International Applicants

Thayer Academy is a co-ed day school for grades 5-12. Most of our students live within a 30- or 40-minute distance from our Braintree campus. Thayer admits students for fall matriculation only; students are not admitted at mid-year or in the spring. Thayer is a day school with no boarding facilities, and our preference is for international students to live with their parent(s) in the local area. If that is not possible, after a student has been accepted, Thayer’s Admissions staff will discuss helping the student find homestay arrangements.

The international program at Thayer Academy is vibrant and highly selective and provides a small group of international students with a unique cultural and educational experience in the Boston area.

The International Admissions Process, Step-By-Step

Here is a list of steps international students must complete when applying to Thayer Academy:
  1. Contact Vericant and schedule an interview:
  2. Vericant interviews must be completed by January 15, 2019.
  3. Approximately two weeks after receiving the Vericant interview materials, Thayer's admissions staff will contact applicants with a preliminary decision. Students who have been selected for a second interview can choose to interview via Skype or on the Thayer campus.
  4. The full application is due by February 1, 2019.
Documents required with your application:
  1. Student section and essay
  2. Parent section
  3. English evaluation (by a teacher)
  4. Math evaluation (by a teacher)
  5. School evaluation (including current grades and previous transcripts)
  6. Test scores (SSAT and TOEFL, both required)
  7. Completion of both the Vericant and Thayer interviews
  8. Special interest evaluation (optional)

English Language and Testing Requirements

  • A strong command of English in speaking, reading, and writing is a prerequisite for all international students. Thayer's curriculum is challenging and fast paced; our subject areas require complex use of the English language, and we seek students who have strong scores on the SSAT and TOEFL exams, indicating a high degree of proficiency in English. Thayer does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
  • All international students applying to the Upper School must take the SSAT and TOEFL exams. All international students applying to the Middle School must take the SSAT/ISEE and TOEFL Jr. exams.

Preliminary Financial Notes

  • The application fee for international students is $100.
  • International students are not eligible for financial aid.

Immigration and Visa Information

International students will need an F-1 Visa. Thayer Academy will provide an I-20 Form only for students who have been admitted and enrolled at the school. Thayer also requires international families to provide financial information before an I-20 can be administered.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Welch, Director of International Student Enrollment, ( or 781.664.2221) for more information.

FAQs: Questions Frequently Asked by International Students

When is the Vericant deadline for Thayer Academy?

January 15, 2019. After this date, students may still complete a Vericant interview, and Thayer will review candidates if placement becomes available.

I am already studying in the U.S. this year. Do I still have to interview with Vericant?

Students who are currently studying full-time in the U.S. are not required to complete a Vericant interview, but they are required to interview - either in person or via Skype interview.

I work with an agency/consultant in China. Do I need to interview with Vericant?

Yes, we require all applicants to complete the Vericant interview, regardless of their affiliation with an agency or consultant.

I plan to visit Thayer. Do I need to interview with Vericant?

Yes, please contact Vericant and complete an interview with them first. If you are selected for a second-round interview, a Thayer admissions associate will contact you to outline potential next steps in the application process. At that time, you can schedule an interview at Thayer.

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

Yes, an interview is required. Your application is only complete if you have been interviewed, either in person on our campus or via Skype. Students applying from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taipei, and South Korea must schedule an interview with Vericant first. You can find more information about Vericant above.

After I have completed the Vericant interview, when should I expect a response from Thayer?

Approximately two to three weeks after Thayer has received the Vericant interview materials, a Thayer admissions associate will contact you.

How many international students are currently enrolled at Thayer?

A total of twenty-three (23) international students are enrolled at Thayer this year from China, Hong Kong, Canada and Spain. 

How many international students does Thayer typically enroll each year?

The international program at Thayer Academy is highly selective and enrolls only a small number of international students each year.

Applicants from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul

Thayer Academy has a partnership with Vericant, an organization based in China that assists schools with a preliminary round of interviews. Candidates are required to schedule a preliminary interview with a representative from Vericant before scheduling an interview at Thayer Academy.

The Vericant interview consists of an in-person interview and a proctored writing sample. Vericant sends the filmed interview to Thayer Academy for the Admissions Office to review. After reviews, the Admissions Office will contact all students directly (within two weeks of receiving) informing them if they have been selected to move forward with the application process.

Please note that the Vericant interview is a required step for all Chinese students currently living and studying in China.

The deadline for the Admissions Office to receive the Vericant submission is January 15, 2019. We would encourage you to complete this interview as early as possible, as submitted interviews will be reviewed as they are received prior to January 15, 2019. After that date, submissions will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

International student and his family at the International Tea

Contact Jenn Welch, Director of International Student Enrollment



Jennifer Welch

Jennifer Welch

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Director of International Enrollment