HOW DOES AN INSTITUTION ROOTED IN MORE THAN 200 YEARS OF HISTORY CELEBRATE ITS LEGACY AND NEVER STOP MOVING FORWARD?
AT T H E INTERSECTION OF OLD
ITâ€™S A DIFFERENT KIND OF PREP.
Learning doesnâ€™t always come from getting the best grade or scoring the winning goal. Itâ€™s about what you gain by being tested, being doubted, or even failing at times. Deerfield is a community of thinkers who collaborate, experiment, and explore remarkable ideas that have the power to change the world. In the pages that follow, seize the opportunity to go off the beaten path, challenge conventional thinking, and start something great.
AT DEERFIELD, LEARNING HAPPENS ANYWHERE YOU AND IDEAS INTERSECT.
INTRODUCTION TO JAVA PROGRAMMING
ISLAM AND THE QUR’AN
FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS, AND TRIGONOMETRY
AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA
SPEAK THE SPEECH
JAZZ AGE AND THE LOST GENERATION
AP STUDIO ART
THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
DEFINING LITERARY TRADITIONS
CHORUS – JOY IN SINGING
RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD
SPANISH IV – COMMUNITY SERVICE
THE SCHOLAR’S CRAFT
ADVANCED DANCE ENSEMBLE
DISCRETE MATHEMATICS AND PRECALCULUS
AP SEMINAR: GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS
THE QUEST TO LEARN NEVER GETS OLD
AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
MODERN EUROPE, 1870 – 1945
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
THE PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS
DESIGN FOR LIVING
INDIA AND CHINA: 2.5 BILLION & CHANGE
FUTURE SHOCK: CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
WATER AND HUMANITY
PHYSICS II: EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN/ROBOTS
CLASSICS SEMINAR: ACHILLES’ HEEL
HISTORICAL RESEARCH: MEMORY AND MYTH
DESIGN FOR HUMAN IMPACT
TELLING TRUE STORIES
MODERN TIMES: 20 TH -CENTURY WORLD HISTORY
ACTING/DIRECTING FOR PRODUCTION
AP SEMINAR: GLOBAL H2O
THE EMPIRE WRITES BACK
broad, modern curriculum
that sparks collaboration,
curiosity, and creativity.
During your time here, you’ll
have the opportunity to
explore a wide spectrum
of topics. And if you’re like
many students, you’ll soon
discover talents and interests
you didn’t know you had.
You’ll also find yourself
connecting the dots between
classes. You might see
how a particular piece of
literature you studied in
Jazz Age and the Lost
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF COURSES OFFERED AT DEERFIELD, GO TO DEERFIELD.EDU/COURSES
Deerfield promotes a
Generation impacted the
concepts you learned about
in 20th Century World
History. Or perhaps you’ll
realize how the logic of
computer science helps
you decode Arabic.
MARGARITA CURTIS HEAD OF SCHOOL
“You make Deerfield worthy, not the other way around.” 6
ON AND OFF THE FIELD, DEERFIELD STUDENTS WORK TOGETHER AND CHEER EACH OTHER ON.
TO MAKE THE DOOR OF JOHN WILLIAMS HOUSE IS THE SYMBOL OF THE ACADEMY (AND A FREQUENT BACKGROUND FOR SELFIES!)
THE MARK I S YO U R S
Be Worthy of Your Heritage Our motto carries extraordinary significance for students, faculty, and alumni: “Be Worthy of Your Heritage.” It demonstrates that we honor our past, even as it commands us to carry our core values into the future. When you take your place at Deerfield, you take on the responsibility to shape your own legacy and to establish what an education means to you. Whether it’s your pursuit of deeper intellectual understanding, your remarkable service to the community, or your commitment to addressing the world’s most pressing problems, your actions define your character and your heritage—and in the process, you define Deerfield as well. The mark is yours to make.
A LBA N Y R OA D
Albany Road takes you to class, to the playing fields, to the Dining Hall, and to your dorm. You’ll traverse this thoroughfare a thousand times, crossing paths with friends and faculty. Our community is “devicefree” when walking campus, so you’re sure to encounter friendly faces.
THE MAIN SCHOOL BUILDING
Home to Admission, history classes, class deans, and traditions like Friday “cookies and cocoa,” the Main School Building is where most students start their Deerfield journey.
Where else can you meet up with friends to grab a fro-yo and fries? The Greer Store is where students regularly hang out and relax during free periods, after classes, and on weekends.
