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.

Core Values

  • Excellence
    We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.
  • Commitment
    We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.
  • Cooperation
    We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.
  • Caring
    We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.
  • Diversity
    We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.

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.