Common School Community

Middle School: Williston Northampton 

High School: Deerfield Academy

While at Deerfield, Orlee was Editor in Chief of the Deerfield Scroll, played varsity waterpolo and swimming, was a TEDx speaker and she interned at Congressman James McGovern’s office.

College: Harvard University ‘23  Orlee is completing a joint concentration in History & Literature and Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality. Picking up where she left off at Deerfield, she’s also an editor on the Harvard Crimson staff.

When not in the thick of her studies Orlee is a committed activist, reads ancient poetry, and squeezes in her own historical reading and writing.


In her own words: “The Common School offers an environment where students simultaneously have an immense amount of freedom to determine their own path and an immense support network to guide them along the way.

When the Common School says that they provide a hands-on education, they’re not kidding. We planted pumpkins and weighed the harvest. We studied river ecology while we were literally knee-deep in the river; we did experiments and made discoveries with Wisconsin fast plants. 

At every step of the way, my teachers knew me as a student and as a person, challenged me both academically and socially, and made me feel accountable to something larger than myself. They created a supportive environment full of intellectual engagement and curiosity, an environment that allowed me to discover my passion for the Classics, scientific research, and history. And the incredible mentorship I experienced at the Common School didn’t end at graduation; my teachers continue to serve as invaluable mentors up to this day”.