Thornton Academy

438 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072
Tel: 207-282-5383
  • Thornton Academy educates local, national, and international students, providing them with the best opportunities for higher education and beyond.
  • We challenge all students to innovate, grow, and succeed in a changing world.

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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 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1680 students 298 students
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
10%
68%
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 1:15 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 24 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $10 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$46,000 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,500 $28,500
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
Associate Director of AdmissionsEdwin Nunez

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 Computer Science A, AP Economics, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Government & Politics - US, AP Human Geography , AP Language and Composition , AP Latin, AP Literature and Composition , AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Physics C, AP Physics I & II, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, 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
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Thornton Academy, founded in 1811, is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school serving grades 6 through 12. Located on Maine's southern coast in the city of Saco, we are one of the nation's longest operating independent schools.
  • Thornton's commitment to excellence enables students to reach their full potential and flourish in a changing world. We offer a safe and secure family environment where every student can find his or her place. Here, students are free to express their own individual ideas, cultures, and dreams, and all students benefit from our unique campus environment and its global perspective.
  • Our historic, 80-acre campus is located near some of the finest beaches, ski mountains, scenic areas, and cultural offerings in New England. We are a 90-minute drive from Boston, and 15 minutes from Portland, a vibrant, small city with a working waterfront. 
  • Thornton Academy offers more than 200 courses in a variety of subjects, including 24 advanced placement (AP) classes, 42 honors level classes, seven foreign languages, and award-winning performing and visual arts programming. Our new state-of-the-art STEM Center (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) includes four biology and chemistry laboratories, and one engineering lab. Our New Media Center features the TATV television studio, and hosts our classes in computer programming, multimedia production, journalism, and video game programming. 
  • Outside of the classroom, Thornton Academy offers 57 sports teams and 46 after-school clubs and activities, creating plenty of opportunity for students to pursue their passions and discover new talents. 
  • School accreditations: TABS, NEASC, NAIS, ISANNE, MAIS
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