Thetford Academy Reviews
Gain exclusive insight into life at Thetford Academy from our carefully curated video reviews, including roundtable Q&As, that deliver in-depth insider info from parents, alumni and students.
Our Perspective on 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.
Get crucial behind-the-scenes information about Thetford Academy from video interviews with probing questions that we recorded live with parents, current students, and recent alumni.
Roundtable Q&A (1)
Watch our Thetford Academy Q&A discussion with Hannah Davis (Alum), Patty McIlvaine (Parent), Alex (Student), Terese (Parent) to gain fresh insight into the school’s culture, values, and strengths.