COVID changed things at Deerfield - the school did a type of “Block Schedule” last year during COVID with courses lasting @ 10 weeks per term, having 2 classes each term. This was aimed at de-densifying (if that’s a word) the buildings. The good news was that the students were in school. The bad news list, however, is long. It was very difficult to have an entire year of an AP Course, foreign language, math, science, CS in 10 weeks. As a result, there are common knowledge gaps for students who completed their math and foreign language courses last November, then were expected to pick up where they left off when returning to school. On top of that, everyone I know of who took the AP tests found it tougher to prepare after a long gap of several months, or a truncated course.
This year, DA has another type of modular system where the students have courses on different days. As a result, some classes have a one day gap or maybe 2 day gap in between, with slightly longer class periods. The aim (I believe) was to have longer class times. The problem is that most of my student’s teachers give out 2 days of homework or 2 day assignments. I am not sure if this schedule will stick next year.
You raise an important point - when applying to BS’s, do ask about their schedules, proposed changes to schedules, reading periods (if any), length of term, AP prep offered, etc.
Also, take advantage of the many kind students on this board who can share insights about course load & schedules with you. You might get more information from DM’s on CC than you would be talking to students on campus.