Course Change Requests

Students can submit course change request forms after schedules are posted in August, up until the day before classes begin.  No course request changes other than level changes can be made during the first three days of the Fall Term.  After the first three class days of the Fall Term, forms can only be submitted by a student’s advisor, classroom teacher, or department chair.  The course change period will end on the Friday of the first full week of classes; this will be the case for any one term course in the Winter or Spring Terms.

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).

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Contact Academics
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Deerfield, MA 01342