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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 9 buildings and 57 classrooms
Total Enrollment
An enrollment of 688 for the 2013-2014 academic year (211 Middle School, 477 Upper School), with students coming from 57 surrounding towns and cities.
♦ 108 academic faculty members
♦ 70%
 have master's degrees or beyond
♦ 18
teachers have taught at Thayer for more than 25 years
Student to faculty ratio = 6:1
Average Class Size
13 - 16 students



$38,600 (for academic year 2013-2014)
Financial Aid
36% of students receive financial aid
Financial Aid Awarded
$6.5 million



Print Resources in Library
15,000 volumes and 58 periodical subscriptions
Computer Network
♦ TigerNet - a high-quality 1G network infrastructure and a wireless for network access from anywhere on campus; a campus-wide inter-network featuring access to file storage, the Internet, and electronic mail

♦ TigerNet Remote - connects students to TigerNet features from home computers

Computers and Labs
345 computers for use by students
♦ 9
computer labs supporting subject-specific teaching
♦ 2
DiLL labs in the foreign language dept. (1 in the Upper School, 1 in the Middle School)
♦ 3 Laptop labs in the Upper School science dept.
♦ 3 iPad classrooms in the Middle School
♦ 1 fiber backbone video editing lab for video arts
♦ 1 State-of-the-art graphic design/digital photo lab in the visual arts dept.
♦ 3 Upper School computer labs for general use and 1 in the Middle School
All 54 classrooms have Internet access
2:1 student to computer ratio
iPads - As of September 2013, all students and faculty members will be issued iPads.
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
13 AP courses are offered to juniors and seniors, including: Calculus (AB and BC), Biology, Chemistry, Physics C, Environmental Science, English Language, English Literature, Computer Science (A), U.S. History, French Language, Spanish Language, and Latin-Virgil
Regular Courses
A total of 135 courses are offered as well as 79 electives. Additionally, there are 30 extra-curricular activities offered (in addition to sports).
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 Language
4 languages offered: French, Spanish, Latin, and Chinese
Latin is a required course for all 6th graders.

Academic Profile

SAT Reasoning Test
Averages last year...
Middle 50% ranges

Critical Reading 530 - 660
Math 560 - 660
Writing 550 - 670
SAT II Subject Test
AH 639 BY-M 639 LR 635 MIC 617 FR 611 M2C 676 BY-E 622 SP 579 CH 656
AP Participation
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 13 of the 15 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 Associations (NESPA). The judging panel is headed by Boston University emeritus College of Communications Professor Norman Moyes. This is the 8th time in the 10 years of its existence that Voice has been honored as an All-New England winner. Voice staff is composed each year of 18 seniors and 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
12 Teams
For boys – baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling
For girls – basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball
Interscholastic Teams - Upper School
26 varsity sports
For boys – baseball, basketball, cross country*, football, golf*, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing (downhill)*, soccer, swimming*, tennis*, track*, wrestling
For girls – basketball, cross country*, field hockey, golf*, gymnastics*, ice hockey*, lacrosse, skiing (downhill)*, swimming*, soccer, softball, tennis*, track*)

*Middle-schoolers can try out for teams marked with an asterisk.
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

To read about our Learning-Through-Travel opportunities for Upper School students, click here.
Mathletes Thayer's Mathletes – the 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.
Facility Improvements
Over the last 6 years, Thayer has invested more than $30M in physical plant upgrades, consisting of in excess of 35,000 square feet of space to better serve academic and athletic programs.

Accreditation & Membership

Cum Laude Society
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB)
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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