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We are brought together by a quest for knowledge
and join in time-tested traditions
among the aesthetic congruence of old spaces
and new ones,
we embrace the idea of being part of something larger than yourself,
all the while exploring and shaping the experience of the self.
We find equal power in reflection and forward thinking, practice and performance,
breadth and depth, work,
play,
and Green & White.
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The arts contribute greatly to campus life. From studio art classes, to photography, film & video, and advanced acting tutorials, every Deerfield student participates in the arts. Whether it’s music, dance, or design, students gain energy and essential skills from the arts at Deerfield.

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Your journey will include establishing a strong foundation for academic and extracurricular success—to test taking, meeting with advisors, reasearching and applying to college. Here are the details to help guide you:

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Please join the Frank L. and Helen Childs Boyden Society which honors and recognizes individuals who provide for Deerfield through bequests, trusts, retirement fund gifts, life insurance, real estate, and other planned gifts. There is no minimum required to join. No gift is too small . . . or too large!

For more information, contact our Gift Planning office at 413-774-1872.

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gifts have helped build Deerfield’s endowment, and bequests continue to sustain Deerfield’s strength and vitality in academics, athletics, arts, and community life. Include the Academy in your will or trust, or designate Deerfield as a beneficiary of an IRA or insurance policy. Enjoy the satisfaction of investing in future generations of Deerfield students and faculty. Membership in the Boyden Society is purely honorary —there is no obligation, and no proof of bequest intention is required.

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Studio Art

The visual arts play a significant role in the life of the school. Vibrant academic courses, unique cocurricular options, and substantive exhibitions captivate our students and inspire the community. Our course offerings provide an essential creative outlet and a means by which students can apply their artistic scholarship to real-world applications.

Photography

Our courses range from introductory to Advanced Placement and specialized tutorials, with content that delves deep into art history and addresses contemporary issues in photography. We explore the technical aspects of a variety of film and digital cameras, and work with processing techniques that range from nineteenth century cyanotype to twenty-first century Giclée printing. Projects are designed to teach skills in maximizing the potential of the camera while allowing students creative freedom.

program DETAILS

Our program tuition and other costs can change year-to-year, but the 2020 information below will provide a good estimate of what to expect.

application fee

International Application: $125

Domestic Application: $65

four week tuition

Program + boarding: $8,500

DAY PROGRAM: $4,500

Two week tuition

Program + boarding: $4,750

day program: $2,250

Boarding Tuition covers courses, room and board, linens, laundry, books, course equipment, on-campus activities, off-campus excursions, and Internet access. It does not cover health insurance if needed. It also does not cover students’ personal spending. Students will deposit spending money in advance. During the program, they can withdraw that money to purchase snacks and souvenirs, both on campus and during off-campus excursions. Remaining spending money will be reimbursed at the end of the program.

Day Tuition covers courses, meals, books, course equipment, on-campus activities, off-campus excursions, and Internet access. It does not cover health insurance if needed. It also does not cover students’ personal spending. Students will deposit spending money in advance. During the program, they can withdraw that money to purchase snacks and souvenirs, both on campus and during off-campus excursions. Remaining spending money will be reimbursed at the end of the program.

Virtual Program Tuition covers courses, access to online resources, materials and shipping costs of sending the required course materials to the student. It does not cover the cost of internet access for the student.

Financial Aid: The Experimentory offers a limited amount of financial assistance for domestic students. Financial aid is based on need and is applied for along with the program application. We are not able to provide financial aid to cover the cost of the entire program.

All students applying for financial aid must apply for both the program and financial aid by February 1 to be considered. Financial aid applicants will be notified of their admissions decision and financial aid decision together via email later that month.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Experimentory is designed to introduce our students to Deerfield Academy and boarding school life in general.  Our teachers and many of our staff members are at Deerfield all year round.  Further, the skills and concepts of the Experimentory are just the sort of skills that we believe make a successful student at any institution.  However, the Experimentory is not linked to Deerfield’s admission process and brings no specific advantage in admission to the Academy.

That said, Experimentory students get a taste of Deerfield Academy’s campus, teachers, culture, and values. This personal, experiential knowledge is valuable data for students and parents to know whether Deerfield Academy–or boarding school in general–is a good fit for them.

The Experimentory offers a limited amount of financial assistance for domestic students. Financial aid is based on need and is applied for along with the program application. We are not able to provide financial aid to cover the cost of the entire program. We are ready to consider financial aid applicants of all kinds – i.e. both day and boarding student and two week and four week students.

All students applying for financial aid must apply for both the program and financial aid by February 1 to be considered.  Financial aid applicants will be notified of their admissions decision and financial aid decision together via email later that month.

It is, of course, a completely made-up word, but still made up of meaningful parts. To start, it contains the word “Experiment.” We learn on our feet by trying, failing, considering what went wrong, and then trying again. It contains the word “mentor.” Our teachers coach and guide rather than simply lecture and instruct. And the suffix “–tory” – as in factory or dormitory – means place. So we’re a place to experiment with mentors.

Contact the Experimentory

experimentory@deerfield.edu
413-774-1436

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342