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THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE


“We hope very much that generations and generations… can come to Deerfield and play on the meadows, and roam over the hills, and go out into the world and play their part.” FRANK L. BOYDEN


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In a world where the facts are available to anyone with a computer, what really matters is perspective. Character shapes perspective, and the Deerfield experience shapes character.


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Leadership in the new era will belong to people who are flexible and creative in their thinking—principled leaders who can bring disparate people and ideas together.


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Technology is the driving force. In just the last decade, we’ve seen more technological progress than in the century before—and the pace is quickening. Deerfield must find the right methods, the right lessons, and the right tempo for mastering the opportunities of this new landscape.

Deerfield students are connected. Through the power of the Internet, social media, and portable devices, our students can access any fact or opinion instantly. In this context, how do we best use our time and technology in the classroom? When is technology an asset for learning—and when is it a distraction? Our curriculum, our teachers, and our culture of learning must respond and adapt. Deerfield students are more advanced. To attract the best and brightest, our programs reach greater heights, even as they remain grounded in our well-rounded approach. Inspiring advanced students—and still providing personal support to those in need—demands more of our faculty: more time, more preparation, and more exposure to the newest ideas. Deerfield students face a global marketplace. In the past, innovation was the product of singular minds, working in isolation. Today, discoveries come from distant teams working together. Our students must lead in this global culture of collaborative innovation. To do so, they must have first-hand knowledge of different cultures—and a broader understanding of the world.

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C A M PA I G N I N I T I AT I V E S :

The Student Experience At Deerfield, learning has always extended beyond the classroom. Today, it spans the globe, transcends traditional academic boundaries, and pushes technological limits. To further enhance Deerfield’s academic programs and position our students to lead in the 21st century, Imagine Deerfield will bolster existing programs and enable new initiatives.

Personalized Academic Support We’ll invest in a new Academic Center, housed in the Boyden Library, that uses modern technology and data-driven analysis to identify and support more personalized programs for our students. n

New Academic Resources teach

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organization, time management, information literacy, and study skills. n

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progress throughout their time at Deerfield, ensuring focus on the most important challenges and opportunities.

A Writing Specialist, focused on non-fiction writing, supports our students while providing guidance in clear, creative, and critical thinking.

Diagnostic Tools evaluate student

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A Test Preparation Program supports all Deerfield students’ performance on standardized tests—and reduces pressure on classroom time.

Academic Center Specialists provide students with early, individualized guidance on their greatest academic challenges and opportunities.

Classroom & Critical Thinking With time and technology come new knowledge and deeper understanding. Deerfield will review its programs and invest in the physical and intellectual resources required to ensure that they remain world-class.

A Targeted Curriculum Review examines

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multi-section courses, core skills, and information literacy to bring coherence, consistency, and alignment to the academic program. n

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incoming students on the path for success from the moment they arrive at Deerfield. n

Summer Programs sharpen student skills, encourage year-round learning, and encourage deeper studies in particular subjects.

Capstone and Research Courses encourage our students to connect ideas across their entire academic experience.

New Student Orientation Programs put

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Additional Classrooms in the Arms Building, outfitted with modern teaching amenities, maintain small classes and enable innovative teaching methods.


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Character, Community & Leadership Deerfield inspires each student to contribute his or her best self to the world. Building on our tradition of character education, we will enhance our program through a range of measures, including new programs that foster shared experiences and a clearer approach to leadership development. n

Residential Curricula provide a coherent

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four-year program within Deerfield’s dormitories—ensuring we make the most of “after class” time. n

Community and Campus Work Programs reinforce students’ understanding of the value of service.

A Coaching Curriculum sharpens the skills of our coaches and players—and encourages important leadership lessons on the field.

Financial Access To promote Deerfield’s excellence, and to prepare students for leadership in a collaborative, global community, the Academy will significantly increase its financial aid budget, ensuring that we bring worthy students from every corner of the socioeconomic landscape. n

Expanded Financial Aid ensures that Deerfield’s programs benefit from worthy students, regardless of their background, financial need, or hometown.

Community Spirit, Community Space New technology enables easy relationships, but at Deerfield, we continue to focus on meaningful ones. Our campus remains a vibrant community—supportive, inclusive, and involved. To ensure that the unique character of our community endures, we must continually invest in spaces that bring Deerfield together as a family. n

A new Dormitory with Faculty Housing ensures that faculty are close to students’ lives and needs and ensures that comfortable common rooms remain an attractive spot for students to gather.

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Upgraded Arts Facilities provide venues for events that bring the campus together: performances, school meetings, and weekend events.

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Community Spaces like the fitness center and Greer Store provide casual spaces for students to gather and share, even as they serve essential functions for health and wellness.

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Campaign Summary Imagine Deerfield is the Academy’s most ambitious fundraising campaign to date, designed to ensure that our students continue to have the best resources and opportunities available—and to provide new programs and initiatives that will secure our place as a leading secondary school. With a campaign goal of $200,000,000, we will make an unprecedented investment in students and faculty, ensuring that Deerfield’s lessons continue to embrace our traditions of character while setting the standard for academic excellence in the 21st century.

Endowment for Students Academic Center Financial Aid Travel Service Programs

$5,000,000 $30,000,000 $5,000,000

Unrestricted Program

$14,000,000

Total

$54,000,000

Endowment for Faculty New Faculty

$25,000,000

Faculty and Staff Compensation

$10,000,000

Faculty Housing

$5,000,000

Professional Development

$5,000,000

Total

$45,000,000

Campus and Facilities Dormitories

$10,000,000

Arts Center

$28,000,000

Dining Hall

(funded) $3,000,000

Community Center (Fitness Center/Greer Store) (funded) $10,000,000 Core Academic Buildings (Academy Building, Arms, Classroom) Total

$10,000,000 $61,000,000

Annual Fund Current Use Gifts, Unrestricted

TOTAL

$40,000,000

$200,000,000


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For more information visit deerfield.edu/imagine or contact the Office of Alumni and Development at imagine@deerfield.edu or 413-774-1474, P.O. Box 306, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 01342. David Pond Associate Head of School for Alumni and Development dpond@deerfield.edu 413-774-1585

John Knight Director of Annual Giving jknight@deerfield.edu 413-774-1411

Timm Zolkos Campaign Director & Director of Capital Giving tzolkos@deerfield.edu 413-774-1871

Linda Minoff Director of Planned Giving lminoff@deerfield.edu 413-774-1872

Mission Statement Deerfield Academy is an independent secondary school committed to high standards of scholarship, citizenship, and personal responsibility. Through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, extensive co-curricular program, and supportive residential environment, Deerfield encourages each student to develop an inquisitive and creative mind, sound body, and strong moral character. Set in a historic village bounded by river, hills, and farms, Deerfield inspires reflection, study and play, abiding friendships, and a defining school spirit. A vibrant, ethical community that embraces diversity, the Academy prepares students for leadership in a rapidly changing world that requires global understanding, environmental stewardship, and dedication to service.

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