Thornton Academy

438 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072
Tel: 207-282-5383
Gr: (Boarding) 6-12 | 1680 students
Thornton Academy is a co-educational boarding school located on the coast of Maine an 1.5 hours north of Boston.
A rigorous and broad-based program of academic, arts and athletic opportunities challenges students to reach their potential in readiness for lifelong learning and productive participation in our dynamic world.
We offer 42 Honors and 24 AP classes, as well as 7 foreign languages.
Our new STEM program offers state-of-the art classrooms and STEM agreements with Maine Universities.
We have an ELL Summer Program and a STEM summer program.
The residential program offers a small and nurturing community with and 8:1 student to resident-faculty ratio. 

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Thornton Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1811 1910
Campus Size 80 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1680 students 300 students
% International Students 10% 20%
% Students Boarding 10% 67%
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 18 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher:Student Ratio 1:19 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 24 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 73% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $10 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$45,000 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,500 $28,400
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 50% 56%
Director of AdmissionsAbigail Swardlick Gagnon
Associate Director of AdmissionsMegan Theberge

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 24 16
CoursesAP Biology , AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Human Geography , AP Language and Composition , AP Latin, AP Literature and Composition , AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History, Computer Science A


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 23 14
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 48 24
ExtracurricularsAcademic Decathlon , Amnesty International , Anime Club, Archive Club, Arts Club, Carpe Diem (Newspaper), Chess Club, Chinese Club, Civil Rights , Classics Club, Concert Band , Concert Choir, Creative , Dance Company, Environmental Club, Equestrian Club, French Club, Gay/Straight Alliance , German Club , Green Team, Guitar Club, Ink (Literary Magazine), Interact , Jazz Band, Marching Band,

College Matriculation

Year: 2010-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
American University 1
Boston College 1
Boston University 1
Brown University 1
Columbia University 1
Dartmouth College 1
Duke University 1
New York University's Tisch School of the Arts 1
Parsons School of Design 1
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 1

School Notes:

  • 24 AP Classes
  • 243 Classes
  • 7 Foreign Languages
  • Four-year curriculum in dance and strings
  • 40 co-curricular clubs, including Anime, Amnesty International, Math Club and Outdoor Adventure Club
  • 4-Year Dance Program
  • 49 teams playing 24 sports giving all students – from first years to seniors – the opportunity to play
  • 12 visual arts courses, from pottery to drawing, and from film to digital imaging
  • 1.5 Hours to Boston
  • 15 Minutes to Portland
  • 5 Minutes to the Beach
  • School accreditations: TABS, NEASC, NAIS, ISANNE, MAIS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Brewster Academy (38.7 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 38.7 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 358 students80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603) 569-7200
  • 41.5 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 150 students616 High Street
    BathME 04530
  • 42.9 mi | Gr. 11-12 | 200 studentsPO Box 292
    North BridgtonME 04057
    207-647-3322 x1
  • 44.5 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 1085 students20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
  • 45.6 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 320 students70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
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