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International Students Applying to Thayer

Thayer Academy is a co-ed college preparatory day school for grades 6-12. Most of our students live within a 30-40 minute commute to our Braintree, Massachusetts campus. Thayer admits students for fall matriculation only; there is no mid-year or spring entrance. Thayer is a day school and has no boarding facilities. Our preference is for international students to live with their parent(s) in the local commuting area. If that is not possible, after acceptance, Thayer can discuss homestay arrangements. 

English Language & Testing Requirement

Strong English fluency in speaking, reading, and writing is a prerequisite for all International students, as Thayer does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. All International students must take the SSAT and TOEFL exams. Thayer's curriculum is challenging and fast-paced, and our subject areas require complex use of the English language. Therefore, we seek students who have strong scores on the SSAT and TOEFL exams, indicating a high degree of proficiency in English. International students are not eligible for financial aid.

Immigration & Visa Information

In order to obtain an F-1 Visa, Thayer Academy will only provide an I-20 Form for those students have been admitted and enrolled at the school. International families must also provide financial information before an I-20 can be administered.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Welch, Diversity Coordinator (jwelch@thayer.org / 781.664.2221) for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION Does Thayer Academy require an interview if I cannot visit the United States?

ANSWER Thayer will accept an on campus tour and interview, or a Skype interview. Students applying from China must schedule an interview with Vericant first. For more information, please click here»

QUESTION How many International students are currently enrolled in your school?

ANSWER A total of 7 – from China, Korea, Vietnam, and the U.K.

QUESTION How many International students do you plan to enroll for 2015-2016?

ANSWER Thayer Academy has a diverse student body, so there is no set number for any one demographic. Thayer plans to enroll approximately 5 (five) new International students for 2015-2016.


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