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.

I use this page to feature my communications. Each Friday I send out a news update to the TA community, including parents, students, trustees, and faculty and staff. The Head of School page allows me to share my weekly letters and other blog posts with our wider world of TA supporters, alumni, and website visitors. Topics range from school reminders to program highlights. This past year or so, I’ve had to focus a lot on the logistics of how TA is navigating teaching and learning through the pandemic – but I promise it’s not all about COVID.

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

Thank you for visiting TA’s website and the Head of School page. Please be in touch with questions, suggestions, and ideas to share!

Carrie Brennan, Head of School
Thetford Academy
  • Dear TA Families, I spent time this week getting into classrooms and enjoyed seeing students engaged in the many ways learning can look like: creating, researching, practicing, discussing, sharing, listening, performing, writing and collaborating. I invite you to check in with your student this weekend about their experiences. What is......

  • 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......

  • Dear TA Families, Autumn is in the air today as we wrap up our fourth week of the school year. A variety of classes have spent time outdoors in recent weeks with hands-on learning and projects taking place around campus. Middle schoolers especially have been outside with their electives and......

  • Dear TA Families, As we move into the fall season, we are looking ahead to annual traditions at Thetford Academy and reaching out for community and parent volunteers to support events. Mountain Day – Friday, Sept. 23 We want the TA Mountain Day tradition to continue! However, bus and bus......

  • Dear TA Families, We had an activity-filled week, starting with our first regular assembly of the year during power hour and culminating today with the 9th grade retreat on our outdoor campus this morning. It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night on Thursday evening – we......

  • Dear TA Families, Lots of new shoes and first-day nerves and excitement on display this past Tuesday as we started the school year. We welcomed back over 220 returning students, along with over 90 new classmates – and an awesome cadre of new faculty. The new year brings lots of opportunities......

  • Thetford Academy’s campus sprang to life on Thursday, August 18, as faculty and staff returned to campus for back to school in-service. Returning staff warmly welcomed TA’s 14 new staff members before settling down to breakfast from the Panther Cafe. A slideshow of photos in the background highlighted the staff’s......

  • We are excited to introduce the newest members of our outstanding TA teaching team! Each comes to their position with strong knowledge in their field, a passion for teaching and learning, and rich personal and professional experiences that will infuse our school community with new perspectives and expertise. Congratulations and......

  • Long-time faculty member Karen Heinzmann was honored with the Peters Family Dedicated Employee of the Year award at the year-end ceremonies in June. Initiated by TA educator and alum Ted Peters ’63 in honor of his parents, this annual award spotlights a Thetford Academy employee for their deep commitment to......

  • The following letter accompanied students’ final report cards of the year, which were mailed home on June 22. Dear Thetford Academy Parents, Caregivers, and Families, This 4th quarter report card mailing marks the official end of the 2021-2022 school year.  At our closing assembly of the year on June 10, I......

  • Dear TA Families, We are in the final stretch of the school year! I know there is a lot of information to keep track of at this time of year. Thank you for taking the time to keep up with school messages, and please reach out if you have any questions.......

  • Dear TA Families, The school year is reaching a late spring crescendo with performances, projects, and special events taking center stage. Arts Focus Recent days have been especially filled with a spotlight on the arts at TA. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the spring musical who delighted their......

Upcoming Events

October 2022

Monday October 3

11:00 am – 11:45 am
College Visit-Oberlin College

Tuesday October 4

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
College Visit-SCAD(Savannah College of Art and Design)

Wednesday October 5

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Thursday October 6

10:00 am – 10:45 am
College Visit - Castleton University

Friday October 7

All Day
Faculty Inservice - No School



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.