The Experimentory Experience

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Typical Daily Schedule

8:00am Breakfast/Day Student Check-In
8:45am Class 1
10:35am DFG/All X Meeting
11:30am Sit-Down Lunch
12:20pm Class 2
2:10pm Co-Curricular
3:40pm Studio
5:30pm Dinner/Day Student Departure – Option to stay
6:30pm Student led activities
8:30pm Dorm Check-In
10:00pm Lights Out

One of the beauties of boarding school is the way all parts of life intersect.

We want our summer community to be a safe place to take creative risks and strive to be our best selves. This means striking a good work-life balance and considering non-academic time just as important as our course work. We schedule open-ended free time in the afternoons and evenings; we plan casual gatherings like weekend picnics; and we have structured co-curriculars, field trips, and sit-down meals.

Students attending the Experimentory may also choose from 3 different sessions: there are two 2 week sessions and one session that lasts the entire 4 weeks. We highly recommend the 4 week experience: more time together means deeper study, closer friendships, and many more memories. However, no matter how long you’re with us, you can expect a full experience.

Life at the Experimentory


Experimentory courses are designed to expose students to new ideas and challenge their thinking. Students take two courses a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Visit our Courses page for more details.


Free time is an opportunity to recharge in whatever way suits you: reading in the Dorm, a pickup soccer game in the Fields, ice cream over a game of cards in the Greer Cafe – or a little bit of all three.

All X Meeting

Students, teachers, and staff – everyone in the program – gathers once a week for an All X Meeting. It’s a time to discuss program themes, show off our talents, and have fun.

Meals in the Dining Hall

Remember to pack your appetite! Our Dining Hall provides some delicious fare three times daily. Plus our lunches carry on the Deerfield Academy sit down meal tradition.

Co-curricular Activities

The daily co-curricular period is a chance to enjoy a favorite past time or try a new one on for size. These change year-to-year — and even week-to-week — but past co-curriculars have included squash, dance, hiking, computer coding, ultimate Frisbee, baking, and much more.


Evening studio time is where things really come together: use a friend’s feedback to finish your jingle; rework your building design to get that extra dining space; or record strange noises to use as theater sound effects.

Dorm Time

Dorms aren’t just the place you sleep: your evenings there include snacks, impromptu dance parties, birthday celebrations, and time to reflect on all you learned and experienced during the day.

Field Trips

Deerfield is a great place to live and learn, but who doesn’t love to explore off campus? We take advantage of our historic New England locale with trips to visit Six Flags, tour Boston, climb a ropes course, whitewater raft down the Deerfield River, and more!