Deerfield Academy

school in Deerfield, Massachusetts

Deerfield Academy is a highly selective, independent, co-educational boarding and day school in Deerfield, Massachusetts, United States for students in grades 9–12 and post-graduate (PG). Founded in 1797, it is one of the oldest secondary schools in the United States. It is a four-year college-preparatory school with approximately 650 students and about 125 faculty, all of whom live on or near campus during the school year. Deerfield had a 16.8% acceptance rate for the 2019–20 school year. Its endowment is $590 million.The Academy grants $10.8 million per year to 36% of its students, meaning the average financial aid grant is $50,096 per year. The student body hails from 38 U.S. states and 38 foreign countries. As of 2017, 32% of the student body were nonwhite American domestic students, and an additional 12% were foreign nationals or US expats.Deerfield Academy is a member of the Eight Schools Association (ESA), begun informally in 1973–74 and formalized in 2006, and of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization (TSAO), founded in 1956. The two associations aim to promote cooperation among top New England boarding schools and meet regularly to discuss ways to improve. Additionally, Deerfield is a member of the Six Schools League (SSL), which is an athletic league composed of New England prep schools aimed at promoting healthy competition.
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