Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Deerfield Academy, a coeducational college-preparatory boarding school founded in 1797, is known for its high academic standards and cohesive school spirit. Deerfield nurtures its 652 students’ intellectual curiosity and encourages responsible citizenship through a rigorous curriculum. The outstanding faculty prepares students for competitive colleges and universities, challenging students in an academic program that includes Honors and Advanced Placement courses in nineteen subject areas, an extensive spring term elective program, and domestic and foreign off-campus study. Deerfield also provides over 120 varied athletic and extracurricular offerings. The 280-acre campus provides extraordinary facilities including an arts center and the Boyden Library, housing a broad-based collection of more than 85,000 items. The 80,000 square-foot Koch Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology houses 30 state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory spaces, dedicated spaces for independent research, and a planetarium. Students, 33% supported by over $7.8 million in financial aid, are selected on the basis of academic promise, leadership potential, diversity of background, and the willingness to contribute to the school community.

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 65, Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA 01342
413-774-1400

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Director of Admission: Pam Safford
Admissions Phone:413-774-1400Fax:413-772-1129
Email: admission@deerfield.edu Website: www.deerfield.edu


  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $60
  • International Application Fee: $125
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No

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  • Founded: 1797
  • Campus Size: 280 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Boarding
Grades 9th-post-grad
Day
Grades 9th-post-grad
Total
Girls     276 37 313
Boys     298 41 339
Total     574 78 652

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $52,300
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $37,850
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 33.00%
  • Average Awarded: $39,844
 
 

Summary: Students at Deerfield work hard in the classroom. They pursue a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, one that challenges and, at the same time, develops creativity and intellectual maturity. Teachers are there to provide both structure and a caring atmosphere for learning. Classes at the Academy are small—twelve students is the average size—and are defined by the participation of every student. The goal of the Academy is not just academic excellence in the topic at hand, but the development of the intellectual capacity and desire to educate oneself in all topics. Indeed, Deerfield is defined by an emphasis on well-roundedness in learning, in preparation for a life well lived. There is exhilaration in the learning process—an excitement with which students here are familiar. Deerfield offers a wide array of courses so that each student has the opportunity to enroll in a challenging and interesting curriculum. The Academy also believes in the public sharing of work—in class, in publications, at school meetings—and this is a revered school tradition. If you are a student who appreciates the value of hard work, who looks forward to challenge and who is interested in learning, please join us. See our website deerfield.edu for more information.

Department Director: Peter Warsaw

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 123

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 72.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 26

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • ESL
English:
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
History:
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Arabic
Religion/Philosophy:
  • The Bible
  • Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
Sciences:
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Physics
  • Physiology
Math:
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
Music:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Recording
  • Solfege/Ear Training
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Public Speaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
  • Study Abroad:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Honors Literature: Oxford
    Classical Studies Program


AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics C
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • Drawing
 
 

Summary: Please visit our website: www.deerfield.edu

Department Director: Amie Creagh

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 18

Average Students Per Dorm: 30

No. of Girls Dorms: 9

No. of Boys Dorms: 9

Dorm Amenities:
 
Laundry Facilities 
Lounge 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: Please consult our website: www.deerfield.edu

Facilities

  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor pool

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Fencing
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Sailing Club
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans
 
 

Summary: Please visit our website: www.deerfield.edu

Arts Department Director: Jennifer Whitcomb

Athletics Department Director: Charles Davis

Arts
  • A Cappella Group
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Diving
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling
  • Cycling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Figure Skating
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Cycling
 
 

Summary: Please visit our website: www.deerfield.edu

Department Director: Mark Spencer

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Harvard University 39 graduates
Brown University 30 graduates
University of Pennsylvania 29 graduates
Georgetown University 44 graduates
Yale University 37 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 620 700
Mathematics 630 710
Writing 620 700



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