sports recommendation for freshmen and sophomores if they are involved in the dance program. For a full listing of dance classes, refer to the course catalog.

  • Are there music performances at Deerfield?

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    There are many music performances throughout the year. Students and faculty often play at school meetings and at performing arts showcases, as well as in one student concert each term. Deerfield also brings in a number of musical artists for concerts, dances and special events. These are arranged by different student organizations, and are open to all students.

  • What opportunities are available for student writing outside the classroom?

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    Deerfield has numerous student-run publications, such as the school newspaper, The Scroll, and Albany Road, a collection of student writing and art. The Scroll has many editorial positions, as well as positions for staff and contributing writers. Anyone may submit content to Albany Road, which has a student editorial board that reviews student work and determines what content should be included in each issue.

  • What are English electives?

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    Many senior English classes terminate after two terms, leaving an open space in students’ schedules. In January, the English and history departments release a list of one-term spring electives available to juniors and seniors. These classes are on a more unusual topic than other classes, and are often composed of fewer students, facilitating greater depth of discussion.

  • Are students required to take a philosophy and religion class each year?

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    Deerfield requires one term of philosophy and religion during students’ time at Deerfield. Students are encouraged to take more if they can fit more courses into their schedule. For more detailed information, see Deerfield’s full graduation requirements.

  • What opportunities are available for engaging religious issues outside the classroom?

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    Numerous discussions and meditation groups are hosted throughout the year by the religious studies faculty. Deerfield also offers transportation to local places of worship for interested students. 

  • I’ve lost my ID card. How do I get a replacement?

    3 people found this helpful

    If you lose your ID card during the course of the year, report the loss and get a replacement immediately. Replacement ID cards cost $10, and the Finance Office will provide them.

  • What do Hitchcock House and the Athletic Store sell?

    3 people found this helpful

    Hitchcock House sells school supplies, computer accessories, Deerfield clothing/merchandise, books, toiletries, greeting cards, small gifts, stationery, and wrapping paper.

    The Athletic Store offers much of the same clothing as Hitchcock House, with the addition of performance and athletic apparel, as well as sports equipment and supplies.

  • Am I allowed to bring a refrigerator or microwave for my dorm room?

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    No, refrigerators and microwaves are not permitted in dorm rooms. For a full list of items you are not allowed to have in your dorm room, please see our packing list.

  • Where can I find a complete packing list?

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    Visit our Living at Deerfield page for information on standard room furnishings, a packing list, and a list of prohibited items in dormitories.

  • What is Connect4?

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    Connect4 is Deerfield’s residential life program that seeks to establish a consistent vocabulary, skill set, and framework of support for students and faculty as they navigate the challenges of high school together. Connect4 is led by our Residential Heads: Becca Sherburne, Sam Bicknell and Kristin Loftus.

  • Does Deerfield offer on-site testing such as SATs and AP Exams?

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    On-site testing is available for most SAT, AP, and ACT tests. Students must register for SATs through the College Board website;  ACT through ACT website; and AP exams via the Testing Coordinator. Tests not offered on-site, may be taken at a testing center in their area. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

  • Is community service an important part of the Deerfield experience?

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    The legacy of Frank L. Boyden means that service is an intrinsic part of a Deerfield education. Every year students are reminded of the words of Mr. Boyden: “The test of the worth of any school is, in the last analysis, the record of her alumni… it is our sincere hope that the tradition of service instilled and nurtured here… may endure always to the lasting benefit of the country and the world.” With such a powerful call for service at the heart of its mission, Deerfield places a strong emphasis on service in all its forms. As such, there are a plethora of service opportunities at Deerfield, and students are enthusiastically encouraged to participate as much as they can.

  • What role does the community service board play at Deerfield?

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    Deerfield’s varied and expansive community service programs require a great deal of planning and organization. Most programs are planned through the CSGC Student Board. The board handles all event planning and fundraising and serves as a liaison between the school and other Franklin County and regional service organizations.

  • What are some of the large-scale community service events students participate in?

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    The annual Spring Term Community Event, hosted at the Deerfield Academy Track, draws the largest number of students to any one service event.  Each year, the CSGC Student Board determines which organization will be the focus of our fundraising and awareness efforts, and the spring term event is the culmination of this year-long effort.  In the recent past, the American Cancer Society and Cancer Connection of Northampton have been the organizations the Deerfield Academy community has supported.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County is the service program with the largest participation, calling on approximately seventy juniors and seniors to serve as “Bigs” who spend Friday evenings with a child from Franklin County to serve as mentors and role models. Deerfield Academy also hosts several Red Cross blood drives, which collect blood for use in local hospitals, and students participate as donors and volunteers.

