As Vermont’s oldest secondary school, Thetford Academy has prepared students for success for over 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, and college courses.

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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Thetford Academy complies with all applicable state and federal nondiscrimination statutes, including the Vermont Public Accommodations Act (9 V.S.A. Chapter 139), the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (21 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 6) and Vermont State Board of Education rules 2226.6 and 2229.1.

Enrollment Policy

As an approved independent school Thetford Academy follows these enrollment policies:

  1. All applications to Thetford Academy shall be made voluntarily.
  2. No student shall be denied acceptance for enrollment in Thetford Academy on the basis of disability (as defined in Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended), or that the student is eligible for special education or undergoing the comprehensive evaluation process for special education, or on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other classification protected by federal or state law.
  3. It is the policy of Thetford Academy that a student who applies for admission shall be admitted if space is available, subject to the nondiscrimination requirements above and the exceptions to the open enrollment policy outlined in board policy C25: Admission of Day Students.
  4. If the number of applicants to Thetford Academy exceeds capacity, enrollment decisions shall be based first on continuing to enroll previously enrolled students and then upon considerations outlined in policy C25: Admission of Day Students, Section III.

TA News

  • Dear TA Families, It’s been a jam-packed February. Here are a few highlights from this past week. Black History Month Panel: “Spread love, no matter the color.” Yesterday morning students attended an assembly for Black History Month featuring two Black artists and entrepreneurs, moderated by DEI coordinator Tony Strat-Cortez and student......

  • TA junior Caleb Crossett is about as active as they come. Of the few fond memories I have of “CovidPodLife 2021”, one that stands out to me is the memory of Caleb and former Science teacher Len Whitaker passing a hockey puck any chance they could get. It came as......

  • Guest post from TA robotics coach Leif LaWhite The NH/VT 2024 VEX robotics state championship tournament is in the books. And once again, tiny TA wrote the book.  The meet was held at Manchester Community College, an hour an a half from TA, so it was another 6:30 a.m. departure for our......

  • Guest post from TA Alpine Ski Coach Paul DixonThe Thetford Academy Alpine team is heading into the end of the season and hitting their stride after a delayed start to the season. We are seeing so many breakout performances from athletes across both the Ladies and Men’s teams. Many are seeing......

  • 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......

  • That darned stomach bug is back 🙁 Illnesses – A stomach bug, causing much vomiting, has arrived at TA, the elementary school is also affected. If you want to keep your tummy happy; please don’t share water bottles or food. – We still have several students out with influenza symptoms. Symptoms......

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 varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.