Thetford Academy is an independent school with a public purpose. Our mission is to celebrate the unique worth of all students, to nurture their strengths, and to challenge them to fulfill their potential.
We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.
We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.
We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.
We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.
We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.
Thetford Academy’s Learning Principles serve as both a foundation and a guide as we strive to provide every student with an individualized, high-quality education. At TA, we believe that education should be:
- Active and Engaging
People learn by doing. Students need to engage in direct experience, including practice, application, creation, and invention.
- Reflective and Thoughtful
People learn by thinking about experience. Students need to reflect, evaluate, and integrate new learning.
- Varied and Adaptive
People learn in diverse ways. Students need multiple approaches that explore and respect varied learning styles.
- Safe and Supportive
People learn by taking risks in a secure environments. Students need physical and emotional safety, along with encouragement to question and experiment.
- Structured and Coherent
People learn by constructing meaning and seeing patterns. Students need clear expectations, purposeful organization, and valid assessment of their work.
- Motivating and Inspiring
People learn by interacting with expert mentors and inspiring models. Students need relationships with adults-both professional teachers and community mentors-who know their subjects and who love their vocations.