  • How does a student see the school psychiatrist?

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    The school psychiatrist comes to campus once or twice per month to see students in psychiatric consultation. Common reasons for students to see the psychiatrist include depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and ADD/ADHD. Appointments with the psychiatrist are typically scheduled by a member of the counseling staff or by the school doctor. Follow-up appointments are scheduled directly with the psychiatrist. Permission must be obtained from parents before seeing the psychiatrist. Parents will be billed by the psychiatrist. That portion of the fee covered by health insurance should be reimbursed to the parents by their health insurance company.  If you have additional questions, call the Health Center at 413-774-1600

  • How can students get involved in theater?

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    Students can either audition to be a part of the cast, or sign up to work on the theater tech crew. Both of these options require a full term co-curricular commitment. Theater tech does everything from stage managing, to light design, to building sets. Everyone is welcome to audition for the cast and to help out with theater tech. Students with a talent and interest in theater can obtain permission to bypass Deerfield’s two-term interscholastic sports requirement for freshmen and sophomores if they instead participate in theater for two or more terms.

  • Are students required to take an English class each year?

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    Every student must take at least one English class during each of their years at Deerfield. Students interested in playing NCAA Division I or Division II athletics, particularly those who have repeated a grade, should be aware that they must complete four NCAA-approved English classes during their first four years of high school. In some cases it may be necessary for students to double up on English. Even if students take two English classes in one year, they still must take an English class every year. For more detailed information, please refer to Deerfield’s full graduation requirements.

  • Can students with exceptional talent in visual art pursue it outside of the classroom?

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    Deerfield offers the option for students to pursue an “art exemption” instead of playing a sport in the afternoon. Students work on arts projects under the guidance of visual arts faculty, and present their work at the end of the term.

  • What kinds of visual arts courses does Deerfield offer?

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    Deerfield students can take classes in drawing, painting, photography, calligraphy, graphics, information design, videography, architecture, among others.

  • I’m not receiving text messages from Deerfield’s emergency notification system. How do I start to receive notifications?

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    Fill out our cell phone emergency notification form to add your cell phone number to the notification list.

  • Does Deerfield have athletic trainers?

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    Deerfield employs two full-time athletic trainers, who work in the Athletic Training Office, located in the Athletic Center. Trainers work with injured athletics and coordinate a weekly Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Clinic staffed by an orthopedic surgeon.

  • What is Deerfield’s ISEE school code?

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    Deerfield’s ISEE school code is 220685.

  • How do I get help from Information Technology Services?

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    The ITS Help Desk is located in the Koch Center for Science, Math, and Technology. Our hours of operation are posted online.  Stop by or call us at 413-774-1444 (x1444 on campus) or send us an email.

  • What do I do if my laptop is stolen, lost, or damaged?

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    Your laptop is covered by a 3 year AppleCare warranty which only covers manufacturer’s defects. A secondary insurance policy through Student Insurance Partners has been purchased for your laptop which covers accidental damage (e.g., spills, drops), theft, and loss of use due to fire, flood, or other natural disasters. If an insurance claim is filed, you and your parents will be responsible for paying a deductible in the amount of $200. In the rare instance where the insurance does not cover the damage or loss (e.g., wear and tear, purposeful damage), you and your parents will be responsible for the repair and/or replacement of the laptop.

    If your laptop is damaged, please bring it to the ITS Help Desk to be repaired. If it is stolen, please file a police report and report the incident to the ITS Help Desk so that we can facilitate the insurance claim.

  • Does the Finance Office cash checks?

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    The Finance Office will cash personal checks up to $250, except those drawn on overseas banks. If you wish to cash overseas checks, you should set up a local bank account.

  • Do students have ID cards?

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    Each student is issued a photo ID card at the beginning of the school year, which he or she can use to access dormitories, check out materials at the library and make purchases at campus stores (Hitchcock House, Athletic Store, Greer Store, and Louis Cafe). Our present card system is now being converted from a charge system to a debit system. Parents will receive information in August 2016 as to how to apply funds and set up this debit account.

  • How do I request a course change?

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    If at any time after submitting your course requests you wish to make a change, we ask that you first consult with your advisor. You should then fill out the online course change request form with your request for courses to add and courses to drop. Course change requests are not automatically granted, but are reviewed with respect to your long-range academic program, as discussed with an advisor, and the limitations of the established class schedule. Ordinarily, any changes must take place within the first two weeks of a term, and all changes must be approved by the Academic Dean’s office.

