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.

Learning Principles

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.