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Applying to Thayer

Completing a Preliminary Application

Visiting Campus & Scheduling an Interview

Individual interviews and campus tours are available from September 29 to February 1. If you are interested, please call the Admission Office at 781.664.2221 or send an email to Admissions Associate Liz Bruno (lbruno@thayer.org).

In October and November, Thayer hosts Open House events – one each for the Middle and Upper Schools. Prospective students and their families can tour the campus, hear from faculty and students, and pick up materials. Tours leave every 20 minutes with the last tour departing at about 11:30 a.m.

In addition, Thayer hosts several coffees for both the Middle and Upper Schools during the admissions season. These events are geared toward parents and are held during the week from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

All Key Admissions Dates are listed here»

Testing - SSAT & ISEE Dates & Registration

SSAT & ISEE Testing

Numerous test dates and locations are available for both tests, and Thayer's campus is a test center for many of these dates, as indicated below. All test information and registration materials are included in the Student Guides to Testing which are sent with our admission information packet.

2015-2016 Test Dates

ISEE Testing at Thayer
Candidates for grades 6 – 8 take
the Independent School Entrance Exam.
Register at www.iseetest.org

Thayer Academy School Code # 220425

Sat, Dec 5, 2015

Sat, Jan 23, 2016

Sat, Feb 6, 2016

SSAT Testing at Thayer
Candidates for grades 9 – 11 take
the Secondary School Admission Test.
Register at www.ssat.org

Thayer Academy School Code #7654

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
Sat, Dec 12, 2015
Sat, Jan 9, 2016

Notes for a successful testing experience:

  • Arrive at 8:30.
  • All tests begin at 9:00.  
  • Bring pencils, registration ticket, I.D., snack, and water.
    Accceptable forms of ID are: birth certificate, social security card, school report card, school I.D., passport, driver's license, green card

Completing the Full Application

You will need 3-4 recommendations to complete the application, so you should ask for reference letters from:
1. Your current math teacher
2. Your current English teacher

Also ask for:
3. A school evaluation from a current placement director, guidance counselor, or principal
4. A personal reference from someone you know who is not related to you (Optional)

After the first marking period, ask an administrator at your current school to send a transcript of academic work and testing to Thayer's Admissions Office (745 Washington Street, Braintree MA 02184).

All of these documents should be submitted by the application deadline: February 1 along with your application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants).

Download a printable copy of the Thayer Academy Admissions Application here»

You may also apply online as of October 15, 2015. At that time, you'll be able to fill out the application here»

Admissions Forms

Admissions Forms

Request for Admissions Information (to be completed online)

Pre-Application (to be completed online)

Download a printable copy of the Thayer Academy Admissions Application here»

You may also apply online as of October 15, 2015. At that time, you'll be able to fill out the application here»)


Admissions Checklist

Application Checklist

1 Interview & Campus Tour

You can visit Thayer for a campus tour and interview while you are here. Individual interviews and campus tours are available from September 29 - February 1. Please call the Admissions Office at 781.664.2221 for specific times and dates.

2 Application

Submit the pre-application form and one-time $50 fee (no later than February 1).

Our application form can be downloaded and completed by hand or, after October 15, 2015, an online application will be available to complete here»

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Liz Bruno (781.664.2220 or lbruno@thayer.org).

3 Recommendations

You will need three or four recommendations to complete the application, so you should ask for reference letters from:
1. Your current math teacher
2. Your current English teacher

Also ask for
3. A school evaluation from a current Placement Director, Guidance Counselor, or Principal
4. A personal reference from someone you know who is not related to you (Optional)

All of these documents should be submitted by the application deadline: February 1.

4 Transcript

After the first marking period, ask an administrator at your current school to send a transcript of academic work and testing to:

Thayer Academy Admissions Office
745 Washington Street
Braintree MA 02184

5 Admissions Test

• Candidates for grades 6 – 8 take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) (www.iseetest.org)

• Candidates for grades 9 – 11 take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) (www.ssat.org)

You can register for both the ISEE and SSAT tests online. Numerous test dates and locations are available for both tests. For your convenience, Thayer's campus is a test center for many of these dates. All test information and registration materials are included in the Student Guides to Testing which are sent with our admission packet.

Frequently-Asked Admission Questions

Frequently-Asked Admissions Questions

Admissions FAQs»

Key Admissions Dates

  • Financial Aid Applications Due → January 8, 2016
  • Admissions Applications Due → February 1, 2016
  • Admissions Decisions Issued → March 10, 2016
  • New Student Enrollment Agreement Due → April 11, 2016

Re-Visit Programs for Accepted Students & Parents

  • Middle School → April 2, 2016
  • Upper School  → April 5, 2016
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