Specials

Our program focuses on whole-child development and includes classes in science, math, art, music, Spanish, and physical education. We provide access to Academic Support Services at all levels.

Art at Thacher

Guided by artist Renay Bane, students explore art through a study of Fine Arts and Cultural/Folk Arts that reflect and integrate with classroom studies each year.

From throwing on a pottery wheel to the exploration of personal ideas to the study of snowflakes – every Thacher student discovers their inner artist.

Music at Thacher

Children grow up at Thacher with the experience that everyone is a musician. Children cultivate not only technical understanding but their awareness of self, community, and meaning through hours of musical play and challenges.

Music with professional musician Victor McSurely (plays with Boston’s Blue Man Group, and with Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Craft Guitarists) is a highlight at Thacher for our students. Between Children’s House and graduating from the Adolescent Program, the average child will participate in 53 musical performances!

Physical Education

Athletic teamwork and leadership opportunities, along with the skillful coaching of our Athletic Director, Todd Sullivan prepare students for a lifetime of physical activity.

All Thacher students are encouraged to participate in team sports and games. Our beautiful artificial turf soccer field provides an opportunity for year-round outdoor activity. From student/staff contests to annual field days to competing in inter-city basketball and soccer leagues – every child is part of team Thacher.

Science & Math at Thacher

From discovering genetics and DNA to building simple machines to solving social justice math problems - Thacher's Science & Math program, lead by Sally Fitzgerald, is indeed designed around student's natural curiosity.

Every one of Thacher’s fourth to eighth graders participates in our annual Science Fair and has their project reviewed by local scientists! Using real-world scenarios, students take a scientific approach to solving problems that matter. Students explore a variety of topics including introductory coding to horticulture. Many blossoming gardeners discover the world of botany in our beautiful greenhouse as they experiment with, and care for, their plants.

Spanish at Thacher

Students study world languages as a way to connect with others across cultural, political, and geographical borders. Our students learn to respect diverse communities and embrace cultures that differ from their own.

Thacher designed standards within the framework of the National Standards for Foreign Language. Thacher students study Spanish from Lower Elementary through the Adolescent Program with native Spanish speaker and guitarist Mario Santiago. Mario incorporates music, video projects, and conversational skills into every class.

Academic Support Services

Kelley Beach, our Academic Support Specialist, works with students who benefit from extra support.

Academic Support Services services are provided in the classroom or a private, quiet setting on a one-to-one basis. Kelley works with students of various learning styles and needs often targeting areas such as reading, writing, comprehension, math, and executive functioning.

Artificial turf soccer field
Science lab
Art room with kiln
Taiko drumming
Studio music
Gymnasium