Thayer Academy was founded in 1877 in accordance with the will of General Sylvanus Thayer, a native of Braintree, the “Father of West Point,” and now honored in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans as the “Father of Technological Education in the United States.”
Thayer Academy proudly offers a program evenly balanced in academics, arts, and athletics, featuring a curriculum designed to form one continuous system of college preparation from grades 6 through 12. Students at both the Middle and Upper Schools can depend on small classes, a strong advisory system, experienced teachers, and a built-in support system that ensures academic success.
Middle School teachers emphasize the development of sound study skills and organizational techniques to equip students with a foundation for achievement at the Upper School. There are at least three elements of the Middle School program that are considered unique to Thayer: 1) the overall sixth-grade program, 2) the Latin requirement for sixth grade students, and 3) the public-speaking component that is threaded through grades six, seven, and eight.
Thayer’s Upper School course of studies features Honors and Advanced Placement selections in every subject area. Students take classes in the five major disciplines each term, and choose from an array of electives. Thayer offers classes at two academic levels: Honors/Advanced Placement and College Preparatory. Slightly more than 90% of Thayer students take arts electives during all four years at the Upper School. Eighteen electives are available in studio art, music, and theater. Although Thayer does not have a community service graduation requirement, most students take part in the school’s vibrant service program.
Thayer has a long-standing tradition of excellence in inter-scholastic athletics, and all students, from grade six through twelve, can choose to participate. Nearly all Thayer students play at least one sport, and many are two- or three-season athletes. Athletes are encouraged to reach their potential in physical fitness, skill development, and teamwork. At every level, coaches emphasize sportsmanship, discipline, and leadership. Each year, about one third of Thayer graduates plans to compete in college sports.
Thayer’s faculty takes advantage of the Academy’s ever-evolving bank of technology tools, weaving more and more uses for it into their lessons and assignments. Each student is issued an iPad at the start of the academic year, and Thayer’s campus-wide wireless system provides Internet access and ensures smooth communication among students, teachers and parents. In addition, with 13 computer labs, 2 foreign language labs, 345 computers, plus Internet access in all classrooms, Thayer’s curriculum is consistently positioned on the leading edge.