With more than 90 acres of athletic fields, the Lower Level is where athletes turn it up on game day. Students, family, friends, and faculty gather to cheer on their favorite teams—“bleeding green” with Deerfield pride.
TH E LOW E R LE V E L
Ideal for quiet contemplation or some fresh air with friends, the Loop is a two mile, unpaved farm road that leads you past fields, barns, and the Deerfield River before connecting back to campus. Even if you set out alone, chances are you’ll bump into someone you know.
TH E H E S S C E NTE R
From the start of classes until curfew, the Hess Center’s art studios, photo labs, practice rooms, and performance spaces are alive with activity. Visiting artists connect with students and faculty—sharing their mastery of the arts and their passion for the work.
The Koch Center is the nexus of science, math, and technology at Deerfield. Designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration, it houses extensive labs, workshops, classroomsâ€” and even a planetarium!
THE KOCH CENTER
This newly redesigned research hub offers spaces for independent and group study. The Boyden Library is home to our Academic Dean, an innovation laboratory, global studies, and College Advising. (And yes, youâ€™ll still find more than 50,000 books!)
B OY D E N LI B R A RY
TH E D I N I N G H A LL
It’s a Deerfield tradition. Students and faculty gather at the Dining Hall for family-style meals. On the menu: grass-fed beef, local produce, vegetarian fare, and lively conversations that continue long after the table has been cleared.
TH E COMMON ROOM
Daily life intersects in the dormitory. Enjoy an evening snack, play ping-pong, make weekend plans, or just hang out. You’ll form tight bonds with students from different backgrounds and cultures—and you’ll get to know the faculty members who live with you, too.
When the mercury rises above 80Ëš, cross the Lower Level and head to the River. You might encounter a group of students collecting samples for a science classâ€”or an entire soccer team taking a refreshing dip after practice. No matter what, the River is a great place to enjoy some downtime.
Finding your way to the top of the Rock is a Deerfield rite of passage. On a clear day, the view extends to New York and Vermont. And part of the experience is how you get there: straight up, on a jeep road, or via a network of trails.
TH E RO C K
We know you agree: A little confusion and a little hard work can sometimes provide unexpected and meaningful rewards. Using the hints below, decode the cipher to reveal a valuable piece of advice from one of Deerfieldâ€™s modern-day founders.
HINT: The Boyden Library is named in honor of a longtime Deerfield chemistry and math teacher and her husband, who was headmaster from 1902 to 1968.
Listen to the answer at deerfield.edu/cipher
Dating to before 100 BC, a cipher is an algorithm used to send encrypted messages.
Decode & Discover
Floating power plants. Teleportation. Genetic experimentation. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, yet these are actual topics students have explored through coursework or independent study. Deerfield encourages you to experiment and pursue your passions.
AN IDEA TAKES SHAPE
The idea came to him in a dream. The next morning, senior Kyle Burns got to work on designs for a shape-shifting wheel. With the help of teacher Ivory Hills and a 3D printer, Kyle produced several prototypes of a wheel that automatically adjusts to different types of terrain. The design of the shape-shifting wheel is part of his larger vision to create a self-propelled vehicle.
“When students want to go beyond the curriculum, we support them.” IVORY HILLS SCIENCE TEACHER, DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY
When students of Physics II: Electrical Vehicle Engineering set out to turn an amphibious vehicle into an electric car, they performed more than a feat of engineering. The project proved to be a lesson about the value of collaboration—and the payoff that comes with taking risks. DEERFIELD.EDU/VIDEOS/ WHEELSINMOTION
TAKE THE UNEXPECTED COURSE
Go beyond the core curriculum and explore a subject that’s off the beaten path. Deerfield offers extraordinary courses in STEM, humanities, and the arts—all designed to open your mind and help you dig deeper into a topic. For instance, try your hand at an examination of Islam and the Qur’an, Experimental Neurology, or Global Food Systems. DEERFIELD.EDU/UNEXPECTEDCOURSE
SHOW YOUR WORK
THE PATH OF MOST PERSISTENCE
It’s so annoying: Machines don’t always seem to do what we ask of them. When tenthgrader Xander Li and senior Luke Bakker joined forces to prototype a robot capable of handling toxic waste, the project was riddled with episodes of failure—including one instance requiring a fire extinguisher! But in the end, this pair of analytical thinkers mastered the communication, collaboration, and perseverance needed to produce a robot designed to solve real-world problems.
