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

  • On Friday, September 22, a beautifully sunny first day of autumn, Thetford Academy students and staff headed out to six regional peaks for a day of hiking. We had perfect conditions for the 45th Frederick Torrey Mountain Day. For the first time since September 2019, the pandemic (with its many......

  • It was a great Homecoming for the Panthers on Saturday – both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams defeated Lyndon Institute and added a “W” to their season record. The girls took the field at 11:00 a.m. on TA’s, up two at the half and finishing it off in......

  • On Tuesday, September 19, Thetford Academy’s Counseling Office hosted a virtual college information session for current seniors and their families. The one-hour workshop, led by director of counseling Mark Pichette, provided an overview of the college application process and offered families tips and resources to help along the way. Some......

  • Dear TA Families, Today was a special day for our new high schoolers – the Class of 2027 – as they all participated in our annual 9th grade retreat. Fortunately, it was a beautiful autumn day (no rain!). Students spent the day outdoors on the TA south campus connecting as a......

  • This year’s Homecoming event is coming together, let’s show our Panther Pride! We are excited to announce that after the Homecoming games, Vermont’s own Gully Boys will be rocking the campus quad. This concert is free and open to the public – come out and enjoy some live music with......

  • Thetford Academy was recently awarded an $18,000 Cultural Facilities Grant from the Vermont Arts Council to complete much-needed technology upgrades in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. The MJR Theater, constructed in 2009 as part of TA’s last capital campaign, is a high-quality, generously-sized performance space and a point of pride......

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.