Thornton Academy

438 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072
Tel: 207-282-5383
Gr: (Boarding) 6-12 | 1500 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.
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 
2014 School Data
Thornton Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1811 1909
Campus Size 80 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1500 students 295 students
% International Students 10% 20%
% Students Boarding 10% 68%
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 26 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 73% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $10 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$42,000 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,500 $27,240
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 50% 58%
Director of Admissions Mark Powers  
Associate Director of Admissions Abigail Swardlick  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 26 16
AP 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 13
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 47 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, French Club, Gay/Straight Alliance , German Club , Green Team, Guitar Club, Ink (Literary Magazine), Interact , Jazz Band, Marching Band, Math Club,

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:

  • 26 AP Classes
  • 243 Classes
  • 8 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 Students Grades
  • WolfeboroBrewster Academy
    80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603) 569-7200
    38.7 mi | 358 students | Gr. 9-12
  • WolfeboroWolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School
    93 Camp School Road
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    38.9 mi | 190 students | Gr. 6-12
  • BathHyde School - Bath, ME
    616 High Street
    BathME 04530
    41.5 mi | 150 students | Gr. 9-12
  • North BridgtonBridgton Academy
    PO Box 292
    North BridgtonME 04057
    42.9 mi | 180 students | Gr. 12
  • ExeterPhillips Exeter Academy
    20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    44.5 mi | 1085 students | Gr. 9-12
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