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High School, College & Beyond

Life After Talcott
Meet Our Alumni

High aspirations: Reaching for the Stars

The beginning is always the most important step in any journey. At Talcott, we realize that the education we provide our students  is critical to their future success. We prepare them for educational road that lies ahead. 

By the time they graduate Talcott Mountain Academy, they are well-prepared for their secondary and college careers. This is clearly evident in the distinctive paths they have chosen, the roles in which they distinguish themselves, and the projects they’ve developed with these talents.

It’s hard to believe that 3 years have already passed since I left [Talcott]. This year I finally finished the AP math curriculum, with a 5 on each test. Thank you so much for the incredible foundation you were able to build – it made math in high school super easy. I didn’t appreciate how special that was until I got to high school and realized that anyone who had passed your classes would be prepared to be top of the class in any other program. 
-- Varun A., TMA Alumnus

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High School

Talcott Mountain Academy graduates are accepted at all the outstanding private and public secondary schools in the area and New England. They include:

— Avon Old Farms School
Berkshire School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Deerfield Academy

Loomis Chaffee
Miss Porter’s School

Northfield Mount Hermon
Northwest Catholic High School
Philips Academy Andover
Phillips Exeter Academy
St. Paul’s Catholic High School
Suffield Academy
The Ethel Walker School
The Hotchkiss School
The Master’s School

The Taft School
Watkinson School
Westminster School
Westover School
University High School of Science & Engineering

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Talcott Mountain Academy alumni are accepted at outstanding colleges and universities. They include:

— Berklee College of Music
— Boston College
— Boston University 
— Brown University
— Cal Tech Yale University
— Carnegie Mellon University
— Catholic University of America 
— Columbia University
— Cornell University
— George Washington University
— Georgetown University
— Georgia Tech
— Hampshire College
— Harvard University 
— Howard University
— Marist
— Massachusetts Institute of Technology
— Middlebury College
— Oberlin College
— Penn State
— Rensselaer
— Rhode Island School of Design 
— Rhode Island University 
— Savannah College of Art & Design
— Stanford University

— Syracuse
— Trinity College
— Tufts University
— UC Berkeley
— University of Florida
— University of Rochester
— Virginia
— Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Talcott alumni have contributed their talents and expertise to companies around the globe. From small startups to big players in science and technology, from Amazon to Google and many in between!

— Amazon
American Museum of Natural History
Argonne National Laboratory
Boston Dynamics
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
John Dempsey Hospital
Manchester Hospital
United Technologies
US Fish & Wildlife Service
WBTW South Carolina
WTVY Alabama

Meet our Alumni

Talcott Mountain Academy was designed as a full-time school inside the campus of a full-time science facility, with the availability of professional scientists as their guides. When staffing the entire complement of subjects, we look for the same professional standing for all of them. In that spirit, our art teacher is an artist, our music teacher is a musician, our language arts teachers are writers, and we have a healthy dose of living history in our social studies curriculum.


It’s no wonder then, more than 30 years after inception, that our graduates report being well-prepared for their secondary and college careers. This is clearly evident in the distinctive paths they have chosen, the roles they’ve established, and the projects they’ve developed with their talents.


We invite you to meet a few of our distinguished alumni.

Dax Hassell

Dax Hassell

“I came to Talcott Mountain Academy from a small island in the Caribbean. TMA promoted and supported my passion for scientific exploration and discovery. It provided the first real safe space for me to flourish. I eventually became one of the first generation emergency medicine physicians in The Netherlands, pioneering and giving shape to the current Dutch emergency medicine system. TMA was the primary stable stepping stone to my professional career.”
Shari Wiseman

Shari Wiseman

Valedictorian of her graduating class at TMA, Shari went on to attend Glastonbury High School and Yale University, where she majored in Biology. She then stayed at Yale to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience, followed by postdoctoral training in Boston. Shari is currently a Senior Editor at the journal, Nature Neuroscience, and says her time at TMA was invaluable in fostering her life-long love of science.
Samara Wenten

Samara Wenten

“I was an angry kid when I arrived at TMA in 1985. I came from a tiny school in a small town where the teachers did everything to challenge me, including allowing me to skip a grade, but socially I was floundering. As Dean Gibb can attest it took a bit for me to adjust, but eventually I found my footing and my people on the mountain. I learned how to write, how to use the scientific method, and how to love being surrounded by the smartest people in the room. I even learned to ski in the extracurricular program at Ski Sundown and it’s still my favorite thing to do. It’s been more than 30 years since I graduated and I still reflect on the lessons I learned at TMA in my current life as a product manager for a major technology company in the Bay Area. I also still keep in touch with many of my classmates and have been proud to see their successes over the years. Not surprisingly, they’re still the smartest people in the room.”

Bryan Nagy

Bryan is at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, working on a robotic fork-lift. As part of the Robotics Institute at CMU, they are developing automated systems for packing and unpacking truck trailers and containers.

Ariana Feldberg

Ari, a marine biologist is part of the team creating aquaculture of oysters, clams, and scallops for the Wampanoag Tribe in Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard Island. She presented this work to an enthusiastic crowd of students at the academy this past March.