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The Experimentory’s 2020 summer program has been cancelled.

In consultation with town and state public health officials, Deerfield Academy has decided to cancel the Experimentory program this summer. We are confident that suspending the Experimentory 2020 is the most prudent path forward to support the health of our participants and the public health of our greater community.

However, we hope you’ll consider applying for the summer of 2021! The information below will give you an overview of our application process. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at

Application Deadlines

Our Priority Deadline is early February. While we will likely continue to accept applications beyond that date, you will be less likely to receive a spot in your top choice session or classes after that date.

All Students

Here are a few things that you can prepare ahead of time before you apply:

The application requires a teacher recommendation.  We recommend that you:

  • Contact your teacher ahead of time to make sure they are willing and able to help.
  • Obtain the teachers’ full name and email address.
  • Let your teacher know that after you complete your application they will receive an email from us with instructions.

We will also need academic information from your school.  We recommend that you:

  • Contact your school beforehand to determine who can provide us with a copy of your transcript.  It will most likely be someone in your Guidance Office, Main Office, or Registrar Office.
  • Obtain the full name and email address of the best person to contact.
  • Let them know that after you complete your application they will receive an email from us with instructions.

There are additional instructions for International applicants below.

Financial Aid

The Experimentory offers a limited amount of financial assistance for domestic students. Financial aid is based on need and is applied for along with the program application. We are not able to provide financial aid to cover the cost of the entire program.

All students applying for financial aid must apply for both the program and financial aid by February 1 to be considered. Financial aid applicants will be notified of their admissions decision and financial aid decision together via email later in the month.

For more information on how to apply for financial aid, please refer to this letter from our Director of Financial Aid.

To apply for Financial Aid, please visit in addition to completing an Experimentory application.

International Students

If you are not a US Citizen or if you are a US citizen but attending school outside of the United States, you will complete our International Application. It is identical to our Domestic Application with one exception: Since our courses are not designed to accommodate beginning learners of English, international students have some extra requirements to demonstrate their English speaking and writing proficiency. To prepare for this, international students should:

  • Have an English teacher serve as your reference.
  • Create a PDF of a graded school essay in English to demonstrate English proficiency. The PDF must be a scanned copy that shows the teacher’s marks.
  • Create a two minute video of you talking about the Experimentory, why you are interesting in attending, and what you hope to learn from the experience.
  • Note that in some cases we may also require an applicant Skype interview.

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