Academics

At TA, we encourage students to go beyond the core curriculum to dive deep into the topics that interest, challenge, and inspire them.

When a student feels inspired, the sky is the limit. That’s why we work hard to understand how our students learn and what they are passionate about. Across the school community, we encourage students to stretch toward their dreams and work toward their goals.

TA students are encouraged to go above and beyond. Our honors program includes both embedded honors–where students can complete rigorous coursework to supplement the standard curriculum–and honors-only course options in a wide variety of subject areas.

Students can take college courses through dual enrollment, pursue interests outside TA’s curriculum with a “Challenge Course” or independent study, and take advantage of internship, technology, and semester programs off-campus.

Our faculty advisors work hard to connect students to experiences and academic opportunities that light the spark of inspiration and keep them engaged in and excited about learning.

Academic News

  • Since 2016, creative writing students at TA have had the unique opportunity to work with Vermont’s reigning poetry slam champion, author, poet, and performer Geof Hewitt. This year, Hewitt joined Mr. Mann’s Creative Writing course as an artist-in-residence. Over the course of the week with Hewitt, Mann’s students engaged in......

  • Chris Schmidt, TA’s Design Technology teacher, found a new passion for pottery this summer. After taking the class “Alternative Firing Techniques” at the Blackberry Hill Art Center in Orford, NH, Chris was especially interested the the art and science of Raku, an ancient Japanese method of firing pottery that results......

  • Hoping to relive its successful debut two weeks ago, TA’s team 4886 sent six robots and their student builders to Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH for a competition among 33 robots from six other schools.  Thetford Academy’s showing was strong. At the end of 50 qualifying matches, five out of......

  • TA was excited to welcome Nando from Moon and Stars Arepas to campus last month to teach Spanish 1a, 1b, and Spanish 2 students how to make squash-filled empanadas using ingredients grown at TA. A collaboration between TA’s world language program and the school garden, the event was part of the......

  • Saturday was a big day for Thetford Academy’s VEX Robotics Team 4886–their first competition of the season and the first in-person VEX event for VT/NH since the state championships in February of 2020. The VEX kickoff event, hosted at Manchester Community College, brought together 23 student teams from 6 schools......

  • The following letter accompanied student report cards for first quarter, which were sent home with students on November 1. Dear TA Parents and Guardians, We hope your student had a good first quarter and is feeling acclimated to the routines and expectations of our renewed full-day experience and daily schedule.......

our VALUES

Excellence

We set high expectations. we challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.

Commitment

We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.

Cooperation

We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.

Caring

We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.

Diversity

We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of carried perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.