At Thacher, we believe the best learning happens when:
Students are known, supported, stretched, and challenged.
Small class sizes, students who live and learn alongside their classmates, teachers, and advisors, and a curriculum where every student is seen and heard enhance learning, create opportunities for strong and authentic connections, and enable students to encounter diverse perspectives through exposure to different authors, voices, and points of view, ensuring that every student is able to reach their fullest potential.
Learning is applied and authentic.
From student-designed xBlock electives and senior exhibitions, the academic program at Thacher is rooted in the principle that high-impact learning happens at the intersection of student-centered instruction, critical thinking, and reflection. By engaging students in real, practical challenges facing our world—and offering them just the right level of support, we inspire kids to accomplish goals and master challenging material that initially felt beyond reach.
Spaces and places are built for adventurous minds.
Set on an expansive and inspiring campus landscape with proximity to the California coast, Thacher’s academic facilities—both traditional classrooms and innovative maker spaces, including the School’s professional grade woodshop—are designed for and equipped with tools, both literal and figurative, that inspire creativity, collaboration, and hands-on engagement with the material, whether that be chemical compounds, classical literature, or charcoals.
Students find purpose and joy in their learning.
Like everything at Thacher, learning is an adventure. We believe that’s why, in a recent survey by Challenge Success, Thacher students report very high levels of affective engagement (meaning that they find both meaning/purpose and joy in their schoolwork). This is a notably high score for affective engagement, which is often a stumbling block for many schools, but one which we attribute to our commitment to collaboration, community, and fun.