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General

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

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
Location
Located in residential Braintree, Massachusetts, 13 miles south of Boston
Facilities
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 Enrollment The 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  ♦ 107 academic faculty members
♦ 65% 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.
Transportation
Accessible to the T (Red Line)
Shuttle Service to and from the Braintree T station
Easily accessible from Routes 3, 93, 95, and 128

 Financial

Tuition
$39,950 (for academic year 2014-2015)
Financial Aid
Thayer Academy's financial aid program awards over $6 million each year to 35% of our student body.
 Annual Giving
Thayer's Annual Fund raises over $1.5 million.
Endowment
Thayer Academy's endowment is over $45 million.

Academic

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
15,000 volumes, 58 periodical subscriptions, 50 database subscriptions, 1200 e-books
Computer Network
♦ TigerNet - 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
♦ TigerNet Remote - connects students to TigerNet features from home computers
Academic Technology

♦ 5 full-time information technology professionals
235
Mac desktop computers, 71 PC desktops, 131 Mac laptops, 9 PC laptops 
Campus-wide wireless Internet access
1:1
iPad Program - iPads for each student and faculty member (with global filtering service)
4
general-purpose computer labs
2 DiLL labs for foreign language study (1 Upper School lab, 1 Middle School lab)

Audio-visual presentation systems in every classroom
♦ 1 fiber backbone video editing lab for video arts
♦ 1 State-of-the-art graphic design/digital photo lab in the visual arts department
2:1 student to computer ratio

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
Curriculum
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  
3 
years, History (including 1 yr of U.S., and 1 yr of modern European history)  
3
years, Foreign Language   
1 
credit, Arts (art, music, drama)
9
terms, Health & Wellness
1
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 530 - 660
Math 560 - 660
Writing 550 - 670
SAT II (Subject-Specific)
Averages
AH 639 BY-M 639 LR 635 MIC 617 FR 611 M2C 676 BY-E 622 SP 579 CH 656
AP Stats
Last year...
234
exams taken
206 scored 3 or better (88%)
AP Honors
Last year... 44 AP Scholars including...
1
 National AP Scholar 
11 
Scholars with Distinction
9 Scholars with Honor
23
AP Scholars
National Merit Scholars
Last year...
11
Commended Students
2
Semi-finalists
Matriculation
100% of our students matriculate to a 4-year college or university.
Arts
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.

Extra-Curricular

Participation
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
80 ISL Championships
62 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 Mathletes This 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)
Steppingstone
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
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