  • How do I get permission to leave campus?

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    If you leave campus during the day for any reason, you must complete the off-campus signout form. If you would like to be off-campus for an overnight trip, including weekends, you MUST fill out the overnight permission form. If your request has been approved, you should print your confirmation and tape it to the door of your room.

    For a more detailed explanation of signout policies, visit our Travel and Signout page.

  • What are feeds?

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    Feeds are times when dormitory corridors gather to eat and enjoy time together. Each corridor is entitled to one free “feed” per term from the Dining Hall. During the fall and spring, the feed will be a hamburger/hot dog cookout with chips, condiments, cookies, fruit, and milk. During the winter term, grinders are served instead.

  • I’m planning my wedding (or other special event) and would like it to take place on the Deerfield campus. Whom should I contact?

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    If scheduling permits, Deerfield alums can schedule special events utilizing a number of campus venues. Contact Mike McCarthy, Director of Food Services at Deerfield Academy, for more information.

  • Where is the Head of School’s Office?

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    Head of School Margarita Curtis’ office is located on the first floor of the Main School Building, outside of the Caswell Library.

  • Who can use the athletic facilities?

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    The athletic facilities, including the gym, pool, tennis courts, and squash courts, are open to all students, faculty, and staff during their hours of operation. At the beginning of the year all students participate in an orientation that walks them through proper use of the fitness center, and all new students take a required swim test before they can use the pool. Hours for athletic facilities are posted online.

  • Who coaches Deerfield teams?

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    Deerfield teams are typically coached by classroom teachers and other members of the staff, although occasionally Deerfield will hire additional coaches to provide outside expertise. Having coaches who are also students’ teachers, hall residents, and advisors promotes deeper connections between students and faculty.

  • What are Deerfield’s playing fields like?

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    Deerfield is fortunate to have some of the most well-maintained athletic facilities in the state. Lacrosse and field hockey teams compete on either of Deerfield’s two turf fields, and soccer and football play on the pristine playing fields on the lower level. Please see the Athletics Facilities Page for more information.

  • Do students have to pay to use the shipping and receiving facilities?

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    Students do not need to pay for incoming shipments. Outgoing packages are subject to standard shipping fees. Accepted payment methods are cash, check, or charge to student account.

  • How do students receive regular mail?

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    All students are assigned personal student mailboxes in the student mailroom, located in the gym across from the Greer Store. Regular mail is distributed daily on weekdays. Students should be sure to memorize their combinations (included in their registration packets and available on DAinfo), and check their mailboxes often. Important school information, such as student charge sheets and the Deerfield Scroll, is also distributed through the mailboxes. For assistance accessing your mailbox, contact Joe Delaney at x1870.

  • How can I become an e-proctor?

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    Upperclassmen can apply to become e-proctors each fall.

  • What are the responsibilities of e-proctors?

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    E-proctors are required to attend biweekly meetings, be involved in one “project” per term, post sustainability announcements and educational materials in dorms, and be a role model for their peers. They will play an important part in helping Deerfield to be environmentally sustainable. A complete list of e-proctors’ duties is available online.

  • What is the Energy Dashboard and how is it used?

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    The Energy Dashboard displays daily, weekly, and annual energy consumption information in a building-by-building format. In addition, you can track the performance of solar power systems on two buildings. The Dashboard is an integral part of coursework in many classrooms, and it is wildly popular during the Green Cup Challenge each year.

  • Does the Health Center do lab tests and X-rays?

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    We do strep tests and urinalyses at the Health Center at no charge. Blood tests are drawn at the Health Center and sent to the local hospital, the Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in Greenfield. We do not have X-ray facilities at the Health Center. Students are transported to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center for X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, etc. The Baystate Franklin Medical Center will bill your insurance company directly for lab tests and X-rays done at their facility.

  • Does the Health Center charge for services?

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    Routine outpatient services provided by the nursing staff and by the school doctor are free. There is a charge for laceration repair, however, which will be billed to your health insurance. When students stay at the Health Center for more than three nights, they are charged a daily fee starting on the fourth night. They are also charged a one-time fee for inpatient physician services for each Health Center stay longer than three nights. Some health insurance companies will cover the overnight charges, as the Health Center is a licensed medical facility. However, HMOs and managed care plans frequently will not cover these charges, as they have strict criteria for hospital admission. Even though a student may need to stay in the Health Center for a few days with prolonged fever or the flu or mononucleosis, an HMO may not pay the bill because these diagnoses do not meet their criteria for acute care hospitalization. For this reason, we strongly encourage purchasing the supplemental health insurance offered by the school, which will cover these expenses up to the limit of the coverage provided.

