International Student Application Process

As Thetford Academy’s International Student Program is intentionally small, admission is competitive. Thetford Academy seeks students who are highly motivated to live and learn in the United States.

Most students wish to stay through graduation and attend a competitive American college or university. Some students choose to complete a one-year program and return to their country to complete their high school education.

All students must present academic credentials that provide clear evidence that they are capable of being successful in a competitive college-bound curriculum and are ready to live independently from their families and country. We look for students who have demonstrated a clear desire to live and learn about other people and who are ready to share their customs and culture with people from other countries.

Applications should be submitted as soon after November 1 as possible. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Once the application is reviewed, Thetford Academy will send you a notification regarding acceptance and a contract, if accepted.

Download a copy of the International Admissions Application Checklist.

How to Submit Application Forms

[email protected]
International Student Program
304 Academy Rd
Thetford Center, VT 05075

Application Forms

Online Application Form

Please fill out Thetford Academy’s online application form for international students as soon as possible after November 1st.

Personal Essays

Please answer the following questions in essay form:
Question 1: Have you ever studied abroad or lived away from your family? If so, please tell us more. Also, please tell us about any other international travel experience (150 words or less)
Question 2: Thetford Academy seeks students who will benefit from and contribute to the educational program at our school. We are interested in students who want to try hard, help others, and join a respectful learning community. We believe in five fundamental principles: excellence, commitment, cooperation, diversity, and caring. In your words, please tell us what these principles mean to you (500 words or less).

Individual and Family Photographs

Please provide 4-6 family and individual photos.

International Physical Examination Report

Please download and complete each part of the International Physical Examination Report.
Part 1: To be completed by parents of applicant
Part 2: To be completed by family physician
**Proof of United States medical insurance will be required upon enrollment.

International Applicant Financial Statement

Please download and complete the International Applicant Financial Statement. (Documentation of the ability to pay tuition and expenses for one year.)

TOEFL or iTEP Test Results

Applicants must provide copies of the most recent TOEFL or iTEP test results.

Signature Page

Please download the Signature Page and sign.


Applicants must provide references from the following:
One recommendation from a Mathematics instructor.
One recommendation from an English instructor.
One recommendation from a Principal/Head/Counselor.
References must mail, fax, or email recommendations as soon as possible after online application is submitted.

Official School Transcripts

Records must be sent directly from your current school to Thetford Academy in a sealed envelope, or sent directly from the school via email.


Applicants must provide a copy of their passport information page.


Questions? Contact International Student Program Coordinator Susan Essex-Luce at [email protected] or by phone at 802-785-4805 x267.



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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.


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