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Upper School Director's Welcome

Welcome to Thayer Academy’s Upper School web page!

In the Upper School, we inspire our students to pursue excellence in a number of areas: character, academics, arts, and athletics. We offer a wide variety of courses and activities in an environment where teachers, coaches, advisors, and staff members hold themselves to high standards and where every student can rise to honorable achievement and contribute to the common good.

We have a strong community in which responsibility, integrity, and mutual respect are held in the highest regard. Our Honor Code aims to develop and maintain a safe, trusting, and friendly place for students to learn and to grow as young people and as Thayer Academy community members. Our advising system allows us to keep a close and supportive eye on our students, as they grow more and more independent throughout high school.

Students learn in a challenging academic environment, and there are honors and AP courses in most disciplines. All of our courses demand that students develop skills in creative problem solving, critical analysis, and independent thinking. These are the skills that enable our students to succeed in college and in life. Take a look at our course offerings and you will find a wide variety of interesting courses in every department.

Our students participate in dozens of activities each year – physical education and sports, arts and music, clubs, and community service – that develop and nourish interests outside of their academic classes. All students have the opportunity to find something that interests them and allows them to develop passions outside of the classroom.  

There's a great deal to explore on our website, but my real hope is that you get to visit Thayer in person. If you do, you will certainly be as impressed with our community as I was when I first visited!

Go Tigers!

R. Highley Thompson
Upper School Director


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