  • How do students see medical specialists?

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    The school physician frequently refers students to specialists in the local area, usually in Greenfield. Most commonly these referrals are for specialists in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, and oral surgery. However, a wide variety of medical and surgical specialists are available in the local area and those referrals are made as the need arises. Transportation is provided to and from doctor’s offices in Greenfield by the school for a small fee. The local hospital is the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. The closest tertiary care center is the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, a major teaching hospital associated with Tufts University Medical School.

  • How often do students need to meet with their college advisor?

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    There is no specific requirement for frequency of meetings, but most seniors meet with their advisor every two or three weeks to discuss their progress. Advisors may request more frequent meetings if a student is falling behind in the process, or around crucial times of the year (such as application deadlines).  Juniors will begin meeting with their advisor in late fall of junior year; they are encouraged to check in with their advisor about once a month.  Students can schedule meetings by visiting the College Advising Office on the second floor of the Boyden Library, emailing their college advisor, or using Outlook to request a meeting time online.

  • What are Deerfield’s theater facilities like?

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    Deerfield plays are usually staged in the Reed Black Box Theater, which can be transformed into almost any kind of set. Occasionally, larger productions are held on the main stage in the Large Auditorium. The entire arts facility is currently undergoing renovations, which will be completed for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • What kinds of theater classes are available for students?

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    Deerfield offers a progressive series of acting and acting tutorial classes. Also available to accomplished acting students are classes on directing for the theater. See full course descriptions in the course catalog.

  • How are students placed in language classes?

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    Students indicate which language they would like to take on their Course Request Form. If they have not taken that language previously, then they are automatically assigned to level one. Students who have taken a language before will be placed in an appropriate level. In the case of French and Spanish, students take an online placement test to determine their class. For other languages, students are placed according to their academic transcripts. If either a student or his or her language teacher feel that a student was placed inappropriately, then they can work together to find a more suitable level.

  • Are there any language clubs?

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    Deerfield has several language clubs for students who speak or are learning the language. They hold meetings and fundraisers, and host on campus events for the entire community. Some examples are the French Club’s extremely popular croissant sale, and the Arabic Club’s “Arabic Nights” dinner each year.

  • I’m locked out of my room. What do I do?

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    Call security at (413) 774-1558 (extension 1558) or 772-9880.

  • How do I submit a Physical Plant work order?

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    Any member of the Deerfield community can place a work order by using the SchoolDude online request form. After you submit your work order, you will receive an acknowledgment email, and you will be notified about progress on your work order up to its completion.

  • My laptop isn’t working properly. What should I do?

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    The staff at the ITS Help Desk is available for any technology-related question or problem with your Deerfield Academy-provided laptop. If your laptop is having any problems it should be brought to the Help Desk as soon as possible. 

  • I would like to attend weekly religious services at a local place of worship. Is transportation provided?

    1 person found this helpful

    Transportation is provided to services at nearby Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, a Jewish synagogue, and other places of worship as requested. Jan Flaska, Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life, can help make arrangements.

  • When should I register with the NCAA Eligibility Center?

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    Students who want to play a sport in college at the Division I, IA, or II level, must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by the end of their junior year. For more important information about NCAA academic requirements, please visit Athletic Recruiting.

  • How do I register for standardized tests?

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    • SAT: College Board website with school code 220685
    • ACT: ACT website with center code 234820
    • AP: via Mrs. Thiel, the testing coordinator
    • PSAT: all sophomores and juniors are automatically registered
  • How can I get involved in Student Council?

    1 person found this helpful

    All Student Council positions are elected yearly, and all students are eligible to run. Each class has multiple representatives, and students are also elected to be Student Council president, chair, post-graduate representative, and two day student representatives. A full list of current members is available on the Student Council website.

  • When is school meeting?

    1 person found this helpful

    School meeting takes place every Wednesday morning. It is a time for the entire Deerfield community to gather to share news, celebrate achievements, and hear distinguished speakers.

  • Where is the Human Resources Office located?

    1 person found this helpful

    Human Resources is located in the basement of the Main School Building.

  • I’m reading the book Death Be Not Proud about Johnny Gunther, a former Deerfield student, for a school project. Do you have any pictures or information about him?

