Dining Hall
and Stores

Dining Hall

The Academy believes that sit-down meals provide an important opportunity for enhancing the community. For this reason, family-style meals are served seven times per week. Boarding students attend all sit-down meals. Day students attend all sit-down lunches and are encouraged to stay for the evening meal.  A complete list of Dining Hall Meal Times is available. Students are assigned to a different table every three weeks, which allows them to get better acquainted with different students and faculty members in a relaxed setting. The Dining Hall is full of life, and the students applaud for their favorite meals and break into song on birthdays. Students follow the rules of the Dining Hall–maintaining an environment that is comfortable and engaging for all–and they take turns waiting on tables and performing other kitchen duties.

The Dining Hall also operates the Greer Store, in the West Gym, and Louis Cafe, in the Koch Center, two popular spots for students to purchase drinks and snacks outside of meal times. Additional services provided by the Dining Hall include: cake and cookie orders, dormitory and exam week feeds, catering for on-campus events,  box lunches for athletic teams, and corridor supplies.  Forms to request these services can be found on the forms tab of the Daily Bulletin.

Food Committee

Interested in what the Dining Hall serves our community? Passionate about food and nutrition? Student on the Food Committee meet with representatives from the Dining Hall every week to discuss the Dining Hall’s upcoming menu. Have questions? Email Ms. Boston

Vegetarian Options, Special Diets

The Dining Hall offers vegetarian options for every meal, and we routinely accommodate special diets of every type. In addition, the Academy has engaged in coordinated effort to promote healthy eating habits in our students. Our Director of Dining Services is available to discuss any specific dietary needs you might have.

Grass-fed Beef

Deerfield Academy dining services gets all of their ground beef from the Lewis Family Farm in Essex, NY. This beef is 100% certified organic, and the cows are grass-fed their entire lives. This is just one more example of how Deerfield Academy is leading the way towards serving more local and wholesome foods that sustain the local community and while nourishing our DA community with delicious and healthful foods.

The Louis Cafe

Affectionately (but erroneously) called the “Koch Cafe,” the Louis Cafe is located in the lower level of the Koch Center. (Hence the confusion.) Stop here for juice, coffee, panini sandwiches, chips, and candy between classes.

Regular hours:
M–F: 7:30-11:30am / 1-3pm / 7-9:30pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 7-9:30pm

The Greer Store

“The Greer” is the campus’ central snack bar and hangout. With a wide menu and extended hours, it’s the place to go to see friends, watch TV, or just chill. Here you’ll find hot food ranging from grilled cheese to pizza- and don’t miss the froyo!

Regular hours:
M–F: 8:30-11:30am / 12:30-5:30pm / 6:45-8:45pm
Sat: Closed 9:30am-5:30 pm / 6:45-11:30 pm
Sun: 12:30-5:30 pm / 6:45-8:45 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

The DC/AHC selection process is now underway. Rising juniors and seniors have until April 24 to fill out an application; an email went out to these respective classes with instructions, and decisions will be announced in mid-May. Please email Ms. Melvoin if you have any questions.

Deerfield’s advisor feedback and request process has always taken place virtually, so we’ll undertake the process in the same manner this year. Advisor-related questions can be directed to Ms. Creagh.

The only document you will need to return will be your form I-20; please contact Ms. Dolan with any visa-related questions.

The Student Life Office usually holds its housing “lottery” for returning students in May. Rising tenth-graders, juniors, and seniors come to the Student Life Office and pull their tiles at designated times over the course of one week. Obviously, with students off campus, we won’t be able to do that this year. Instead, students will email their housing preference forms to the Student Life Office, and we’ll use a randomizing software to assign students housing lottery numbers. The process will then unfold in its usual manner.  

In mid-April, Ms. Creagh will email all returning students with further information. That email will include a link to online housing preference forms; please direct any housing questions to Ms. Creagh.

Please contact Ms. Dolan at kdolan@deerfield.edu with any visa-related questions.

All Student Council positions are elected yearly, and all students are eligible to run. Each class has multiple representatives, and students are also elected to be Student Council president, chair, post-graduate representative, and two day student representatives. A full list of current members is available on the Student Council website.

Driver education is offered on campus through Liberty Driving School. Students must be 15-3/4 years or older to start the course.

Deerfield students can leave campus during most weekends, provided that they submit the overnight permission form and their request is approved. Some weekends throughout the year are closed–including Commencement–and on these weekends, students may not leave campus. All closed weekends are marked on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

If you leave campus during the day for any reason, you must complete the off-campus signout form. If you would like to be off-campus for an overnight trip, including weekends, you must fill out the overnight permission form. If your request has been approved, you should print your confirmation and tape it to the door of your room.

For links to forms and a more detailed explanation of signout policies, visit our Travel and Signout page.

Transportation is provided to services at nearby faith communities. Jan Flaska, Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life, can help make arrangements.

No, refrigerators and microwaves are not permitted in dorm rooms.

Every dorm room has a small closet or wardrobe, 80″ twin bed, bureau, desk and chair, mirror, wastebasket, overhead light, and carpeting.

The nearest airport is Bradley International Airport, located outside of Hartford, Connecticut, 55 miles south of Deerfield on I-91. Deerfield arranges transportation on charter buses to Bradley Airport during Thanksgiving vacation, winter vacation, long winter weekend, and spring vacation. As sign-up time approaches, students will receive email instructions on how to purchase tickets. There are also many limo, taxi, and shuttle services available that provide transport to the airport.

Contact Student Life

studentlife@deerfield.edu
413-774-1452

Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm

Main School Building, First Floor
PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342