When the Experimentory is in session, Deerfield Academy campus is a home-away-from-home for our students. This is a very nice place, but filling in for someone's home... those are some hard shoes to fill! This post will be a little tour of the important spaces and places where you will work, play, and rest this summer.
The Dining Hall - Experimentory students go to the Dining Hall for a taste of Deerfield Academy. Of course they literally enjoy some good eating, but they also get to sample our age-old tradition of sit down meals. Bring your appetite and dig in!
The Academy Greenhouse - Deerfield Academy has its own organic greenhouse where it raises some veggies for the Dining Hall salad bar and some flowers for the grounds. If you love gardening -- or would like to try it for the first time -- Ms. Salinetti will have the Greenhouse open to us during our morning free time. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
The Concert Hall - Everyone is together when we're in the dorms Dining Hall. But when the Experimentory gathers for more structured activities, we head to the Wachsman Concert Hall. As part of the Hess Arts Center, it is the perfect place to hear student presentations, perform in the annual talent show, and gather for our performance-filled All X meetings. If you can play a clarinet, dance a jazz tap, or pull a rabbit from your hat, consider bringing whatever you might need for these performances. You, too, will be featured on this stage!
The Acting Lab - Located in the Hess Center, this versatile space has a small stage, is large enough for warm-up exercises and games, and can hold a small audience for a performance! Electronics + Theater meets here some times, as do our Communications Classes.
The Music Rooms - In addition to the classroom where Music + Film teacher Mr. Peisch holds court, we have multiple practice rooms at our disposal. They are great for composing at a piano or practicing in a band with some friends.
The Library - This is Experimentory Central. All classes meet here at least part of the time and this is where you'll find Experimentory HQ. The Innovation Lab has all the tools and materials you might need to build a prototype or program a circuit. The Ideation Room has sophisticated displays for editing videos or music with a group. You have easy access to any books you might need as you research architectural design. Boyden Library is a veritable playground for curious minds.
The Experimentory Dorm - The Experimentory will be in the Johnson-Doubleday dorms on the east side of campus. This gives us a huge common area for evening feeds and activities and a fantastic quad for outdoor games. Ready to move in?
The Main School Building and Boyden Lane - When Deerfield Academy was a single building, the "MSB" was it. Today it houses important Academy offices as well add the History and Philosophy Departments. The Experimentory doesn't utilize the building very much, with one big exception: as students, parents, and friends trickle into town for Registration, this is the building they'll be looking for. Park out front (right about where this picture was taken), head up the walk, and let the fun begin!