RESPECT THE PROJECT
Senior Luke Bakker generated the computer code for the project. “It’s satisfying to see your robot do exactly what you tell it to do, especially after months of work.”
“Every time I fail, I learn something new.” XANDER LI TENTH-GRADER
PROJECT THE RESPECT
Your generation faces incredible challenges: climate change, dwindling fossil fuels, hunger, inequality, and more. As insurmountable as these problems may seem, you have the power to impact the future. This responsibility shouldnâ€™t be taken lightlyâ€”and it begins with asking great questions.
TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN
Should the US government ban bottled water? That’s the question senior Ken Park asked as part of his selfguided study in the course Global H2O. Inspired by a San Francisco ordinance outlawing certain types of bottled water, he wondered, “Can we do something like this on a larger level?” In his research, Ken examined the social, environmental, and political effects a nationwide law might spark. But the project taught him much more: “The biggest skill I learned was discipline.”
“Whether analyzing literature and history—or learning a foreign language— it’s important for students to strive for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the human condition.” SAM SAVAGE LANGUAGE TEACHER
SEARCH FOR THE ANSWERS
Deerfield’s capstone courses provide the opportunity for students to examine questions of local or global significance. A capstone often involves a multipronged approach to interdisciplinary study, connecting subjects across the entire academic foundation. No matter the query or project, the goal is the same: to help you reach a higher level of critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis.
A BIG QUESTION
A trip to a refuge and school in Tanzania inspired senior Nahla Gedeon Achi to ask: “Should primary schools in Africa recruit expatriate teachers?” Some of the answers she discovered are rooted in global issues of foreign aid and the empowerment of local communities in developing countries.
GO AHEAD, TRAVEL BACK
The best lessons in life often happen outside your comfort zone. For junior Jan Menafee, that meant traveling back to 1859. Jan wore the shoes of a white anti-abolitionist in a mock slavery trial in his American Studies class. While the trial was unsettling for Jan, it helped him see matters from an entirely different perspective. â€œBeing in a situation where I had to defend slavery made me realize I need to listen better to others. I also learned to be more reflective about my opinions.â€?
HONOR THE PROJECT
PROJECT THE HONOR
“I had to get inside the mind of someone who I don’t agree with. That was uncomfortable for me.” JAN MENAFEE JUNIOR
As part of his American Studies project, Jan wrote a position paper about slavery—from a pro-slavery viewpoint.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
What moves you? From the most basic painting and drawing classes to advanced tutorials in acting and dancing, you’re invited to express yourself at Deerfield. Every student takes at least two terms of visual and performing arts. Opportunities to hone your skills—or try something new— extend far beyond the classroom.
LITTLE SHOP, BIG PRODUCTION
Deerfield’s production of Little Shop of Horrors wasn’t without challenges. The comedic musical about a demonic plant with a taste for human flesh included technical complexities, a large set depicting urban decay in the 1960s, and a student orchestra providing live accompaniment. The production also called for performers like senior Betsy Alexandre, who could balance acting, singing, and dancing.
“Playing Audrey gave me the chance to expand my artistic range.” BETSY ALEXANDRE SENIOR
ORCHESTRATING A TEAM
Senior Zibo Gao came to Deerfield with a soloist mentality. But participation in chamber orchestra changed the talented classical violinist’s tune. “Chamber music requires teamwork,” says Zibo, “and I’m learning to play on the team.” Together, Zibo and the orchestra tackled several truly extraordinary arrangements.
THE VISUAL ARTS
Our Visual Arts curriculum is designed for both novice and advanced artists. Deerfield offers a wide range of media and forms, including drawing, painting, photography, graphics, design, architecture, and videography. Step inside the Hess Center for the Arts to explore new opportunities and express yourself. The beauty and functionality of its visual spaces will inspire you to create. Students always leave the Hess Center with more energy than when they arrived. DEERFIELD.EDU/VISUALARTS
TAKE THE INITIATIVE
RESPONSIBILITY IN MOTION
As a dance proctor, junior Sami Habel enjoys the opportunity to mentor her fellow dancers. Yet she also feels motivated to become a stronger, more independent artist. During the biannual Student Choreography Showcase, Sami branched out from her usual style of traditional jazz to produce a more contemporary piece. Inspired by a childhood friend who battled addiction, choreography gave Sami the opportunity to make something beautiful out of a difficult situation. “I was pushed to harness what I was feeling and put it into movement. That’s what dance is all about.”
