It is not unusual to see smart hard-working kids receive low grades at DA - there are very demanding teachers with their unique expectations. It is something that new students at all schools (not just ours) must figure out during the first half of the term - what does the teacher expect and like? You can get the correct answer in a science or math class, but if you do not explain it well enough or have notation they do not like it will be marked as incorrect. In Humanities classes, you must elaborate and argue your point well. It is true preparation for college. Granted, there are some teachers who are more lenient (usually new teachers to the school). Some teachers will allow you to make corrections and give you some credit, but others are not so kind. When my kid misunderstood test instructions on a Spanish vocabulary test as a Freshman, it resulted in a F even though each vocab word was correct because pronouns were not included. Dumb mistake. Kiddo demonstrated correct knowledge and explained the misunderstanding. Wrote the correct pronouns down in front of the teacher. But the teacher said “You have learned your lesson and guess you won’t do it next time”.
It’s not Montessori Pre-K. It’s Deerfield and IMHO it’s not warm & fuzzy. That’s an honest criticism (not complaining). Honestly, kiddo has had only ONE teacher who nurtured a passion for a subject and was verbally encouraging. For some reason, people have this misperception as a sports school - well it is heavily sports focused but it is academically rigorous. New students are surprised. So, know what you are getting yourself into. Worse than that, IMHO colleges have no idea how academically demanding the school is. Oh, one more thing. In case any of you feel the urge to post that “your kid must have sour grapes” or is a poor performer. Not the case. High Honor Roll. Just being honest with you guys in a way that was lacking when we chose the school.
I have said my peace for now….more after graduation.