As Vermont’s oldest secondary school, Thetford Academy has prepared students for success for more than 200 years. An independent school with a public purpose, TA believes that education should be inclusive and personalized; and that every student deserves to be inspired, challenged, and supported.

Thetford Academy offers big opportunities in a small-school setting. TA students can choose from more than 100 academic courses. They can dive into the subjects that inspire them–through rich electives, honors options, independent study, or classes at Dartmouth College.

Student life at TA is as vibrant and diverse as our 300+ students. More than 20 active clubs represent a wide range of student interests and talents; and TA’s three-season, Division III athletics includes soccer, baseball, softball, track and field, basketball, cross country, and downhill skiing.

TA News

  • Dear TA Students, Families, and Staff, Here are a few reflections and reminders as we head into the holiday weekend. I wish for everyone some time in the coming days for rest, connection, and joy.  Sharing Gratitude Student gratitude cards have been adorning our school hallways throughout November. They are......

  • Giving Tuesday is a global movement that “unleashes the power of radical generosity.” Every year, on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a call to give generously to the organizations whose work is important to us. This Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021, we invite you to join Thetford......

  • 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......

  • The following update from the TA Health Office was sent via email to all parents on November 18. Guide for staying home and returning to school: 1. Your child must stay home if they have any of these symptoms: fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, change in taste/smell.......

  • 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......

Are you interested in applying to Thetford Academy? Our Enrollment Coordinator, Molly Dugan-Sullivan can answer all your questions.



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 carried perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.