Thetford Academy

At its core, Thetford Academy is an independent school with a public purpose.
For nearly 200 years, the Academy has served as the community school for the town of Thetford and a school of choice for neighbors in surrounding areas.
Today, students come from more than a dozen towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, and from countries around the world, to become a part of this close-knit educational community.
Every day, Thetford Academy fulfills its educational mission to celebrate the worth of all students, to nurture their strengths, and to challenge them to reach their potential.
At TA, highly qualified teachers, recognized for their innovative approach to teaching and learning, are passionate about engaging every student. And with more than 100 courses, TA`s curriculum is designed to be flexible and accessible.
The Academy embraces a diverse community of students with a wide range of learning styles.
It asks both teachers and students to experiment, stretch their boundaries, and take risks as learners. In this environment-where diversity is acknowledged, respected, and celebrated-students gain the skills they need to take advantage of life`s opportunities and the tools they need to overcome its challenges.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAll areas of Special Education
Year Founded1819
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students339 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 9%
Students by Grade Thetford Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size13 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, French, Physics, Precalculus, Spanish
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$17,998
Tuition NotesInternational Homestay Program - $45,000
Admissions DirectorWendy Cole


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Weightlifting, Winter TrackAlpine SkiingBaseball,
Cross CountryNordic Skiing,
Track and FieldWeightlifting,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Environmental Club, Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), Outdoor Program, Robotics Program

Arts and Music Programs:
Choral Music, Culinary Arts, Design Technology, Drama Program, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts

School Notes

  • Thetford Academy is situated on nearly 300 acres of woodlands and fields, and is contiguous to the nearly 200 acre Thetford Hill State Park, which the school manages through a special agreement with the State of Vermont.
  • The school boasts small classes, nurturing teachers, supportive parents, a hands-on curriculum, honors offerings in all disciplines, robust electives, a strong fine arts program, an outdoor education program, and a path to taking Dartmouth College courses while still in high school.
  • An open admissions policy fosters diversity in the student population, and as a result, the student body exhibits a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and aspirations.
  • TA students benefit from the best traditions of small schools: individualized attention, respect for diversity, a strongly cooperative spirit, and multiple opportunities for leadership, activities, and service.
  • Thetford Academy is a community of learners. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential. We value initiative, courage and dedication. We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and about the larger community.
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