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Deerfield Academy

School rating 4.5 / 5 by

7 Boyden Lane Deerfield MA 01342 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

Deerfield Academy review by .

The Academics is definately one of Deerfield Academy's strong suits. The teachers really do care about your performance, and is willing to not just lecture but also guide students throughout. Deerfield academics is not as exam-focused as most other schools. The rigor of studies there really prepared me for college.

College Counseling

I have nothing to complain about college counseling at Deerfield Academy. We began discussing college....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • 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

The admission process includes 1) standardized testing-SSAT, and scores usually range upwards of 75% or....

Sample insights on admissions

  • 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. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • 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 transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

As far as food goes, there are no complaints. Deerfield still utilizes a dress code, which must be worn during special "Sit-down" meals - where you sit at a predesignated table with faculty family style. Walk-though meals are somewhat more lacking, but overall the dining quality is far above par. The neighborhood is rural, as the school is situated in a small town. Activities can sometimes be lacking, but the surroundings is beautiful and very safe. Although you can feel that the student body oozes wealth, more than 30% of the students receive some form of financial aid....

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