Thayer Academy

Grades: 5 - 12
Type: Day
Gender: Coed


Thayer Academy is a co-ed day school in Braintree for grades 5–12, founded in 1877. Thayer students thrive in an environment distinguished by rigorous academics, a supportive culture, and a vibrant community. Students are challenged in small, dynamic learning environments designed to foster intellectual and personal growth. With a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio and an average class size of 14, students and teachers work in an atmosphere of true academic collaboration.

Tradition and innovation intersect at Thayer—making it an exciting place to learn and grow. During the school day, students have classes in the Collaborative Design Labs where they work on project-based assignments. Students also participate in outdoor education, visual arts, computer science, and robotics. Numerous students participate in Thayer’s musicals, plays, bands, chorus, and dance performances. Because of how students' days are scheduled, they don’t need to choose at Thayer—they can be performers, artists, athletes, and curious and engaged students.

Easily accessible from public transportation and bus routes from Boston, Metrowest, and the South Shore, Thayer draws students from 76 communities. Visit thayer.org to arrange a tour of Thayer’s historic campus.

Teaching Philosophy

The Thayer curriculum strives to instill fundamental knowledge and study skills while stimulating intellectual curiosity and personal growth. The Academy seeks to equip students with the skill, 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.

Mission Statement

Thayer Academy's mission 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.