During the month of December, while campus will be closed to students, school will still be open. We are excited to offer a range of programming for the first ever D-Term: Deerfield from a Distance in December.

While we will not be able have in person face-to-face interactions, all programming will continue to be guided by DA’s six core values and the theme of “Engaged Citizenship.”

About D-Term

When is D-Term?

D-Term programming will run from December 7 – December 18

What is D-Term?

During this new, two-week remote-learning and community-building experience, a school-wide focus on engaged citizenship will be a central theme as we continue to work to realize Deerfield’s mission and core values in this new context. During D-Term, all students will participate in shared experiences including:

  • virtual School Meetings
  • virtual “sit-down meals”
  • Academy events
  • optional student activities ranging from acapella concerts to fitness programs

Each grade will have specific programming that will balance learning goals, community building, and off-screen opportunities for reflection, engagement with place, and independent inquiry.


What will each grade do?

9th & 10th Graders: Students in grades Nine and Ten will engage in custom-designed “D-Term Journeys,” in which they will explore a topic related to engaged citizenship in groups about the size of an academic course.

Juniors will work through a guided process of identifying their strengths and exploring their potential future goals under the guidance of the College Advising Office and with support from alumni guest speakers.

Seniors will focus primarily on the college application process, with opportunities to connect with alumni panels, as well. Our goal is to provide robust offerings with appropriate levels of flexibility to meet the needs and goals of different students in different circumstances during December.

All students will engage in community-wide activities, school meetings, and sit downs that will allow students to strengthen their relationships with their peers, meet new students, and dive into issues and topics they care about. D-term will culminate with a reflection letter and potential portfolio shared with each student’s advisor.

Virtual Campus Map