Rules and Expectations


As members of the Deerfield Academy community, these core values should guide our day-to-day interactions, promoting a caring, compassionate, ethical, and inclusive community for all.

This Handbook is designed to help ensure that we are adhering to those core values. It offers clarity for specific behaviors that align with them—and behaviors that do not. Additionally, the Handbook seeks to foster healthy interactions across the school community and the habits of community that will endure over the course of students’ lifetimes.

The Handbook has seen many iterations over the years as it adapted alongside the student experience. It will inevitably go through more changes in the coming months and years. If you have clear, constructive feedback and suggestions for its next version, please let us know. We always welcome the respectful exchange of ideas.

Sam Bicknell, Dean of Students