Academics at Thayer

At Thayer Academy, students at both the Middle and Upper School can expect to be challenged and stretched by all their teachers in the myriad art, science, math, and humanities courses we offer. With an average class size of 14, a student-faculty ratio of 6:1, and invested faculty advisors, the Academy’s classrooms are collaborative spaces, guided by teachers who care deeply for their students. This is an atmosphere where individuals are encouraged to try things outside of their comfort zones, without needless anxieties and pressures to conform.

With its tailored, intentionally developed resources such as The Peter J. Benelli Writing Center, The Hale Learning Center, and The Hanflig Technology Center Thayer Academy provides opportunity, support, and enrichment for all students. There is room here for budding writers and inventors and entrepreneurs to thrive. Those interested in problem solving in an innovative, hands-on makerspace can do so in the school's new Collaborative Design Lab. Students looking to engage with and explore the larger world have ample opportunities through Thayer’s Global Scholars Program; or through exchange programs with sister schools in France, England, China, and India; or by joining others on summer trips to countries in four continents.

All told, the academic life at Thayer Academy is rich, engaging, and focused on drawing out the personal best from each individual student. The robust college counseling resources at the Pulsifer College Counseling Center also support our students and help them find the best school to fit their academic interests and goals. It is no surprise that our graduates become well-rounded, independent, intellectually curious thinkers who embrace collaboration, and who are well prepared for college and the world beyond.

Global Citizenship @ Thayer Academy

Students become citizens of the world through Thayer Academy's Global Scholars Program, which encourages greater awareness of and engagement in global issues by combining academic learning with real-world international and multicultural experiences.

Thayer Academy Middle School

Middle School

Thayer Academy Upper School

Upper School

"Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears..."

Visit Thayer in the winter and you'll hear Middle School students practicing reading speeches, pieces of literature or poems in preparation for Declamation—a school-wide series of auditions to discover twelve excellent declaimers (or great public speakers), 3 to 5 from each grade, to perform before the whole school.

Learning Resources

Students in the Benelli Writing Center

The Benelli Writing Center

The Hale Learning Center

The Hale Learning Center

Students at a table in the Hanflig Technology Center

The Hanflig Technology Center

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