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experimentory_emc2_800x800One of the beauties of boarding school is the way all parts of life intersect.

The Experimentory has a motto: “The Experimentory is Maximizing your Creativity and Character,” or “E = MC2” for short. This is the vision of what we hope our summer community will be: a safe place to take creative risks and strive to be our best selves. If we’re doing this right, this vision will be expressed in all we do. (For more on our motto, click here.)

For this reason, we aim to strike a good work-life balance and consider non-academic time just as important as our cluster work. We schedule open-ended free time in the afternoons and evenings; we plan casual gatherings like our annual dance and weekend picnics; and we have structured co-curriculars, field trips, and sit-down meals.

Our playing and learning isn’t confined to classroom lessons and projects. Experimentory students have time each img_6292-croppedafternoon dedicated to fun activities. Past programs included dance, fishing, computer coding, ultimate Frisbee, and much more. It’s a great chance to do something that you love–or that you’d love to try.

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!

Sit-Down Meals
Sit-down meals are a long-standing tradition at Deerfield Academy–one that we uphold at the Experimentory. img_5678-croppedStudents enjoy lunch each day with their teachers, proctors, and other staff–an opportunity to bring all of our community members together in a comfortable setting. Meals are served in the Dining Hall, which prepares fresh and healthy foods geared to appeal to students from every part of the world. We are also prepared to accommodate any dietary restrictions as needed.

A “Typical” Experimentory Schedule
There are very few “typical days” at the Experimentory, but here’s a basic schedule to give you a sense of what a day might be like:

Start Time Event
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Cluster 1
10:35 am Free Time
11:30 am Lunch
12:10 pm Cluster 2
2:00 pm Free Time
3:45 pm Co-curricular
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Studio
8:30 pm Hall Meeting/Check-in
10:00 pm Lights Out