Boarding Schools Deerfield Academy
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Deerfield Academy, founded in 1797, is an independent, co-educational boarding school located in Western Massachusetts. Explore our rigorous academic programs, athletic prowess, and the beauty, drama, and rhythm of campus life. Deerfield has a wide array of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that complement time spent in the classroom. In addition to athletics, Deerfield’s co-curriculars include community service, music, theater, and dance programs.
Groups and clubs of nearly every type dominate extra-curricular activities. And the village and valley in which we live provides countless opportunities to engage off-campus, whether students are simply running errands, connecting with day students, or enjoying other weekend activities.
Writing Program. During freshman year, students are required to read a three to five minute piece of literature to their fellow students in English classes. Sophomores are required to memorize a piece of literature, and juniors must write, memorize, and present their declamations. Building on this tradition of public speaking, seniors are also required to write meditations. These are longer, self-reflective pieces of writing and seniors present them towards the end of their Deerfield experience.
Riding Center. Every Deerfield student is required to be involved in a co-curricular activity each term. Normally, freshmen and sophomores are required to participate in interscholastic sports for two seasons each year. Students identified as having strong interest and talent in the performing arts (dance, music, theater) may petition the co-curricular Committee for an exemption to this requirement. Advisors will review their advisees’ schedules to ensure that every student has a co-curricular commitment each term.
Top colleges attended by students
Harvard University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Middlebury College, Yale University, Williams College, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University
What the school looks for in students…
“The qualities Deerfield looks for in our students are academic, co-curricular and character excellence.”