"I had no idea I would be a chamber singer when I came to Thacher. "
"I know what kind of things interest me..what kind of work habits I want to have...what kind of lifestyle I want to lead...what kind of person I want to be. That has been the biggest gift for me—developing character."
"Together through riding, we became a more connected class."
"[Thacher] has given me the tools to keep building. I don’t think if I went to any other place it would be the same."
An Invitation to a High School Experience Like No Other
"Not long ago I was in your shoes...excited for the future in front of me but uncertain I was ready...And then, I took a leap.
"It’s really easy to come into Thacher, be swept up, and find your place."
The Unique Academic Program
"The reason these traditions are so powerful is that they represent the key to an education that’s about teaching students how to learn and how to think."
Journey Through the Horse Program
"When I came to Thacher I never imagined I'd be able to do these things on a horse."
Exploring, Expanding, Evolving
"Coming to Thacher it was an opportunity to explore new things, but I didn’t count on the fact that I really like the outdoors...I’m a ballerina turned climber."
Thacher Student Q & A
A panel of students answers questions about life at Thacher.
The Best We Can Do: A Thacher Story Told in Five Parts
"In ways that are not even obvious to me, Thacher has really impacted the way that I think about kids; the way I think about education, think about community." Rhea Wong CdeP 1997
The Stamp of the School
JJ from San Francisco, California
“Thacher does a really good job of making you work without you knowing it.”
Morgan from Lake Forest, Illinois
“I can be in four-person classes during the week, go camping on the weekends, be on two varsity sports teams, and live with freshmen… All things I never would have thought possible.”
Nan from Manchester, Massachusetts
“At Thacher you learn to have a balance between everything, and they offer all the things you can possibly want.”
Albert From Santa Ana, California
“You’re given a big responsibility, but at the same time, you’re given big freedoms…It’s just something completely different from a normal high school experience.”
Amanda from Burlington, New Jersey
“I’ve tried so many new things here; I’ve been in school plays, I’ve gone on kayaking trips, I’ve studied in Spain for a year. When I leave Thacher, I’m not going to be afraid to try anything new.”
Derek from Portland, Oregon
“You come to school and the first thing you do is go out in the wilderness…with the people you are going to spend the next four years with.”
Grace from Excelsior, Minnesota
“At home, you couldn’t do both the musical and the sport; you had to choose one or the other. At Thacher, you can do it all. And there are so many opportunities.”
Iona from San Francisco, California
“Obviously it was beautiful, but I don’t think it was until my second visit—which was really, really, fun—that I could actually see myself here. I never had been to a school like this and I had rarely even heard of a school like this.”