    2 people found this helpful

    The Deerfield Archives may be of assistance.

  • I just published a book. How can I submit it for consideration to be reviewed in the next issue of Deerfield Magazine?

    1 person found this helpful

    Submissions for the magazine can be sent directly to Jessica Day, Managing Editor, at jday@deerfield.edu

  • I would like to make a gift of stock to Deerfield. Where can I find instructions for completing the transaction?

    1 person found this helpful

    Instructions on transferring securities to Deerfield Academy can be found online.

  • Can I make a gift to Deerfield online? Is it secure?

    1 person found this helpful

    Gifts can be made securely online using your MC, Visa, or AMEX. Our online giving form incorporates industry standard, state of the art SSL technology allowing you to make your gift with confidence. Our giving page can also accommodate recurring credit card gifts for up to five years, and allows you to choose the frequency (annually, quarterly, weekly, etc.).

  • I’m making plans to visit Deerfield. What local accommodations are available?

    1 person found this helpful

    A list of hotels, motels, B&B’s and restaurants within 30 minutes of Deerfield can be found online. For availability, rates and reservations, please contact the facilities directly.

  • Do you have information on Commencement and/or a schedule of activities?

    1 person found this helpful

    Deerfield’s Commencement takes place during Memorial Weekend each May. Commencement information will be shared with seniors and parents in March. For more information regarding Commencement, please contact Jenny Hammond, Associate Director of Alumni Relations.

  • I used to receive the Scroll and I seem to have stopped getting it. Can I get on the mailing list again?

    1 person found this helpful

    The Scroll is available online at Deerfield.edu/scroll. If you would like to receive monthly email updates of student-generated news, please register using the box labeled EMAIL LIST on the Scroll home page.

  • I would like to get in touch with one of your alums. I was a student at Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill School in Greenfield while he was at Deerfield in the early ’60s. Can you help me reconnect with him?

    1 person found this helpful

    We are unable to give out alumni contact information to non-members of the Deerfield community without permission. We can however, forward your message, and ask that he be in touch with you directly. Send your message to alumni@deerfield.edu and we’ll do our best to get it to him. If we do not have current contact information, we will let you know.

  • I’m planning a surprise party for my husband’s 50th birthday. Can I get a list of his classmates/friends addresses so that I can send them invitations?

    1 person found this helpful

    Please contact the Alumni Office with all requests.

  • My class tie has been ruined. Do you have any left?

    1 person found this helpful

    Since class ties were first instituted in 1983, we’ve had a small number of extra ties each year. There are a very limited number remaining and there may not be ties available for all classes. Please contact Annual Giving or 413-774-1460 to find out what’s available. Or check out other ties available through the school store online.

  • I’ve lost my yearbook. Can I get a replacement?

    1 person found this helpful

    Older yearbooks are still available on a limited basis. Please contact the yearbook staff with your specific requests. Yearbooks are always on display in the Boyden Library or in the Caswell Library in the Main School Building.

  • I haven’t received my yearbook. When will it arrive?

    1 person found this helpful

    Current yearbooks are mailed to seniors in the fall by the publisher to their address on record with the Alumni Office. The goal is to have yearbooks available by late September. If you have not received yours by December 1, please email the yearbook staff. Keep in mind that mailing to an international address will take longer.

  • How do I request a copy of my official Deerfield transcript?

    1 person found this helpful

    Transcripts can be obtained by filling out our online transcript form. There is no fee for a transcript.

  • How can I find more information about Deerfield alumni?

    1 person found this helpful

    Questions regarding Deerfield graduates or former students should be directed to alumnirecords@deerfield.edu or 413-774-1474.

  • What benefits does Deerfield offer to its employees?

    1 person found this helpful

    Deerfield Academy offers a variety of benefits to its employees, including retirement, health and dental insurance, life and total disability, flexible compensation plan, paid time off, tuition remission, tuition reimbursement, and others. An overview of employee benefits is available in our employment section.

  • I have made my course selections in DAinfo, but need to send the Registrar a message to help clarify my decisions. Does this page have a place to do that?

    1 person found this helpful

    Look for the “Add/Edit Course Registration Comment” link at the top of the page.  That will open a dialog within the page which allows you to enter comments.

  • I want to double up in science this year. How do I make a second science selection when requesting courses in DAinfo?

    1 person found this helpful

    At the bottom of the Course Requests page there is an “Add a course” icon on the left. Click that button and a new row will appear. Any course added under “Add a course” will be added to your requests. Please use “Add a course” again to enter your alternate.

