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Head of School Weekly Email: Advice from College Admissions Officers & Other Updates

Dear TA Families,

I attended the college information session for juniors and their families on Monday night and wanted to share some takeaways. The event, hosted by the TA Counseling Department, featured admissions officers from six regional colleges and offered important information and insights that any parent of a student in secondary school might find useful – even if just to contemplate for the future.

The panelists each had a lot to share; here are a handful of high-level pointers that stood out for me:

  • Challenge yourself while in high school – explore and take advantage of a wide range of classes
  • Do your research, know yourself as a learner, seek the right ‘fit’ for you when considering colleges
  • College admissions officers are a resource for you – they are not just gatekeepers 
  • Colleges have a range of programs and accommodations for diverse learners
  • Don’t be deterred by sticker shock w/high tuition – financial aid and scholarships are available
  • Don’t forget to think about options in Canada!

For those interested in a deeper dive, check out the full recording of the event, linked from the TA counseling page.

On the other end of the TA journey – the beginning: If you have siblings, cousins, friends, or neighbors who are looking to enroll at Thetford Academy for the 2024-25 school year, please encourage them to complete the process by March. This ensures that they are included in the course registration process in April. Guide families to the admissions section of the TA website for more information.

In other school news, the 10th grade hosts a Valentine’s Dance tonight, open to all grades, from 7-9pm. Best of luck to our robotics teams at championships tomorrow and our boys and girls basketball teams on the road (boys tonight, girls tomorrow). A reminder that TA’s winter break is the final week of February, 2/26-3/1, and we return to school on Monday, March 4. 

💙 Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day to the TA Community!

Carrie Brennan, Head of School



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