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

  • Photo: TOP rock climbing trip in South Royalton last weekend. The Thetford Outdoor Program has added several new outdoor adventures to its calendar. These outings are open to all TA students – get outside with TOP and enjoy Vermont’s beautiful fall landscape! Cardigan Fall Foliage Hike, October 10Join TOP for......

  • Upcoming Vaccination Clinics and Dental Care Flu Clinic for Staff and Students: Thursday, Oct. 13Thetford Academy will host a flu vaccination clinic for students and staff on Thursday Oct. 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Consent forms for these vaccinations must be returned to the Health Office by October 11th. Consent......

  • There is no question that a healthy sense of adventure and an entrepreneurial spirit are good qualities to have when growing up in rural Vermont. Jonas Cole, Class of 2008, who was raised two doors down from Thetford Academy, remembers how “making your own fun” was a key part of......

  • Last week, TA’s Counseling Office hosted the first in its annual series of college information sessions. The session, geared specifically toward seniors and their families, covered topics such as: how to navigate the college application process, the basics of applying to college and for financial aid, and how to identify......

  • Dear TA Families, Kudos to students and staff for their Mountain Day hikes yesterday, embracing the chilly winds and accepting the adaptive plans to solve transportation issues and other logistical challenges. Every grade got off of Thetford Hill this year and headed out to one of the mountains we gaze......

  • We are seeing slightly fewer students out sick with upper respiratory viruses (cold/cough/sore throat) at the end of this week. We are hopeful that both this non-Covid virus and Covid may be decreasing some. Friendly remindersL If your student is sick, please let the Main Office or Health Office know what symptoms they......

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.