On January 4, 1992, Old Deerfield Grammar School and South Deerfield Elementary School were joined when the door of the new Deerfield Elementary School opened. It is located near Old Deerfield, a National Historic Site. Several colonial homes and taverns have been restored and are open to the public as museums. Deerfield is also home to three private schools of international renown; namely, Deerfield Academy, Bement School, and Eaglebrook School.
Deerfield Elementary School is part of the Union#38 School District working closely with Whately Elementary, Conway Grammar School, and Sunderland Elementary.
Union#38 Schools offer full-day preschool programs for three and four year old children. The early childhood classroom are integrated programs for students with disabilities and peer partners. The programs offer educational therapies such as speech/language; occupational, and physical therapy; screening and assessment; and parent support services.
Other programs include instrumental music, where students are eligible to participate in group lessons on string instruments in grades 3-6 and band instruments in grades 5-6. The thirty minute lessons are free of charge and scheduled during the school day in consultation with the classroom teachers. In September, the music teachers demonstrate the instruments and distribute information on how and where to rent an instrument. Concerts are scheduled through the year, culminating in a combined performance by the four Union 38 schools in the spring (held at Frontier Regional).
In an effort to provide the best education to our students, the curriculum in the Union#38 Schools, based on Common Core established by the Massachusetts Department of Education, is continually examined and revised by teachers and staff. Current research and strategies about best practices in teaching and learning are considered. The Union#38 schools currently have teacher-authored curriculum guides in the areas of Language Arts, Spelling, Science, and Mathematics. These guides outline overall instructional goals, as well as, specific grade level skills for students.
A school community is a set of relationships: among children, among school staff, among family members, and community members. In the Union#38 Schools community, these relationships are valued, supported and nurtured. We believe that these relationships are more likely to flourish when community building becomes an explicit part of what we do each day with children. Clearly, the more children feel that their school community cares about them, and meets their needs, the more likely they will feel a part of the community, to practice the very values that the school promotes, and to thrive as