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, The days are lengthening, this afternoon the sun is shining, and under the melting snow today a few daffodil shoots appeared on the quad. As we transition between seasons, it has been a busy time in the sugar shack with the wood stove cranking and lots of boiling......

  • February and March were a whirlwind for Thetford Academy’s Alpine Ski Team. The Southern District Championship held at Pico on Monday, February 27th, marked the last regular season race and was the final determinant for which teams or individuals would advance to the VT State Championship at Burke. Coach Dixon......

  • For the last several years, Thetford Academy’s “Getting to Y” (GTY) middle and high school teams have been working to make an impact on the health and well-being of TA’s student body. Through the process of analyzing the real data from Vermont’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Getting to Y......

  • The cast and crew of “A Trip to the Moon.” Photo credit: Melissa Thaxton Last weekend, TA’s drama program presented “A Trip to the Moon” to an enthusiastic audience in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. The one-act play by Tracy Wells explores the transformative summer of 1969, and “tells the......

  • Teeth, Happy Teeth Vision and Hearing ScreeningsStudents in grades 7, 9 and 11 are completing vision & hearing screenings. Students, thanks for your help. Illnesses Dance ClassesOpen Door has dance classes which promote wellness and self-confidence.Open Door Dance ClassesOther activities that boost self-confidence include: sports, art classes, robotics club and......

  • Dear TA Families, A few highlights to share with you as we come to the middle of March … Spring Inservice The teacher inservice today included a variety of topics, from doing a deep dive into the TA professional standards to practicing for upcoming student roundtables and participating in restorative justice circles.......

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.