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

  • Ten years ago, Morgan Gaffney ‘20 was a 10 year-old spectator near the Boston Marathon finish line. She was there to cheer on her mom Renee, who was running that day with her longtime team. The event turned traumatic for Morgan when the race was disrupted by the Boston Marathon......

  • On Friday, February 10, 2023, Thetford Academy’s Student Alliance for Racial Justice (SARJ) student group will host a premiere of the PBS film “Driving While Black.” “Chronicling the riveting history and personal experiences – at once liberating and challenging, harrowing and inspiring, deeply revealing and profoundly transforming – of African......

  • Below Freezing WeatherWonderful students, when outside please remember to cover all skin with winter clothing: faces: neck warmers, heads: warm hats, bodies: warm jackets & snow pants, feet: warm socks & winter boots.  THC Vape Pens Illnesses Babysitting Course Women’s Self Defense Class February 12, 19, 26 and March 5Sundays, 4:00 PM – 5:00......

  • Regular season is wrapping up for the Panthers, and both the girls and the boys basketball teams are maintaining strong season records. The girls basketball team is currently ranked 3rd in the VPA’s Division III (10-4). Last Tuesday, the Panthers fell to Windsor (56-42) for the second time this season,......

  • THC Vape Pens Illnesses Babysitting Course Women’s Self Defense Class February 12, 19, 26 and March 5Sundays, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PMPrice $100.00Instructor: Kevin ComeauAt Open Door in White River [email protected] money available Thetford Town Service Officer Thetford Food Shelf Safe Winter Driving Please remember to be safe and take......

  • Photo: DEI coordinator Tony Strat-Cortez and Sora Bolles ’26 Last week, Thetford Academy student Sora Bolles ’26 presented invited testimony to the Vermont State Board of Education on behalf of the Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network (VSARN). VSARN is a project of Vermont Learning for the Future and is made up......

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.