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

  • As the year draws to a close, Thetford Academy’s teachers continue to design rich learning experiences for students. Culminating projects are designed to bring together the ideas, information, and skills students have learned over the course of the semester and put that learning into practice. For example, in Scott Ellis’s......

  • Dear TA Families, The end of the school year is a big balancing act between celebration and rigor, and sometimes the silly and the serious. We had our fair share of silly today, as we arrived at school this morning and found the quad crowded with tents and the interior of......

  • We remember our WWII veterans with appreciation this D-Day. Nurse Ellen will return medications that students have had at school, the week of June 10th. Summer Food Program for Lower Income Students There is money available for summer lunches ($120 per child). If you already have an EBT (electronic benefit......

  • Join TA this summer for music, fun, and food! Thetford Academy is excited to announce a reprisal of our summer concert series, “Schoolhouse Rocks” for a second season. The series opens with the Burlington, VT based bluegrass band “Good Gravy” on Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m. The trio (Joe......

  • It’s time to celebrate! This week, TA’s Class of 2024 is winding down their high school career with full days of classes before final exams. On Sunday, June 9, the class will commence celebrating their achievements with Thetford Academy’s annual baccalaureate ceremony, hosted in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. The......

  • Guest post by Track and Field coach Joel Breakstone The TA track and field teams had great performances at the Division 3 State Championships in Fair Haven on May 30. The girls finished third, just behind Woodstock and White River, and the boys were state champions. It’s the fifth championship in......

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.