Course change requests are not automatically granted. Many factors will be weighed when examining such a request, such as the limitations of the established class schedule and the student’s long-range academic program.
Requests are permitted for level changes and to address clerical errors. Changes from one course to another are permitted only if a student would be moving from a larger class to a smaller class. If there are collateral changes that need to be made to accommodate a course preference switch, class size parameters must also be considered for any additional moves (i.e., if the switch is not a direct period swap or a move into a free period).
Course changes will not be made based upon term preference, teacher requests, nor to move to a different section of a multi-section course (no matter what section sizes are).
Restricted Course Change Period
Dates: First Three Days of Classes.
Requirements: Course changes allowed for level changes only (e.g., Spanish 2 to Spanish 1). Students must work with their teacher or department chair to submit a course change form.
Consulted Course Change Period
Dates: First Full Week of Classes (Monday-Friday after the first three days of classes).
Requirements: Students must have a face-to-face conversation with their current teacher(s) about why they would like to switch out of a class and then work with their advisor or teacher to submit the course change form.
Open Course Change Period
Dates: Before the first week of Winter or Spring Term.
Requirements: Course change requests are permitted for one-term or two-term Winter or Spring courses only. Students must work with their advisor or teacher to submit the course change form.
Consulted Course Change Period
Dates: First Week of Classes (deadline Friday of the first week).
Requirements: Course change requests are permitted for one-term or two-term Winter or Spring courses only. Students must have a face-to-face conversation with their current teacher(s) about why they would like to switch out of a class and then work with their advisor or teacher to submit the course change form.
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 Dean of Studies, Lydia Hemphill.
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.
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.
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.
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.