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Thayer Academy

Private | 6-12 | 692 students


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Posted May 15, 2014

Thayer does have some wonderful teachers but the administration is severely lacking. Bullying is rampant at this school and no one takes the complaints seriously. The athletic program is very poorly run and they don't take girls sports seriously. If your daughter is an athlete I suggest you go elsewhere. Tremendous turnover with the girls coaches in almost every sport.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2012

Excellent in all aspects included teaching staff, student to teacher ratio. Campus is close to public transportation, recently completed student common, new performing art building. Great sports program with very well staffed gym and state of the art gym. Many extra activities for students to join to help community and work with others. Well rounded student population with good sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 15, 2011

AS A FORMER STUDENT AND PARENT I CONSIDER THE THAYER EXPERIENCE TO BE VERY SPECIAL. The academics address all ability levels. New emphasis has been placed on the ARTS PROGRAM. The hard sciences and HUMANITIES COURSES HAVE BEEN WATERED DOWN IN RECENT YEARS AS THE administration has become increasingly acommodating to weaker learners. Once a powwerhouse in male athletics such as football and ice hockey it is now far weaker with fewer standouts applying. Female sports such as lacrosse and field hockey have become very strong with many grads getting scholarships to D-I programs. Pristine campus is a gem!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 9, 2011

I credit Thayer Academy and its inspiring teachers for my success in college. I would not be nearly as confident, independent, or intellectually intrigued if it weren't for the four years that I spent at Thayer. Teachers encourage participation in class and the students want to learn--it's "cool" to be smart and creative.

Posted May 7, 2010

For the sake of all students of color, please don't send you child to this institution. Students are made to feel inferior as well as an outcast in this environment
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2009

Thayer Academy is the best school out there. Definitely send your kids here. The teachers are fabulous and it is a ton of fun for all the kids. Thayer rules.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 9, 2007

Thayer Academy Middle School is great!. The teachers really get to know the students well since classes are small. The curriculum is challenging but but not unreasonable. It is a very welcoming and secure environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2006

Sending our daughter to Thayer Academy was the best decision and investment we have ever made. She is a junior and entered as a freshman. She has thrived and accomplished beyond our expectations. She is very involved in the drama and music programs. These have enabled her to build her confidence and self esteem. The faculty at Thayer is incredible. We are of upper middle income and our daughter has felt very comfortable amoung the 'upper class'. At no time has anybody made her feel beneath them. She has been embraced by her peers. Not to mention meeting wonderful friends and families. It has been a wonderful life experience for her and has opened many doors for her that, I feel, public schools could not have.
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Posted December 6, 2005

Hello parents searching for a school, I am a recent graduate of Thayer and can assure you it is a safe decision for your child. I currently attend a small-ivy league school and play hockey. I played three sports and participated in many clubs at Thayer. Thayer is a high school, and like any high school there are cool kids and nerds, however, my experience was that most everyone thrived. When time comes for me to send my children to school. My alma mater will be at the top of the list.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 24, 2005

As a parent of a seventh grader attending Thayer Academy, I highly recommend this school. The academic standards are high; however, your child learns that a challenge is great. Sports are a huge part of the environment. There are so many sports to choose from for each season. Drama is also one of the biggest activities flourishing in this schools environment. There are so many talented children and parents are always informed about their constant academic and exracurricular progress.
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Posted December 3, 2004

I believe that either your child goes to private school or puplic school it does not matter. thayer academy i say is an amzing school but any school that your child goes to is great if they are having a fun time and they are learning something. thayer is a very expensive school i have to admit but to who can afford it good. but what im trying to say is that wherever you go it can be good, whether you go to private or public. but my child was sitting in her room crying because her friend was going to thayer and she would miss her, but her friend said to her that prepatory schools are looked at first instead of public. she was an all a student in the talented and gifted program. overall thayer is an okay school but you dont have to spend big bucks to getagoodeducation.
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Posted August 27, 2003

Without a doubt the best school on the South Shore of Boston. 99% of graduates continue to four year colleges with most being accepted to the best colleges/universities in the country including many who attend Ivy League schools. As an alumnus of Thayer Academy, I can personally vouch for the fact that I was leagues ahead of my classmates both in studies and personal development in a very academically challenging college, owed entirely to my time spent at Thayer.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 67%
Black 5% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hispanic 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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745 Washington Street
Braintree, MA 02184
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