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Type of School
Independent, college-preparatory day school for boys and girls in grades 6 - 12

Founded in 1877 by the bequest of General Sylvanus Thayer, “Father of the U.S. Military Academy” at West Point, and founder of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College
Located in residential Braintree, Massachusetts, 13 miles south of Boston
A 34-acre campus comprised of 8 buildings, 54 classrooms, 2 libraries, 2 theaters, 9 science labs, 1 observatory, 4 general-purpose computer labs, 2 language labs (DiLL), 3 gyms, and 10 athletic fields
Total EnrollmentThe number of students enrolled varies each year, but is generally in the range of 690 total (210 Middle School, 480 Upper School), with students coming from 57 different towns and cities.
Faculty ♦ 110 academic faculty members
♦ 67% have master's degrees or beyond
Student to faculty ratio = 6:1
Average Class Size
13.6 students
Facility Improvements
Over the last 7 years, Thayer has invested more than $40M in physical plant upgrades, yielding more than 35,000 square feet of space to better serve academic and athletic programs.
Accessible to the T (Red Line)
Shuttle Service to and from the Braintree T station
Easily accessible from Routes 3, 93, 95, and 128


$42,000 (for academic year 2015-2016)
Financial Aid
Thayer Academy's financial aid program awards over $7.0 million each year to 35% of our student body.
 Annual Giving
Thayer's Annual Fund raises over $1.5 million.
Thayer Academy's endowment is over $45 million.


Advisor System
Every year, each Thayer student benefits from a close relationship with a faculty advisor. At the Upper School, advisors meet with their advisees (small groups of 6 - 8 students) once a day, and at the Middle School they meet twice a day. Advisors help students with academic planning, social integration, and participation in sports, arts, clubs, activities, and community service. Advisors also communicate regularly with parents.
Print Resources in Library
18,000 volumes, 58 periodical subscriptions, 50 database subscriptions, 1200 e-books
Computer Network
♦ TigerCloud - a high-quality 1G network infrastructure and wireless network access from anywhere on campus; a campus-wide inter-network featuring Anytime/anywhere access to file storage, the Internet, and electronic mail
♦ TigerCloud Remote - connects students to TigerCloud features remotely. 
♦ 5 Full-time and 2 part-time technology professionals
♦ 18
Tech Fellows supporting faculty and students
Campus-wide wireless Internet access
Hanflig Technology Center supporting faculty and students
Laptop Program - Laptops for each student (with global filtering service)
Science labs, including Collaborative Design Lab & Robotics
Computer science labs
2 Digital foreign language lab
 1 General-purpose computer labs
♦ 1 Video arts fiber backbone-to-server editing lab
♦ 1 Graphic design/digital photo lab
1:1 student to computer ratio
Audio-visual presentation systems in every classroom
TigerCloud access to network files anywhere, anytime
Total hardware #'s: 300 desktops,840 laptops, 75 iPads and 38 servers across campus 
Middle School Departments
Arts, English, History, Math, Science, Foreign Languages, Health, Technology, Athletics
Upper School Departments
Arts, English, History, Math, Science, World Languages, Computer Science, Technology, Health & Wellness, Athletics
All courses are college preparatory. Most courses are offered at two levels, some at three levels, including Honors and Advanced Placement. For seniors, there are 79 electives in English, history, sciences, and the arts.
Advanced Placement Courses
15 AP courses are offered to juniors and seniors, including: Biology; Calculus (AB and BC); Chemistry; Computer Science (A); English Language; English Literature; Environmental Science; French Language; Latin-Virgil; Micro-Economics; Physics C; U.S. History; Spanish Language; Statistics
Regular Courses
A total of 126 courses are offered as well as 85 electives. 
Graduation Requirements
17 academic credits plus Health & Wellness
Minimum Requirements:
years, English
3 years, Science

years, Math  
years, History (including 1 yr of U.S., and 1 yr of modern European history)  
years, Foreign Language   
credit, Arts (art, music, drama)
terms, Health & Wellness
Senior Project (a 4-week community service or career-oriented project in May of senior year)
Foreign Languages
4 languages offered: French, Spanish, Latin, and Chinese
Latin is a required course for all 6th graders.
Academic Teams
Traveling Mathletes, Model UN, Mock Trial, Physics/Robotics Team, Debate Team

