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 attended the college information session for juniors and their families on Monday night and wanted to share some takeaways. The event, hosted by the TA Counseling Department, featured admissions officers from six regional colleges and offered important information and insights that any parent of a student in secondary......

  • Dear TA Families, 3rd Quarter Momentum This week we bounced back from all of the Founders’ Day fun and jumped back into the flow of 3rd quarter. The sunny days kept our energy up and weather disruptions to the school schedule at bay. This is an important stretch in the......

  • On Friday, February 2, the Thetford Academy school community celebrated the school’s 205th birthday with our annual Founders’ Day event. Photos include the grade level committees busily working during their prep time on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as event activities on Friday. This year’s Founders’ Day theme was board......

  • Dear TA Families, We had a wonderful Founders’ Day celebration today. Thank you to all of the students for their incredible spirit these past few days. What an intensity of activity and creativity to bring all of their projects to fruition in such a short period of time! Enjoy this preliminary......

  • Dear TA Families, The 8th graders reminded us this week of the power of venturing out to explore new places and try new experiences. The Class of 2028, with a team of TA teacher-advisors, spent Monday and Tuesday at the Aloha Foundation’s Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee. This was an awesome opportunity for......

  • The following letter accompanied students’ report cards, which were distributed on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Dear Thetford Academy Parents and Caregivers, Enclosed you will find your student’s first semester report card as well as a brochure about the TOP summer outdoor leadership program. Junior families will also find information from......

  • Dear TA Families, The start of the new year can be a good time to set new intentions and goals, and consider  opportunities to pursue. This week’s email features extracurricular programs for middle school and high school students in the upcoming seasons, including a winter circus camp coming right up......

  • Dear TA Families, What do we mean when we describe something as ‘high stakes’ in an education setting? Usually the phrase is associated with various kinds of testing, such as required state assessments, a heavily-weighted course final, or college entrance exams – the outcomes of which can have a major......

  • Photo credit: Dan Grossman. Deb Sanders-Dame (right) and Molly Dugan-Sullivan volunteer at the Woods Trail Run registration table. After serving students for more than four decades, Thetford Academy’s Director of Special Education Services, Dr. Deb Sanders-Dame, will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Sanders-Dame, also known as......

  • Dear TA Families, Early January is a busy time of transition, as we return from holiday break and immerse ourselves back into classes for the final stretch of the semester. Students are working on culminating projects, essays, performances, exams, and reflections. This is an especially intense period for high school students, whose current roster......

  • Dear TA Families, And 2023 is a wrap! We had a full day of classes yesterday, with some holiday fun in advisory thrown in, and today begins a well-deserved vacation for students and staff. The Thetford Academy offices will be closed from today through January 1, and we look forward to resuming school......

  • Dear TA Families, Last week I featured students taking their learning onto the stage, over the airwaves, and into the woods in the ‘student learning spotlights’ section of my weekly email. Today I want to share more examples of TA classes and clubs testing their knowledge and skills in real world settings during the culminating......

Upcoming Events

February 2024

Friday February 23

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Black History Month Program

Saturday February 24

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Boy's Basketball Quarterfinal vs. BFA-Fairfax at TA

Monday February 26Friday March 1

No School ~ Winter Break

Thursday February 29

All Day
Ski Team @ Districts (Bromley)



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.