VA L U E T H E PROJECT
Sami is part of Deerfield’s advanced dance ensemble, which celebrates the Academy’s most dedicated dancers.
The Student Choreography Showcase provides both novice and experienced dancers a chance to develop complete dances— entirely on their own.
PROJECT THE VA L U E
“I’ve been pushed to branch out of my comfort zone and really dig deep, especially in choreography.” SAMI HABEL JUNIOR
Five things you didn’t know about athletics at Deerfield
Each term, students are required to participate in a cocurricular activity, which often takes the form of a team sport.
Nearly 70% of our faculty members coach at least one sport.
Indoor facilities include 10 squash courts, three basketball courts, a hockey rink, a wrestling room, and a fitness center. Deerfield also boasts one of the finest swimming and diving facilities of any New England boarding school.
STICK TO IT
Lacrosse teaches tenthgrader Reid Shilling how to bounce back after defeat. “No matter what sets us back, we keep fighting as a team. Even when we’re playing the toughest opponents, we keep battling forward.”
Deerfield is home to 59 teams involved in
interscholastic competition across 20 sports. We
also offer a variety of
FINISH UP STRONG
non-competitive athletic VOLLEYBALL
programs, such as Ultimate Disc, Elements, and Yoga.
Outdoors, you’ll find 90
acres of multipurpose fields, including two turf fields, 21 tennis courts, an eight-lane track, and a Major Leaguequality baseball field. The Deerfield crew, golf, and ski teams practice and compete off campus at nearby state-of-the-art facilities: Deerfield’s boathouse on the Connecticut River, Crumpin’ Fox Golf Course, and Berkshire East Mountain. STROKES OF GENIUS
TRACK & FIELD
Claire Collins never rowed before coming to Deerfield. By her junior year, she led her boat to win gold at Nationals, a feat she repeated in her senior year. “Crew has made me a more confident and content person. I’ve learned a lot about how to prepare mentally and physically to be successful.” 31
BUILD HONOR Twelve Deerfield students visited the Dominican Republic to volunteer with Cambiando Vidas, an organization committed to rebuilding communities throughout the country. Together with local workers, the students helped build a home—and hope—for a family in need.
“When you establish security and safety, it opens up a totally new world of possibilities of providing for your children.” —NICKY CONZELMAN, JUNIOR
Cambiando vidas is Spanish for “changing lives.”
“Everyone deserves a place that they can call home and that they can feel safe in.” Students built and plastered walls, poured concrete, painted—and became professional piggybackers to the local children.
—HOLLIS MCLEOD, TENTH-GRADER
“The kids here spend most of their time playing in the dirt. To have a clean floor and a clean house to come back to is really something special.” —KATHERINE HADLEY, TENTH-GRADER
Deerfield students are committed to giving back to the community. On the local level, they volunteer at food banks and mentor children through Big Brothers Big Sisters, among other activities. Students also travel abroad to make a difference in developing countries, such as the Dominican Republic and Tanzania. Visit deerfield.edu/notesfromabroad to read their travel journals.
είκοσι , meaning “20,” and έδρα , meaning “seat.”
Show Us Every Side When you think about it, the icosahedron is an ideal mathematical metaphor for the Deerfield student. Much like this polyhedron, which is made up of 20 sides, our students are equally multi-faceted and have the innate ability to roll with things. How your Deerfield experience unfolds is in your hands. Follow the directions below to learn traits to help you put your best face forward.
The term “icosahedron” comes from the Greek
Ready to tear things up? Here’s how to construct a mathematical icosahedron:
1 First, rip out this page. Go ahead—it’s OK! Want to keep things neat? Visit deerfield.edu/unfold to download page 35 as a PDF.
2 Using scissors, cut along the solid outer white line of the pattern.
Make a mountain fold along the edges of the equilateral triangles (see image at right). A mountain fold is shaped like a tent and folds down, away from you. Then fold the dashed lines to create glue tabs.
Apply glue to the final face of the icosahedron by inserting the end of an opened paper clip into the model at a vertex. This will help hold the tab against the inside of the shape face until the glue dries.
4 Apply glue evenly—but sparingly—on the top of each tab. Press and hold the tab in place below the adjacent face.
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e STUDENTS TAKE TURNS WAITING ON TABLES AND PERFORMING OTHER KITCHEN DUTIES IN THE DINING HALL. MORE THAN A DOOR: THIS WONDER OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN REPRESENTS OUR HERITAGE AND TRADITION.