  • Is there a best browser to use for course signups?

    1 person found this helpful

    No, but the course signup page in DAinfo does not work at all in Internet Explorer 7.

  • Is there a way to read Deerfield Magazine online?

    1 person found this helpful

    Past and current issues of Deerfield Magazine are available online for reading.

  • Does Deerfield comply with NCAA student-athlete requirements?

    1 person found this helpful

    Deerfield is highly conscious of the needs of its student-athletes, and offers a wide range of NCAA eligible classes. The College Advising Office and Deerfield coaches are accustomed to assisting students seeking to play sports in college, and they are experienced in guiding students through the recruiting process. They will work with students to be sure they meet the NCAA requirements, and are in the best position possible to be recruited.  Mrs. Thiel in the Academic Dean’s office is our liaison to the NCAA compliance center and she can be a good source of guidance and information.

  • Who can participate in recreational sports?

    Recreational sports are typically open to juniors and seniors as a co-curricular option, but some may allow underclassmen to participate with the coach’s permission.

  • What are the Workman Grant and Cost Award?

    The David Workman Grant and Charles Piper Cost Award provide funding for students to engage in community service projects during summer vacation. The Workman Grant requires an application, due in March each year. No separate application is required for the Cost Award.

  • How can I contact the Security office?

    You can reach the Security Office at 413-774-1558, or the Security cell phone at 413-772-9880. The cell phone is answered 24/7/365, and there is always a security officer on duty.

  • When should I call Security?

    You can contact the Security Office at any time if you feel unsafe or require assistance both on- or off-campus. In the case of fire or medical emergencies, first call 911 and then call Security’s cell phone at 413-772-9880.

  • How do I make a post to the Daily Bulletin?

    Anyone—students, faculty, and staff—can post to the Daily Bulletin by using the “Post to the Daily Bulletin” form located on the Daily Bulletin. Your post will be reviewed by the Communications Office and then posted. For assistance, please contact the Communications Office at x1860.

  • What is Think 80|20?

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    Think 80|20 is Deerfield’s campus recycling program, which has the goal of changing our habits so that only 20% of our campus waste ends up in a landfill. Think 80|20 signs are posted in all campus buildings and on all recycling/compost/landfill receptacles to educate people on how to dispose of their waste appropriately.

  • Does the Health Center notify parents when students come to the Health Center?

    In general, we consider it the responsibility of the student to inform parents concerning illness and injury. Parents are not called for routine use of Health Center services, including care of minor injuries and illnesses. Sometimes routine referrals may be made to local specialists for routine uncomplicated injuries without notifying parents. However, parents are always notified by the school doctor of significant illnesses and injuries, especially when anticipated treatment is prolonged or complex. In the case of emergencies, parents are contacted as soon as it is practical after emergency medical care is begun and/or transport to the emergency room is initiated.

  • Does the Health Center notify teachers of missed classes?

    It is the responsibility of the student to inform teachers when he or she misses a class for medical reasons. This can be easily done by phone, voicemail, email, or in person. It is particularly important for students to talk to their teachers if they are unable to complete a graded assignment because of illness or injury, whether it is an in-class assignment such as a test or quiz or an out-of-class assignment such as a paper or project. It is the student’s responsibility to clarify with teachers as soon as possible when the assignment will be made up. A student’s advisor and the Dean of Student’s Office are notified of Health Center visits that occur during class-time as well as overnight stays in the Health Center. When a student misses a class because of being in the Health Center, the Dean of Student’s Office will excuse the absence and Accountability Points (AP’s) will not be given. Although teachers are not automatically notified when students miss their class for medical reasons, teachers can and often do check with the Dean or the Health Center to verify whether a student has been in the Health Center during their class.

  • Are students required to take a language class each year?

    Students are required to take either three years of one language or, with approval of the Language Department, two years of two languages.

  • Are there opportunities for students to apply the language skills they have learned outside the classroom?

    As an SYA member school, Deerfield is able to offer a wide range of study abroad options. In addition to spending school years living and learning languages in foreign countries, Deerfield students can also participate in faculty-led trips during the spring and summer, which allow students to use their language skills in practical settings, under the guidance of Deerfield language faculty.

  • Are students required to take visual art during their Deerfield careers?

    Students are required to take at least two terms of visual and performing arts during their time at Deerfield. Visual art classes can fulfill this requirement. For more detailed information, see Deerfield’s full graduation requirements.

