Thornton Academy

438 Main Street,
Saco, ME 04072
Tel: 207-282-5383
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 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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2014 School Data
Thornton Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 8-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1811 1908
Campus Size 80 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1500 students 300 students
% International Students 8% 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 20 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 73% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $10 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$42,000 $47,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,500 $26,110
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  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 20 15
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 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 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,

School Notes:

  • School accreditations: TABS, NEASC, NAIS, ISANNE, MAIS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Phillips Exeter Academy (44.5 miles away)
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