The lessons learned outside the classroom—on the back of a horse, pitching a tent at 8,000 ft, or chasing a more experienced opponent down the athletic pitch—are central to a Thacher education.

Some might call them “extracurriculars,” but to us they’re at the core of the Thacher experience, not at the periphery. It’s where individual growth happens—determination, resilience, self-awareness, confidence, skills—and where collective growth happens, too—teamwork, collaboration, humility, selflessness. We highly encourage students to engage broadly across a variety of disciplines and to try new activities that might be challenging or uncomfortable for them at first. Whether it’s in our Horse, Outdoor, Athletics, Arts, or Off-Campus Study Programs (or all of them at different times), there’s something for every student.