  • I can’t open my student mailbox! What do I do?

    First, make sure you have the right combination by checking DAinfo. Then contact Mr. Delaney in the Communications Office for help opening your mailbox.

  • What services does the Health Center offer?

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    A full-time physician, nurse practitioner, and registered nurses provide 24/7 medical care to the campus community at the Health Center. Nursing staff are available 24 hours per day, and doctor’s appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-5:30 pm. Counselors and a psychiatrist provide individual counseling on issues relating to social adjustment, emotional growth, and boarding school life.

  • Does Hitchcock House sell gift certificates?

    Yes, you can purchase gift certificates to be used at all campus stores and cafes (Hitchcock House, Athletic Store, Greer Store, Koch Cafe) in Hitchcock House. Denominations from $5-$100. These physical gift certificates cannot be used at the Online Store. Virtual Gift Certificates can also be purchased through the Online Store in denominations of $25, $50, and $100. These will be sent by email with a validation code for redemption online only. They can not be used in the retail stores.

  • How do students request courses?

    New students submit their course requests using the online Course Request tool on DAinfo. Returning students submit their requests online in conjunction with their advisor. Please refer to the course request guidelines for year-by-year information that will assist you with making your choices. In early summer, department chairs will review and consider your requests and, in mid-August, we will send you your final schedule.

  • What address for Deerfield works for my GPS?

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    In GPS systems, you can use: 7 Old Main Street, 1 Albany Road, or 1 Academy Lane.

  • Are fee waivers available for standardized tests?

    Juniors and seniors who qualify for fee waivers for standardized tests, such as the SAT and AP, should contact Mrs. Thiel for a special code to register online.

  • I lost my class ring. Is it possible to get another?

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    Deerfield class rings are ordered through Jostens. You can contact them directly to arrange for a new ring.

  • I’m thinking about grad school at the University of North Carolina. Can I find other Deerfield alums who attended UNC?

    Download our mobile application which includes a directory. If you need help finding alumni in your area, please contact the Alumni Office or 413-774-1474.

  • I didn’t receive a copy of Deerfield Magazine. Can you send me another?

    Requests for copies of recent Deerfield publications can be sent to Jessica Day, Managing Editor, at jday@deerfield.edu. Copies of older issues may be available. Please contact the Deerfield Archives with your specific request.

  • I’m moving to San Francisco. Can I get a list of alums in the area?

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    Download our mobile application which includes a directory. If you need help finding alumni in your area, please contact the Alumni Office or 413-774-1474.

  • How do I decide which classes to request?

    A good place to start is our Course Requests section on the website. You can also consult your adviser.

  • When I’m requesting courses, what kind of comments should I make in the comments box?

    Anything that you need the Registrar to know about your requests.  As an example: You have spoken to a department chair or an advisor about your course requests and something in that conversation potentially affects your schedule.

  • How do I use the priority feature when requesting courses in DAinfo?

    Let’s say you are a senior and have prioritized your 6 English requests with “Creative Nonfiction” as your first priority request. You decide instead to request “Jazz Age” as your first priority instead. You can either change the priority of “Jazz Age” to priority 1 then watch the other English requests get bumped down in priority order. You can also use the “Top” icon to move “Jazz Age” to your first choice.

  • Is there a way for me to obtain copies of old archival photos?

    Email  the Academy Archives if you are looking for a specific archival photo, that they may be able to find for you. 

  • Are there older copies of the Scroll that I can look at?

    The Boyden Library has older copies of the Scroll available for viewing. You can also get in contact with the Academy Archives for more information. 

  • Is there a rehab process for injured athletes?

    Yes, the athletic trainers are very good about coming up with a rehabilitation routine that compliments what the doctor has to say. Students are about the complete their rehab with the athletic trainers for as long as that process takes.  

  • How do I know whether to go to the Health Center or the trainers?

    As default always go the the Health Center, they can set you up with what you need and send you to the trainers if it calls for that. The athletic trainers are extremely qualified to help with sports injuries, rehabilitation, and wrapping up athletes. 

  • How do I know how many exemptions to claim on my W4?

    The IRS provides an online withholding calculator that can help you determine how many exemptions you should be claiming on your W4.  Have your most recent pay stubs handy and visit this link:

    IRS-Withholding-Calculator

     

     

  • Does Deerfield have a school song?

