Each year, Thetford Academy’s International Student Program (ISP) enrolls 8-10 international students in our academic program. While studying at TA, ISP students live with local families in homestays, and have access to a wide range of academic, athletic, and social opportunities in our community and beyond.
Thetford is a historic New England town that looks out over the mountains of the Connecticut River Valley. Located 15 minutes north of Dartmouth College and Hanover, N.H., TA students have the best of both worlds: living in a small, tight-knit community–within easy driving distance to a vibrant Ivy League college town.
Our ISP program provides students with the opportunity to study English as a Second Language as part of their TA curriculum. Students enrolled at TA may also apply to take college-level classes at Dartmouth and apply those credits toward their graduation requirements. In the 2014-2015 school year, 18% of TA seniors took advantage of this opportunity.
Homestay families welcome ISP students into their homes and provide support to students throughout their stay in Vermont. Each student is treated as a family member, often building connections that last long after the homestay has ended. These strong relationships are important as students transition into TA, and also as they move on to their post-secondary endeavors.
Students enrolled in our international program have gone on to study at U.S. colleges such as:
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of San Francisco
- Boston University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Colorado at Boulder
For more information about Thetford Academy and our International Student Program, please contact Diana Garcia-Lavigne, ISP director and ELL faculty member.