Cookies, Cocoa, and Camaraderie Every Friday during winter term, our Head of School, Margarita Curtis, serves cookies and cocoa in the lobby of the Main School Building. It’s a tradition that celebrates the close of another rigorous week of studies amid the New England chill. You experience moments of togetherness like this every day at Deerfield—whether it’s cheering in the stands on the Lower Level, hanging out in “the Greer,” or greeting friends and faculty on Albany Road. Our spirit is fueled by shared moments, curiosity, and, most of all, fun!
A Sit-Down Tradition That Stands Up Seven times a week, students and faculty gather for familystyle sit-down meals. Your table assignment changes every few weeks, so you get to meet a wide variety of students and teachers. And if it’s your birthday, prepare to be serenaded!
Dorms have “feeds” once a week; and, once a term, each hall gathers in its common room for a special meal prepared by the Dining Hall.
Calling All Students and Faculty Every Wednesday, the entire
“Being a proctor at Deerfield is a great way to have a lasting impact on new students.”
student body and faculty meet for announcements and performances. These school meetings are a chance to open your mind, be heard, and contribute—but they are also an opportunity to hear guest speakers and performers address topics of local and global significance.
GRANT NEWBERGER SENIOR
Seniors Guide the Way Senior proctors bond with first- and second-year students in the halls where they live—helping them adjust to dorm life and serving as role models and sounding boards. More than mentors, proctors set a positive tone for their halls and form meaningful connections with their proctees. 37
f LEADERSHIP REQUIRES GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING, ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, AND DEDICATION TO SERVICE.
Great Responsibility It’s not part of any curriculum, and you can’t learn it from a book, but it is woven into the fabric of our school. Day in and day out, Deerfield students recognize the responsibility they have to care for their community— and the world around them. Whether it’s a random act of kindness or the concerted effort of many to help just a few, the experience of giving back drives us to see beyond our own worldview and appreciate our interconnectedness.
PASSPORT TO LEARN
“The test of worth of any school… is the record of service of her alumni.”
Where will global studies take you? Students travel to China, Jordan, France, and Spain to experience immersion. Architecture students mix with Latin scholars for trips to Italy. In Colombia, students learn about the challenges of the animal trade—and the plight of coffee plantation workers. Others research ways to improve education and healthcare in poverty-stricken Tanzania. No matter the destination, global travel gives you authentic practice in engaging with the corners of the world.
Respecting Deerfield, Respecting Earth When you throw something away, where does it go? That’s the question Deerfield students pondered when they established Think 80/20, the environmental campaign that encourages everyone on campus to reuse, recycle, and compost. From the hydration stations around campus DEERFIELD.EDU/VIDEOS/WHYWETRAVEL
FRANK L. BOYDEN
to our annual competition for greater energy efficiency, campus
HEADMASTER, 1902 – 1968
sustainability happens locally—but it’s a model with global ambition.
Stronger Through Service On and off campus, Deerfield students and faculty come together to serve the community— whether it’s to curb hunger, alleviate inequality, or encourage the next generation to learn. You’ll find students volunteering at Second Helpings or at a local elementary school. Every term, each of our athletic teams performs a service project. And then there are times when the whole school moves to action— for a blood drive, the Relay For Life, or an impromptu fundraiser.
Think 80/20 encourages the recycling of everything from pizza boxes to old cell phone parts, with the goal of diverting 80% of campus waste away from the landfill.
/ TED IS A NONPROFIT DEVOTED TO SPREADING IDEAS, USUALLY IN THE FORM OF SHORT, POWERFUL TALKS.
Big Ideas Take Center Stage Why does it take so much time to create, but so little time to destroy? Does our entire universe exist inside of a black hole? These are just two questions students have explored during TEDxDeerfieldAcademy, an annual event that has featured speakers delivering short talks around a unifying theme such as time or risk. Students, faculty members, alumni, and even parents have shared their thoughts on topics such as the biological origins of procrastination, mindfulness, and the immortal influences of the Roman Empire, to name just a few.
LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE IN AMERICA
“We wanted to provide a platform for people to share their passions and their ideas.”
In their TEDx Talk, Matthew Morrow and Tarek Deida examined how the passing of time affects race relations in the United States. Citing timely examples, these two seniors shared their personal perspectives about race as seen from two distinctly different backgrounds.