    Once a week School Meeting begins with the singing of one of Deerfield’s school songs, and at every Sunday sit down dinner the whole school comes together and sings the Evensong. During the spring term, as seniors prepare to graduate, they are called upon many times to join in the Evensong. Even at the Academy’s annual Investiture event, alumni, parents, and students gather at sunset to sing the Evensong together. All these songs hold very special meaning for students, alumni, and faculty alike:

    The Deerfield Evensong
    Words by Richard Warren Hatch
    Music by Ralph Herrick Oatley
    Far beyond each western mountain
    Gleam the fires of dying day;
    Softly from each hidden fountain
    Flows the river on its way.
    All the valley lies in splendor
    Hushed before the coming night;
    From a hundred ancient windows
    Flashes back the sunset’s light.Now the meadow-wind’s soft whisper
    Stirs the old elm’s silhouette,
    Bends each leafy tower above us,
    Caught in evening’s dusky net.
    Now the day is done with striving;
    Let the heart hold memory bright;
    Soon these halls and fields we’re leaving—
    Raise we song before the night.Let the circling night be softened
    By the ember’s last faint glow;
    In the firelight we will gather
    Bound by song before we go.
    Deerfield Days are days of glory,
    Memory lives in every one;
    Let no other name be spoken
    Till the even-hour is done.
    The Deerfield Song
    Words by Ralph Herrick Oatley
    Her sons and daughters rally
    In thoughts of Deerfield days,
    When in Pocumtuck Valley,
    We sing their songs of praise,
    Deerfield, Deerfield, Deerfield, Hail!New laurels we’ll bring to thee,
    Won on life’s field;
    Honor and victory, to thee we will ever yield.
    Let’s pledge loyal hearts again;
    Come now with all your might,
    And sing to the glory of the Green and the White.And once again our voices
    We lift to praise her fame.
    Each loyal heart rejoices
    In glory of her name.
    Deerfield, Deerfield, Deerfield, Hail!


    The Deerfield Cheering Song
    Words by Philip E. Charron, Jr.
    Music by J. Clement Schuler

    Deerfield! Go onward marching,
    Loyal though win or lose,
    And though the odds may be great
    We’ll fight for vict’ry
    Vict’ry for you we choose.
    Fight down the fields of green, now!
    (Our foes) shall vanquished be.
    For we will back you to stand
    With the best in the land
    Old Deerfield! We’re cheering for thee.

  • Does studying abroad require proficiency in a foreign language?

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    Language requirements vary by program. Consult individual program web sites for more information.

  • What are Deerfield’s lab facilities like?

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    The Koch Science Center, dedicated in 2007, has extensive lab space tailored to the needs of individual subjects in each classroom. Deerfield’s laboratory supervisor works with teachers to provide the best lab experience possible.

  • Where is the Shipping & Receiving Office?

    Shipping & Receiving is located on the south side of Physical Plant. At the Physical Plant office, continue straight down the hallway and down the stairs to the back of the building. Shipping & Receiving is located on the right.

  • How do I request cookies and cakes for Deerfield students?

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    Cookies and cakes may be purchased for Academy students, if orders are placed at least 7 days in advance. Students will be notified when their cakes/cookies are ready and available for pick-up during dinner. The Dining Hall reserves the right to refuse orders during busy periods (including, but not exclusively, Parents Weekend, Prom, and Commencement).

  • Where can I find more information about Deerfield’s legendary Headmaster Frank L. Boyden?

    Frank Boyden was Deerfield’s longest serving headmaster from 1902-1968. His time at Deerfield is captured in John McPhee’s 1966 book, The Headmaster. For additional information, please visit the Deerfield Archives.

  • How do students receive their medication for ADD or depression?

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    Medications used to treat ADD and depression fall into the category of psychotropic medications. Their use in schools such as DA is regulated by the state and must be handled according to the Psychotropic Medication Policy to be in compliance with state regulations. Psychotropic medications must be kept in the Health Center and dispensed to the student by the nursing staff. Although this may sound cumbersome, students quickly find this easy to accomplish. You may ask the Health Center staff for a copy of the Psychotropic Medication Policy or you can find it online here.

  • Are students required to take a math class each year?

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    In order to be eligible for a diploma, students must complete at least Algebra II. Most students choose to take a math class every year, and proceed well beyond the minimum requirement. For more detailed information, please refer to Deerfield’s full graduation requirements.

  • Where do I sit in the Dining Hall?

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    At walkthrough meals, students can sit wherever they would like in the Dining Hall.

    At sit-down meals, students are assigned to a different table every three weeks, which allows them to get to know many different students and faculty members. Table rotations at posted on the Daily Bulletin.