Academic Profile

SAT (Reasoning)
Averages last year...
Middle 50% ranges

Critical Reading 540 - 660
Math 560 - 660
Writing 540 - 700
SAT II (Subject-Specific)
AH 639 BY-M 639 LR 635 MIC 617 FR 611 M2C 676 BY-E 622 SP 579 CH 656
AP Stats
Last year...
exams taken
206 scored 3 or better (88%)
AP Honors
Last year... 44 AP Scholars including...
 National AP Scholar 
Scholars with Distinction
9 Scholars with Honor
AP Scholars
National Merit Scholars
Last year...
Commended Students
100% of our students matriculate to a 4-year college or university.
Arts are an essential part of the daily curriculum in a balanced education. All students in grades 6–9 are required each trimester to take art, theater, and music classes. In grades 9–12, over 90% of our students participate in 18 different visual, theater, music, and dance electives all scheduled during the school day. Students have opportunities to showcase their work, including concerts, theater productions, art exhibits, and portfolios to submit for admission to art colleges.
Students may also elect to schedule private instrumental or voice lessons during the regular school day.
Voice Magazine
Voice is Thayer's student-produced magazine. For 14 of the 16 years since its founding, Voice has been selected the single best high school magazine in New England – the winner of the All-New England Award presented by the New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA). The judging panel is headed by Boston University emeritus College of Communications Professor Norman Moyes. Eacy year, the staff for Voice consists of 18 seniors, advised by 2 faculty members.


100% of our students participate in more than one extra-curricular activity unrelated to sports – such as clubs and student government.
Community Service
Every student participates in school-wide community service activities. Through the Director of Community Service, a myriad of community outreach programs exist for individual and small-group participation off campus, incuding: the Holiday Toy Project, Special Olympics, Braintree Food Pantry, City Year, Coats for Kids, UNICEF, and Habitat for Humanity.
Interscholastic Teams - Middle School
41 Teams
For boys – baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling
For girls – basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball
Interscholastic Teams - Upper School
49 Teams
29 Varsity Sports
For boys – baseball; basketball; crew; cross country*; football; golf*; ice hockey; lacrosse; skiing (downhill)*; soccer; swimming*; tennis*; track*; wrestling
For girls – basketball; crew; cross country*; field hockey; golf*; gymnastics*; ice hockey*; lacrosse; skiing (downhill)*; swimming*; soccer; softball; tennis*; track & field*; volleyball

*Middle-schoolers can try out for teams marked with an asterisk.
Athletic Championships
81 ISL Championships
64 New England Championships
Learning- Through-Travel Programs
4 Sister-School Exchange Programs – France, England, China, India
6 Study-Abroad Programs
1 Artists-in-Residence Program – Italy
1 Community Service Program – Peru
1 Homestay – Spain
1 Cultural Immersion – Canada
1 Program featuring the Classics – Italy/Greece
Upper School Learning-Through-Travel opportunities - read more »
Thayer Academy MathletesThis competitive mathematics team competes in the Southeastern Mathematics League. Out of about 32 teams, Thayer consistently earns a medal position at the play-offs, allowing the Mathletes to represent the league at the State and New England level competitions.
Clubs, Activities & Organizations
34 Upper School clubs, activities, and organizations including 5 academic teams: Mathletes, Mock Trial, Model UN, Science Club, Debate Team
 28 Middle School activities

Accreditation & Membership

Cum Laude Society Chapter (chartered in 1930)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
Independent School League (ISL)
Secondary School Admissions Test Board (SSATB)
Independent School League Council
Education Records Bureau (ERB)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
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