About Thetford Academy

Thetford Academy is a classic New England town academy—an independent school with a public purpose. Founded in 1819, the Academy serves as the secondary school for Thetford, VT and neighboring towns.

Today, over 300 students in grades 7-12 come to TA from throughout the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, and from countries around the world, to join our close-knit academic community.

Every day, Thetford Academy strives to fulfill our mission to celebrate the worth of all students, to nurture their strengths, and to challenge them to reach their potential. TA’s award-winning faculty are recognized for their innovative teaching practices, dedication to their craft, and deep commitment to student learning.

Thetford is an inclusive school community. We work together to foster a culture of kindness, celebrate diversity, and ensure that all students feel safe, supported, and respected. At TA, students can be themselves.

TA News

  • We’re almost to the finish line of another year at Thetford Academy! The last day of TA’s fiscal year is June 30, 2024 and we are so close to our annual fund goal of $100,000. To the nearly 200 community members who have already made their gift to TA, thank......

  • Longtime Thetford Academy English teacher Joe Deffner recently sat down with his former colleague, author and educator Ken Cadow. Cadow’s first novel, Gather, released last fall, was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Deffner and Cadow overlapped as Thetford Academy English teachers over a......

  • In the spirit of continuous growth, learning, and for the simple joy of reading on a summer afternoon, Thetford Academy’s faculty members almost always have a book in progress over the summer break. What are they reading this year? The list below reflects the breadth of our teachers’ interests and......

  • Thetford Academy’s Schoolhouse Rocks summer concert series opens its second season this Sunday with a performance from Burlington’s bluegrass greats Good Gravy. Good Gravy members Joe Agnello, Jeff Wilson, and Jack Vignone pay homage to bluegrass legends Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Doc Watson – a show you won’t want......

  • Dear TA Families, I’m sending my final weekly email of the year. Thanks for reading along with me and staying connected to school happenings these past 10 months! Congratulations to the Class of 2024!  We had three special send-off events for the seniors last week: Baccalaureate with families on Sunday evening, Class......

  • On Friday, June 14, Thetford Academy celebrated its 205th commencement ceremony honoring the graduating Class of 2024. After a long week of dismal weather forecasts for the event, the predicted rain suddenly disappeared from the forecast, replaced by a perfect evening for an outdoor celebration. With the mountains providing an......

Thetford Academy is committed to diversity and strives to build, maintain, and promote a culture of equity and inclusion. The curriculum challenges students to examine issues of diversity and encourages them to engage in active learning. Students reflect critically on social problems as they develop the skills to succeed in an environment where diversity is acknowledged, respected, and celebrated.



We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.


We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.


We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.


We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.


We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.