PAUSE AND EFFECT
English teacher Peter Nilsson delivered his thoughts about time. His TEDx Talk, “Pause and Effect,” explored the intersection between the growing sensory stimulation of our lives and our natural cognitive processing abilities.
HAIDUN LIU SENIOR
It’s in the Details Getting TEDxDeerfieldAcademy from concept to reality was no small task. Over the course of 18 months, three enterprising students organized the entire event. From recruiting volunteers and securing a venue to finding a worthy theme and
promoting the event, no detail was too small. But, that’s not the only way our students collaborate on campus! Every year, they unite and work together to create thoughtprovoking talks, art installations, plays, and performances. DEERFIELD.EDU/VIDEOS/TEDXTALKS
X STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE RISKS AND THINK BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.
Going Solo Learning doesnâ€™t stop when the bell rings. Students at Deerfield go beyond the classroom in singular adventures not covered on any syllabus. By questioning the science behind things, using art to make a social commentary about bullying, or celebrating the indomitable spirit of Holocaust survivors, these self-directed students found ways to satisfy their quest for knowledge.
“I wanted to take a risk and do something different, not only to stand out, but to push my creative limits.”
Sticking it to Bullies The sticky notes sprawled out on Maddie Blake’s desk spoke volumes to her. She recalled how bullies in teen movies stuck mean notes, like “KICK ME,” on
the backs of unsuspecting kids.
Maddie incorporated the sticky notes and words as the focus of a portrait assignment in her photography class. The result: a work of art that communicates a powerful message.
Stems From Curiosity Students banded together on their own to create Door to STEM, a magazine that explores all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Deerfield. For the inaugural issue, articles covered everything from
CELEBRATING THE SURVIVORS
How do you live after surviving the Holocaust? The documentary Picking Up the Pieces, a labor of love by junior Josh Tebeau, explores that question. Born and raised in Warsaw, Josh devoted the summer of 2014 to gathering more than 40 hours of footage from 30 Holocaust survivors. The resulting 27-minute film weaves a collection of stories from survivors into a single, powerful narrative.
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“Net Neutrality” to “Solar Planes” DEERFIELD.EDU/SURVIVORS
to “The Doomsday Argument.” View the publication at DEERFIELD.EDU/DOORTOSTEM
Issue I 2015
As child Holocaust survivors continue to age, Josh Tebeau seized the opportunity to record accounts of their experiences. “The idea is to capture these firsthand stories before it’s too late.”
e MORE THAN A DOOR: THIS WONDER OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN REPRESENTS OUR HERITAGE AND TRADITION.
Join Up Whether it’s putting pen to paper for the literary journal Albany Road or building an underwater robot, Deerfield offers a wide array of student groups and clubs. In fact, we have more than 40 special-interest groups that invite students to come together, explore ideas, and learn from each other. Don’t see a student group or club that sparks your imagination? Create your own!
CHEERLEADERS NEXTGENVEST CLUB ROBOTICS CLUB BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE MELLOW-D’S DIVERSITY ALLIANCE FOOD COMMITTEE ALBANY ROAD MAGAZINE CLASSICS CLUB MULTIRACIAL ALLIANCE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP STUDENT COUNCIL
Very Noteworthy Students from the Deerfield Scroll and Deerfield Radio Club joined together to form noteWorthy,
DEERFIELD SCROLL FIRE DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEERS JEWISH STUDENT ALLIANCE
an online portal offering an in-depth look at Deerfield across several media. The site invites students, alumni, and parents to witness a previously inaccessible
side of life on campus.
LATIN AMERICAN STUDENT ALLIANCE MATH CLUB INVESTMENT CLUB STUDENT ACTIVITIES
DANOTEWORTHY.COM IS A STUDENT-AUTHORED SITE THAT OFFERS PLAYLISTS, VIDEOS, PHOTOS, AND POSTS.
