The mission of Thayer Academy is to inspire a diverse community of students to moral, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical excellence so that each may rise to honorable achievement and contribute to the common good.
Thayer Academy was founded in 1877 by Sylvanus Thayer, the father of West Point. The Academy is situated on 25 acres and in eight buildings in Braintree Massachusetts, 13 miles south of Boston. Thayer is a college preparatory day school for boys and girls in grades 6 through 12. The Academy has 650 students, and there are 84 full-time faculty members, 60% of whom have advanced degrees. Class sizes typically range from 13-16
students. Tuition is 22,500, and almost 30% of our students receive some level of financial assistance.
Thayer provides a rigorous and challenging college preparatory education that attracts students from diverse social, ethnic, economic, and academic backgrounds. The Academy seeks to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences to realize their potential in college and beyond. At Thayer we believe that students will find academic success when given opportunities for individual achievement and self-expression. The
Thayer curriculum strives to instill fundamental knowledge and study skills while stimulating intellectual curiosity and growth. Furthermore, the curriculum and Thayer environment combine to encourage students to understand and appreciate different cultures, develop critical thinking skills, enhance creativity, promote physical and emotional well-being, and
foster a concern for others.
Salaries are competitive with independent schools in our area, and the school is generous in its allocation of funds to support professional development. The Academy provides a significant measure of coverage for individual and family medical and dental coverage and contributes 10% to a TIAA-CREF annuity if a teacher has already been participating in that program.