Proficiency-Based Teaching and Learning

TA’s approach to proficiencies at a schoolwide level centers on a set of five transferable skills. The TA Transferable Skills transcend specific academic subjects and can be applied in a variety of contexts, supporting our students’ growth and success during their time at TA and  beyond.

Thetford Academy’s 5 Transferable Skills

  • Effective Communication and Expression

  • Self-Directed Learning

  • Creative and Practical Problem Solving

  • Caring and Involved Citizenship

  • Informed and Integrated Thinking

Each transferable skill includes a set of performance indicators, designed to provide clarity for students about what the skill looks like in real life and ways to work toward and demonstrate mastery. Click here for a more detailed look at TA’s 5 Transferable Skills and performance indicators.

Demonstrating Proficiency: Portfolios and Roundtables

During their time at Thetford Academy, students develop a portfolio that demonstrates their journey toward proficiency and mastery of TA’s Transferable Skills. The portfolio requires students to document and reflect on their growth as a learner, gathering and sharing evidence through coursework, photographs, correspondence, and awards. Students’ written reflections then connect their evidence to each of transferable skill at a detailed level.

Each spring, students are invited to present their portfolios to an audience. Depending on their grade level, this might be their advisory group or a more public audience that can include family members, teachers, and classmates. These roundtable discussions are an opportunity for students to share their growth as a learner over the past year and their goals for the future.

As part of their graduation requirements, seniors are required to make a formal presentation that exhibits proficiency in the TA Transferable Skills. The senior roundtables provide a culminating experience that synthesizes achievements in coursework, civic engagement, and extracurricular activities over the course of their time at Thetford Academy.

Upcoming Events

July 2024

Tuesday July 16

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuesdays in the TA Garden
Recurs weekly
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Summer Fun Run
Recurs weekly

Thursday July 18

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Schoolhouse Rocks Presents: Zach Nugent and Daniel Marc



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.