UKULELE AND BONGO ORCHESTRA
ASIAN STUDENT ALLIANCE FRENCH CLUB ARCHERY CLUB RHAPSO-D’S
Drum or Strum Along If it’s Tuesday, then it’s time to bring out the bongos! The student-run Deerfield Ukulele
FLY FISHING CLUB GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE UNITING IN OUR DIFFERENCES
Being one of a kind is a good thing— especially at Deerfield! We’re home to alliances that celebrate students of different races, backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. These groups aren’t just for support and fellowship; they drive major events and ideas on campus, ensuring that our community is inclusive, enlightened, and informed.
and Bongo Orchestra meets weekly to give students—even those who have never played an instrument—the opportunity to jam. “Our club is for anyone
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who wants to express his or her hidden musical talent,” says senior Harry Reichert.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ALLIANCE UNDERWATER VEHICLE CLUB MEAT CLUB STUDENT ROCK BAND NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL ALLIANCE PROCTORS ROW CAPTAINS STEP TEAM
These are some of our favorite spots around campus. From the hitching post outside the gym to that perfect reading spot under the buttonball tree, we hope you will take a look around and get a sense of what makes Deerfield a special place.
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From the moment you hang up the first poster in your dorm room to the day you walk down Albany Road with diploma in hand, your Deerfield journey is yours to navigate. Your experience at Deerfield is about discovering your strengths, building community, and broadening your worldview. Your first year at Deerfield Academy is about finding out who you are and what sparks your interest. Itâ€™s a time to explore, experiment, and open your mind to new cultures, ideas, and ways of thinking.
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Year two finds you making connections outside of your class and your dorm. Hone your talents in clubs that hold special interest for you. Broaden your circle by exploring the larger idea of community, and examine your personal responsibility to give back. Opportunities for global travel help expand your horizons.
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In your third year, a combination of AP courses, capstones, and standardized tests will set the academic pace—but it’s also a time to make your voice heard. Whether it’s acing a huge lab or research project, making varsity, or running for Student Council, this is the year you emerge as a critical thinker—and a campus leader.
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Put your classroom lessons and leadership skills to the test in your final year. Independently explore topics that tackle real-life challenges—projects with the potential of making the world a better place. Reflect on your experiences at Deerfield, as well as the values and relationships you’ve formed, and ensure that you leave a legacy worthy of Deerfield’s heritage—and your own.
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MIT MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE COLLEGES MOST FREQUENTLY
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY BOSTON COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
Over 125 faculty members include Rhodes Scholars, Klingenstein Fellows, and Fulbright Fellowship holders. More than 70% of our faculty hold advanced degrees.
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you better. During your visit, you’ll
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meet students and faculty, and
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essays and teacher recommendations,
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* Statistics as of summer 2016 THE KOCH CENTER IS 80,000 SQUARE FEET OF SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, AND TECHNOLOGY.
achievements, goals, and potential.
F I N D Y O U R WAY Deerfield Academy is located on 330 acres in the heart of historic New England. Our campus is a tightly knit community of modern classrooms, labs, a library, athletic facilities, and dormsâ€”the perfect physical space for sharing ideas and cultivating friendships.
DEERFIELD IS LOCATED IN
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FAIR FAMILY FIELD
KENDALL CLASSROOM BUILDING
Bradley International Airport (BDL) Windsor Locks, CT 55 miles (1 hour)
Greenfield, MA 5 miles (5 mins)
MAIN SCHOOL BUILDING
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) Boston, MA 100 miles (2 hours) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) NYC, NY 175 miles (3.5 hours)
Northampton, MA 16 miles (25 mins) Hartford, CT 65 miles (1 hour) Boston, MA 100 miles (2 hours) NYC, NY 175 miles (3.5 hours)
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THE KOCH CENTER IS 80,000 SQUARE FEET OF SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, AND TECHNOLOGY.
Cannonball into the Deerfield River and make a splash
THE LOWER LEVEL
14 6 MAIN STREET
CAMPUS BUILDING DORM
On a clear day you can see New York and Vermont
<<< TO NORTHAMPTON (25 mins)
ROUTES 5 & 10
TO GREENFIELD (5 mins) >>>
THE ACADEMIC YEAR AT DEERFIELD IS DIVIDED INTO THREE TERMS: FALL, WINTER, AND SPRING.
SCHOOL MEETINGS, SIT-DOWN MEALS, AND OTHER WEEKLY GATHERINGS DRAW OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER.
EVERY STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN A COCURRICULAR ACTIVITY, SUCH AS AN INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORT LIKE WATER POLO.
DEERFIELD INSPIRES ABIDING FRIENDSHIPS, SCHOOL SPIRIT, RIGOROUS STUDY, AND MOMENTS OF PLAY.
B E PA R T OF A D IF F E R ENT K IN D O F P REP
Visit deerfield.edu to watch videos, browse student work, start your applicationâ€”or to schedule a campus tour. deerfield.edu/apply
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