Deerfield students represent 37 states and 49 countries. Each of our 655 students has the opportunity to contribute to our community in meaningful ways. Approximately 40% of our student body identifies as US students of color, 14.9% identifies as foreign nationals or US citizens living abroad, and we have 76 day students.
Character, integrity, and responsible citizenship guide student life in the Deerfield community. We live the goal of celebrating each student’s unique perspective to foster an inclusive educational community. Deerfield’s program emphasizes students’ roles as conscientious leaders in the community and the world.
We offer small, discussion-based courses in a wide range of academic disciplines. Our faculty has designed a variety of interdepartmental courses, team-taught by two or more faculty members, to enable students to create new and innovative interdisciplinary skill sets. Individual research, off-campus study opportunities, advanced Alternate Study electives, and 19 AP courses provide students with exceptional academic opportunity.
Students at Deerfield are encouraged to participate in both arts and athletics. Deerfield’s visual and performing arts department offers a wide variety of academic courses in our innovative Center for the Arts. Students gain physical skills as well as foster sportsmanship and camaraderie through our co-curricular interscholastic and intramural teams. Our on-campus athletic facilities include over 90 acres of athletic fields, and our nearby off-campus facilities include a state-of-the-art boathouse, a first-rate golf course, and a downhill skiing site.
Deerfield is dedicated to creating a warm and supportive environment for our students. Dorm life fosters a sense of community on campus. Dorm proctors, peer counselors, and peer tutors offer classmates valuable support. Clubs and organizations play a major role in life at the Academy. Student hangouts such as the Greer Center, the Koch Café, and the dorm provide opportunities for students to strengthen friendships and foster community spirit.
In keeping with Deerfield’s core values of shared experiences and face to face interactions, the Academy gathers for sit-down meals each week to foster community and friendship. The values of citizenship and connectedness are reflected by the Center for Service and Global Citizenship, which hosts visiting speakers, scholars, and educators while serving as a resource for students seeking grants, global opportunities, service projects, and mentoring.
Deerfield has no mascot, but it does have symbols, and the three most important are the Door, the Seal, and the Deerfield colors: Green & White.