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 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

  • Dear TA Families, We have lots to celebrate as we wrap up week four of the school year. Here are a few highlights. 1. First up: Accolades in both the academic and athletic realms! Congratulations to TA teacher Derek Burkins who will receive the Vermont STEM Teacher of the Year award on......

  • The Thetford Academy Board of Trustees added a cohort of five new members this year. The new trustees were approved at the May 2021 meeting and jumped right into action, joining the board for their annual retreat in June on the TA campus. The new cohort represents a cross-section of......

  • It’s almost Mountain Day! After a one-year hiatus, Thetford Academy will celebrate it’s 42nd Mountain Day on Friday, September 24. A TA tradition forged by former headmaster Frederick G. Torrey, Mountain Day challenges each of TA’s six grades to climb a nearby peak together as a class. The traditional hikes,......

  • Fall sports at TA are in full swing, and the Panthers are making us proud. In soccer, the varsity girls are 2-0-1 after Monday night’s tie game v. U-32. This weekend, in a hard-fought match v. Peoples Academy at TA’s Homecoming, the girls were locked in a 3-3 tie before......

  • The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) recently named TA faculty Derek Burkins the 2021 STEM Teacher of the Year for grades 9-12. On September 22, Burkins will be honored at VASE’s annual meeting on the Middlebury College campus and share remarks about his career path and teaching philosophy.......

  • Dear TA Families, It’s a busy weekend of TA events! Tonight we bring back the TA tradition of a fall welcome dance hosted by the senior class. This is an exciting ‘first’ after 18 months or more of no dances (except the senior prom last May). The Class of 2022 has organized......

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 carried perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.