Thornton Academy

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Thornton AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18111910
Campus Size80 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment1680 students300 students
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
10%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size18 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:151:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2416
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$10 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$46,000$52,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,500$28,270
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
50%
57%
Director of AdmissionsAbigail Swardlick Gagnon
Associate Director of AdmissionsEdwin Nunez

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2416
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 Offered1914
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 Organizations4723
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 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
American University1
Boston College1
Boston University1
Brown University1
Columbia University1
Dartmouth College1
Duke University1
New York University's Tisch School of the Arts1
Parsons School of Design1
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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