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Deerfield Academy

Student rating 4.8/5 by Princeton University student
7 Boyden Lane Deerfield MA 01342 United States


Deerfield Academy review by Princeton University student. Especially strong in the english department and the art professor, Mr. Dickinson, is awesome. Also really good at history (take Mr. Heise's class). Kids tend to be pretty preppy and boys fall into the "lax bro" persona a bit. Not especially competitive, kids are nice. Science and Math is more lecture based (about 15-18 kids), humanities are smaller classes (10ish) and conversation based. Teachers go out of their way to help you and are always available outside of class. Work load really depends on your classes and how many you take. But if you use your frees well you won't have more than a couple of hours a night.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Dorms are awesome! some newer than others but the faculty residents are all great. food is great, but sit down meal are required for lunch (except weekends and wed) and dinners (tuesday thursday sunday). There are definitely the "popular" east coast kids, usually the lax and hockey bros and the greenwich girls, but everyone finds their nitch. Ethnic groups tend to cling to eachother. The health center is awesome and the staff is super nice. LOTS of traditions and songs. People really "bleed green" with bonfires, school meeting, cheers, etc. The school has gotten more strict ever since Margarita Curtis became headmaster, but it's still lots of fun. You can't get away with much though. And deerfield is pretty much in the middle of nowhere fyi

Classes go till about 3:15 and then co curriculars (required each term) go for about two hours. I think the school does a good job of balancing academics and activities. You can play a sport, dance, be in the play, or get a music or art exemption. You just have to be involved in something. Also there are a ton of great clubs to get involved in. and you can always start your own. Sports are huge, i would say art and music is second to that. Lacrosse, hockey and soccer are big. Squash to. Choate is the main rival. Community service is another option for co currics. There are a TON of options. you can be as involved as you want.