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

  • Medications will be sent home from the health office next weekParents, please, look for your student’s medications as I send them home next week. This is your & your student’s responsibility. Lighten those Backpacks – Help your Backs Feel Better! Free Summer Camps High Temperature Caution from VT Dept. of......

  • Panther fans, did you know that you can follow a play-by-play of TA athletics on Instagram? Visit www.instagram.com/thetfordacademy_athletics and give the Panthers a follow! The playoff season launched on Tuesday for the Panthers, with a baseball opener vs. Mill River. The Panthers, seeded third in Division III, routed Mill River......

  • Dear TA Families, Culminating ExperiencesThis past week was a busy one with many classes taking their learning beyond the classroom walls – showcasing projects, performing for public audiences, and putting their skills and knowledge to the test in real world settings.  Drama students delighted audiences with a high-energy and colorful......

  • With a new “Zen Zone” in the library, Thetford Academy’s Getting to Y (GTY) team hopes to help students feel safe, supported, and connected. The Zen Zone is, by design, a calm, quiet space for students to take a break, relax, and focus on self-care. It’s a response to the......

  • Maddison Wilhite, Thetford Academy Class of 2013, believes she might be TA’s biggest fan–her classmates thought so, voting her the student with the “Most School Spirit” in her senior year. Wilhite’s family (originally from western Nebraska) moved around “a ton” before settling in Thetford in 2007. At TA, she found......

  • Dear TA Families, The school year is reaching a crescendo, as students work on and finish culminating projects in their classes. Two amazing examples are highlighted below, with this weekend’s musical and a new timber frame structure that was raised on campus yesterday.  We have two more ‘regular’ weeks of......

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.