From the Head of School

Welcome to TA’s website! Whatever brings you here – whether you are a current or prospective student, a panther parent or grandparent, a TA alum, a community supporter, a curious educator, or just an interested Upper Valley neighbor – we hope you find stories, facts, and program information about Thetford Academy that are useful and compelling and that capture the unique and inspired nature of our school.

The Head of School page allows me to share my weekly family letters and other blog posts with the wider world. Topics range from program highlights and parent reminders to student shout-outs and class projects – and so much more. Most importantly, I try to spotlight all of the exciting activity happening on our campus and offer a window into daily life and learning at TA.

I invite you to take time to cruise around our website to learn more about Thetford Academy, starting with the TA News page for all of the latest updates.

You can read more about me and my experience as an educator here: Carrie’s bio.

Please be in touch with questions, suggestions, and ideas to share!

Carrie Brennan, Head of School
Thetford Academy
  • 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......

  • Dear TA Families, The end of the school year is a big balancing act between celebration and rigor, and sometimes the silly and the serious. We had our fair share of silly today, as we arrived at school this morning and found the quad crowded with tents and the interior of......

  • Dear TA Families, So much is happening as we come roaring into the final stretch of the school year. Here are a few features from this past week – it might have been a short one, but it was packed with activity! Accolades in the Arts On Wednesday evening the......

  • Dear TA Families, We wrapped up Student Appreciation Week on Friday afternoon with a Panther Party. It was the perfect weather for outdoor activities, including a cookout lunch, volleyball on the quad, an epic hopscotch obstacle course, disc golf on the new course, good old four-square, a cotton candy station,......

  • Dear TA Families, The 7th graders took us around the world with their culture fair on Tuesday, the Mamma Mia! cast will transport us to Greece this weekend, and Madame Heinzmann is gearing up to bring back an international trip to Europe next spring!  France/Spain Trip Planning – April 2025......

  • Dear TA Families, We have a lot of gratitude for the incredible parent efforts to make Teacher Appreciation Week a special one for all of us who work at TA – the teachers especially, and also the support staff and admin, all of us working together to support students and the school. The......

  • Featured photo this week: Teeing up Teacher Appreciation Week, here is a fun shot of some TA educators enjoying after school club time in the greenhouse. Dear TA Families, Happy May! We came back from break to find the daffodils in bloom, the lunch tents back up, and afternoon temps in......

  • Dear TA Families,  We made it! Today’s final bell at 2:55pm this afternoon marked the beginning of spring break. TA offices will be closed next week, April 22-26. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on April 29 for the final 7-week stretch of the school year!  While we pause the......

  • Dear TA Families, Kudos to our whole school community for the many ‘wins’ we experienced today. Each grade level had their own agenda and version of the day, so check in with your student to get details about specific activities and personal highlights. A common theme across all the grades: Taking......

  • Students have so many experiences over the course of their years at TA – internships, sports, clubs, challenging courses, theater, music, outdoor activities – it’s easy to believe that these experiences alone are enough to foster learning and growth. In Outward Bound’s early days, instructor Rusty Baille famously agreed: “Let the......

  • Dear TA Families, Snow? What snow? Here at TA, we are getting ready for spring! Student Learning Spotlight In a full circle seasonal experience, the 7th graders spent time in the warmth of the greenhouse this week, cleaning and sorting seeds from crops they harvested last fall, such as corn and......

  • Dear TA Families, As we experience the fickle start to spring in New England, it can be a good time to start planning ahead for summer. Our horticulture students are definitely doing just that, busily tending to their starts in the greenhouse. Summer is an awesome time of growth for our......

Upcoming Events

June 2024

Friday June 21

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thetford Arthouse Cinema

Saturday June 22

All Day
Class of 1999 - 25th Reunion

Sunday June 23

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Schoolhouse Rocks Presents: Good Gravy

Tuesday June 25

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thetford Arthouse Cinema



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.