Deerfield Academy

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Deerfield Academy is an independent, coeducational boarding school in Deerfield, Massachusetts, United States. It is a four-year college-preparatory school with approximately 600 students and about 100 faculty, all of whom live on or near campus.

Deerfield 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, founded in 1966. There is a seven-school overlap of membership between the two groups.Taylor Smith, "History of the Association," The Phillipian, February 14, 2008 Deerfield is additionally a member of the G20 Schools group.

In 2007 Deerfield's endowment was valued at US$415 million, or roughly $680,000 per student. Fees were around $33,000 for day students and $45,000 for boarders in 2010-2011.

History

Deerfield was never affiliated with a religion, but attendance at Congregationalist Church services was required of boarding students until the 1970s, and school meetings included the singing of Christian hymns.

Deerfield Academy was founded in 1797 when Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams granted a charter to found a school in the town of Deerfield. It began to educate students in 1799. The academy quickly established itself as one of the finest schools in the new republic, drawing boys from prominent families across New England. The school produced...
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