Thetford Academy’s campus is 295 acres of field and forest, with stunning views of the highest peaks of the Connecticut River Valley. The historic White Building, built in 1949 after the original building burned in the Great Fire of 1942, is the centerpiece and hub of Thetford Academy. Sitting at the head of the quad, it is flanked by the the Arts and Science Building, the Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium, and Anderson Hall.
Thetford Academy has an extensive trail network for hiking, walking, running, and Nordic skiing.
- State-of-the-art Science labs
- Weight room and gym facility
- Timber-framed outdoor classroom
- Greenhouse and outdoor vegetable gardens
- Athletic fields with timber-framed dugouts designed and built by TA students; 2 batting cages
- Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) heated yurt and outdoor classroom
- Groomed and maintained 5K cross country trail, the Dan Grossman Woods Trail
- Honors courses offered in all core departments in the high school
- Juniors and Seniors may be eligible to take courses for college credit at Dartmouth College
- Recent state championships: girls soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys indoor track
Our Take: Thetford Academy
Thetford Academy is delightful in so many ways it’s hard to know quite where to start. Founded in 1819, it’s the oldest secondary school in Vermont, and has been coed since it first opened its doors. The location, charmingly, was chosen in order to allow students a chance to study in a location described at the time as “remarkably healthy, and free from business, excitement, and every temptation.” While finding a place apart from the real world is certainly no longer a goal—the school is very much an international one in light of its curricular gaze and student population—many of the founding values remain. That includes a dedication to the liberal arts, a rigorous delivery, and a commitment to diversity of thought, perspective, and experience. Instruction today reflects the best practices or our time, with experiential learning, cross-curricular investigation, and a focus on relationships (peer to peer; instructor to student) as the basis of instruction. The campus is extensive, and with a recent purchase of an additional parcel of land adjacent to the main property, has direct access to State Forest. Much, rightly, is made of those outdoor resources, including recreation, physical education, and outdoor instruction. There’s also a maple sugar shack. Again, it’s a stellar setting that hosts a world-class program, just as it’s been doing for more than two centuries.