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 
2016 School Data
Thornton Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1811 1910
Campus Size 80 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1680 students 298 students
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
10%
70%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
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%
69%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $10 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$46,000 $50,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,500 $28,200
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
50%
57%
Director of AdmissionsAbigail Swardlick Gagnon
Edwin Nunez
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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 24 14
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 47 23
ExtracurricularsAcademic Decathlon, Amnesty International Club, Animation Club, Archive Club, Art Club, Carpe Diem (Newspaper), Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Civil Rights, Classics Club, Concert Club, Creative, Dance Club, Environment Club, Equestrian Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), German Club, Green Team, Guitar Club, Ink (Literary Magazine), Interact Club, Jazz Club, 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

  • 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
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