On Monday evenings from 5:15-6:30 pm (picked up at the Main School Building), Deerfield students and faculty, along with members of the St. James’ Church, serve meals to the local residents. It is also a great opportunity to share stories with the interesting people of Franklin County.
Community Service Student Board organizes weekend service projects in neighboring Franklin County that take place on Saturday or Sunday from 12:00-2:00 pm (picked up at the Main School Building). The activities range from raking leaves to stacking firewood and provide a great study break for the students and a wonderful help for the local residents.
In the winter, Special Olympics Floor Hockey takes place on Sundays from 9:00-11:00 am (in the East Gym) and is a great opportunity that brings together DA students with local adolescents and adults with mental disabilities while playing floor hockey. Special Olympics Skating is also offered in the Ice Rink at the same time in the winter. In the spring, Special Olympics Swimming takes place on Fridays (or Thursdays) from 7:00-8:00 pm (in the Koch Pool).
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program connects juniors and seniors at Deerfield Academy with children in Franklin County who want to have an older boy or girl as a role model. Many Fridays throughout the year, the Bigs and Littles meet from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and spend the evening together playing tag, basketball, hide-and-go-seek, board games, and much more.
The Old Deerfield Nursery School is located on Memorial St. (a three minute walk from the MSB) and is a preschool for 3-5 year olds. Throughout the morning school day (until lunchtime), Deerfield students can drop by and help out or play. Deerfield students might participate in games, singing, reading, drawing, and more.
The Relay for Life event is a volunteer-driven fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Organized by a leadership committee consisting of students only. It is a great event for a amazing cause that brings the entire community of students, faculty, and staff together.
In October and in May, Deerfield hosts blood drives for the American Red Cross. Led by student leaders and volunteers, the Blood Drive takes place in the East Gym throughout the day.
Every trimester on one afternoon, each co-curricular team takes on a team service project. These projects range from activities on campus such as raking leaves and cleaning the Dining Hall to projects off campus.
Students, also, have the option of choosing to do community service as a term co-curricular option. Students can choose to go to local elementary schools to help the younger students with their homework or to engage in games or physical exercises. Other students are able to teach local senior citizens how to use computers in the language lab on campus. Farming is offered as a co-curricular in the fall term, when students can be outside helping with the local farm work.
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 email@example.com 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.