Students walk across Thayer Academy's campus

Student Life at Thayer

A common refrain from Thayer alumni and current students alike is that our community is what sets us apart. There is a vibrant, affirming culture here, enriching the experiences at both the Middle and Upper Schools. Moreover, because of the intentionally scheduled school day, students are able to enjoy multiple areas of interest without being forced to choose one or the other. As a result, varsity athletes sing on stage during the fall musical; robotics aficionados craft bowls on a pottery wheel; and students with different interests and from different communities and backgrounds seamlessly join together.


Students work on a poster for a Middle School club

Clubs & Activities

Students and faculty in Peru

Travel Programs

Students play games during Spree Day

Thayer Traditions


In terms of student life at Thayer, there is a culture of trying new things, discovering talents and passions, and achieving personal bests. In this section, discover some of the areas where you can learn, or develop, or pick up an interest with one of the many clubs and extracurricular activities offered. Or literally discover the world outside your door with the many Learning Through Travel opportunities in several continents around the globe. Or revel in the unparalleled zany fun of Winter Wars in February - one of a number of Thayer traditions - some wacky, some hallowed, some poignant - all of them, indelible memories. 

A Day in the Life of a Thayer Middle School Student

Stefanie McGrath


by Stefanie McGrath '20

Thayer is a diverse community with all sorts of amazing people striving to make you better in every way. Your morning starts off from home at an early 6 a.m. You get ready and hop in the car to arrive at school before 8 a.m.. When you arrive, the Middle School Director is standing at the door ready to greet you -- rain, shine, sleet, or snow. You walk in the door and get a slight smile on your face as you walk through the beautiful courtyard to your locker. You grab your stuff and head up to Thompson Hall, ready to begin your day...


A Day in the Life of a Thayer Upper School Student

Marisa Goolgasian

by Marisa Goolgasian ‘17

My day starts when my first alarm goes off. I roll around for a while before finally dragging myself away from the warmth of my bed. My friend’s black Jeep cruises into my driveway around 6:50 and we get off the highway at the Union Street/Braintree exit by 7:20. Most of my friends aren’t even out of bed by the time I get to school, so I usually make the journey from the CFA parking lot to the Student Commons by myself. Since I’m usually still half asleep at this point, I often get some tea or coffee from the Dining Hall where I’m always greeted with a cheery “Good Morning!”...