We invite you to join us in building Simmons Dorm

Opening August 2022

A distinguishing feature of Deerfield, and a cornerstone of this community, is our residential program, with nearly 584 boarding students living in 16 dormitories alongside faculty residents.

Designed by award-winning firm ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, Deerfield’s new dormitory will take its place among our storied buildings and contribute greatly to the student experience.

Only steps away from the D.S. Chen Center for Health and Wellness, the dorm will be built adjacent to DeNunzio and across from Rosenwald-Shumway, affording it a prominent place on campus. 

This dormitory will not only provide living space for students, but will support a critical and ongoing need at Deerfield: attracting and retaining outstanding teachers. Increasingly, faculty members come to Deerfield with a spouse and children, and creating appealing spaces for them is a top priority.

Gary Anderson P’22,’23, Trustee, Greenwich, CT

Liz Greer Anderson ’94 P’22,’23

Dana Mead ’78 P’18,’22, Trustee, Menlo Park, CA

D’Arcy Mead P’18,’22

Diana Newton P’12,’22,’24, Trustee, Dallas, TX

Geoffrey Newton ’80 P’12,’22,’24

“So much of Deerfield life is dorm life. Time spent on the corridor allows students from different backgrounds and countries to share common experiences, learn from one another, build camaraderie, and bond with both friends and faculty.”

Dr. John P.N. Austin, Head of School


  • 33,600 square-feet
  • Approximately 20 student rooms
  • 4 faculty apartments
  • 2 new common rooms
  • Elevator
  • Student laundry room
  • Faculty and student storage
  • Air conditioning
  • Brick façade
  • Slate roof

One of the most important attributes to all campus constituents—students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni—are the open vistas and sightlines of our beautiful campus. With this new dorm, we are able to provide views from the D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center all the way across campus to the Boyden Library. In addition, the dorms at the southern end of campus will be framed by a whole new quadrangle of green space.

“Alumni and parent support is at the core of sustaining Deerfield’s mission. This new dorm is an important part of our capital plan, enhancing students’ residential life experience for years to come.”

Brian P. Simmons P’12, ’14 President of the Board of Trustees

“As boarding schools seek to establish their “value added” among peer schools and compelling day alternatives, Deerfield can rely confidently on its residential program. For many of our students, lessons learned in the dorm—and connections made there—are the most transformative and enduring.”

Amie Creagh, Assistant Head of School for Student Life


Garden Courtyard at Simmons Dorm is designed as an open,
welcoming space—will help foster Deerfield’s core values of shared experiences, connectedness, reflection, and balance.

Centrally-located, the Garden Courtyards look across to the Dining Hall and other Deerfield landmarks, including Hitchcock House (the Academy’s bookstore) and the Main School Building, creating a visual path to the
hub of campus and a gathering place for all Deerfield students.

A plaque will honor parents of the Class of 2022
for their generous support of this project.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about supporting deerfield PLEASE Contact:

Julia Flannery P’21, Director of Parent Engagement
413-774-1593 / jflannery@deerfield.edu

There are many ways to give to Deerfield.

Financial gifts allow us to retain outstanding faculty; make new library acquisitions and information resources possible; purchase laboratory and classroom equipment; improve student and athletic facilities; and expand financial aid, among other things. Gifts to Deerfield are direct investments in programs that benefit your children and contribute to the Academy’s overall efforts by creating an environment of participation.

The Senior Parent Gift

Each year, parents of seniors generously underwrite a priority project at Deerfield. Past examples of senior parent gift projects have been the Student Services Suite in the Chen Health and Wellness Center; the Athletics Complex; the Innovation Lab in the Library; the College Advising Suite; and the Game Room, Common Room, and Garden Courtyard of the new Simmons Dorm.

We are excited to announce that this year’s Senior Parent Gift will honor the Class of 2023 by supporting the Dining Hall renovation project.

Commitments to the 2023 Senior Parent Gift may be paid over a five-year period, so we ask families to please consider a gift that is a multiple of their previous giving in support of the Academy. Please contact Julia Flannery (413-774-1593) for more information or to make your gift.

It is a long-standing tradition at Deerfield that our senior parents come together each year to fund a special building project or endowment as a legacy of the graduating class.

The Parents Annual Fund

Parents of ninth-graders, tenth-graders, and juniors provide unparalleled support to the Annual Fund. Donations from current parents account for 40% of everything the school raises. Deerfield parents Annual Giving always aims for 100% parent participation. We can only achieve this goal if everybody gives, so please consider your tax-deductible contribution today. No gift is too small and every gift is essential. Please contact Julia Flannery with any questions. 

The cost of a Deerfield education is approximately $84,000 per student per year – meaning that all of our students are on some measure of financial aid. Our endowment is able to provide a significant proportion of the difference between this cost and tuition, but not all of it. With this, we ask parents and alumni to help support the school’s mission as generously as they are able.

Other Capital Projects

Gifts to existing endowment funds and building projects are also meaningful to the Academy, and help strengthen the institution.

For more information, please contact Julia Flannery, Director of Parent Engagement, at 413-774-1593 or jflannery@deerfield.edu.

Contact the Director of Parent Engagement

Julia Flannery, P’21