Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA

“ Be worthy of your heritage ”

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  • Founded : 1797
  • Motto : Be worthy of your heritage
  • Grades : 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment Gender : Co-ed
  • Tuition : Boarding $60,480
  • Mascot : The Door
  • School Color : Hunter Green & White
  • Rival School : Choate Rosemary Hall

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  • Academic Calendar : Trimester
  • Average Class Size : Typical class size 12-14 students, largest class size 20 students
  • Faculty/Student Ratio : 1:5
  • Dress Code : Yes (Formal)
  • Average SAT Score : 1,977
  • AP Courses : 30
  • ESL Offered : No

Notable Alumni

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  • King Abdullah
    King of Jordan
  • John McPhee
  • Buddy Teevens
    Collegiate football coach
  • Matthew Fox


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deerfield HISTORY

  • Led by a Board of Trustees and supported by Governor Samuel Adams, Deerfield Academy was founded in 1797 with the mission to lead “the instruction of youth, and the promotion of piety, religion, and morality” for young boys in the historic village of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Influential headmasters such as Frank L. Boyden and David M. Pynchon oversaw the growth of Deerfield Academy’s robust curriculum and endowment. The school transitioned into a coeducational school in 1986.

Student Life

Student Publications / Magazine

  • Newspaper: The Deerfield Scroll
  • Magazines: Deerfield Magazine

Signature Programs

  • The Writing Program at DA: The Writing Program at Deerfield academy is a distinguishing feature of the Deerfield curriculum. Students work to improve their writing during all four years of their Deerfield experience. They begin with English 1, a freshman year class that focuses on the fundamentals of persuasive writing. The writing program ultimately leads to a presentation of a long reflective piece called the “senior meditation.”
  • Independent Research: Students have the opportunity to pursue independent research in advanced science classes, as a summer project, or as a part of an independent study. Examples of student independent research topics include 3-D modeling of genes and gene analysis.


Interscholastic Sports
Alpine Ski, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Rowing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling


Total number: 41
Albany Road Magazine, Arabic Club, Archery Club, Asian Students Association, Black Student Alliance, Cheerleaders, Christian Fellowship Club, Classics Club, Deerfield Scroll, Diversity Club, Environmental Action Group, Fire Department Volunteers, Fly Fishing Club, Food Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Green Key Club, International Student Club, Investment Club, Jewish Student Alliance, Latin American Student Alliance, Math Club, Meat Club, Mellow-D's, Multiracial Alliance, Native American Cultural Alliance, NextGenVest Club, Peer Counselors, Peer Tutors, Proctors, Rhapso-D's, Robotics Club, Round Square, Step Team, Student Activities, Student Council, Student Jazz Band, Student Rock Band, Ukelele and Bongo Orchestra, Underwater Vehicle Club, Yearbook


  • Academic Facilities:
    Arms Building, Boyden Library, Innovation Lab, Hess Center for the Arts, Hess Auditorium, Von Auersperg Gallery, Hilson Gallery, Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall, Reid Black Box Theatre, Kendall Classroom Building, Koch Center, Garonzik Auditorium, Louis Cafe, Caswell Library
  • Athletic Facilities:
    Fair Family Field, Headmaster's Field, Jamie Kapteyn Field, Jim Smith Field, Lower Level & South Division Field, Rowland Family Field, Tennis Courts, Track, David H. Koch Natatorium, Dewey Squash Courts, East & West Gyms, Fitness Center, Ice Rink, Kravis Room
  • Other facilities:
    Hitchcook House, Dewey Health Center, Physical Plant, Shipping and Receiving Office

Special Days

  • Deerfield Day
    Deerfield Day is held on the last weekend of the fall sports season and is composed of athletic competitions with rival school Deerfield and a pep rally.
  • The Last Hurrah
    The Last Hurrah is the annual formal dance at Choate. The highlight of the event is a dance competition.
  • Physic Phlotilla
    The annual Physic Phlotilla is a boating competition in which students make boats out of two double-mattress cartons and two rolls of masking tape.
  • Kwanzaa
    Kwanzaa is celebrated at Choate with a week-long aknowledgement to African heritage in America and ends with a feast and a gift-giving celebration.


School Type
88% Boarding (562 Students) and 12% Day Students (74 Students)
18% International Students
9th Grade: 100
10th Grade: 150
11th Grade: 170
12th Grade: 195

Deadline: Jan. 15
Notification Date: Mar. 10
Reply Date: Apr. 10

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