Thornton Academy

438 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072
  • Thornton Academy is a private, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 6-12, providing them with the best opportunities for higher education and beyond. We challenge all students to innovate, grow, and succeed in a changing world. With over 200 courses offered, Thornton Academy has some of the most comprehensive academic and arts programs in New England.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Thornton AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18111909
Campus Size80 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment1680 students320 students
% Students of Color
18%
23%
% International Students
12%
20%
% Students Boarding
12%
70%
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 Offered2818
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
69%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$1,500
($1500 per week: Three meals on weekdays, two meals on weekends, boarding in our modern dormitories, health insurance, all activity fees, local transportation, class materials.)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$10 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,000$57,650
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$13,900$30,400
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
50%
57%
Director of AdmissionsClint Williams
Megan Cornwall
Associate Director of AdmissionsMackenzie Hanson

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2818
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 Offered2316
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations5323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic Decathlon, Action Team, Ambassadors Club, Amnesty International Club, Anglers Society, Animal Rights Club, Anime Club, Arabic Club, Astronomy Club, Carpe Diem (Newspaper), Chinese Language & Culture Club, Civil Rights, Classics Club, Debate Team, Environmental Club, Fashion Design Club, French Club, German Club, GSTA, Interact Club, Math Team, Model United Nations, National History Day, National Honor Society, Neuroscience Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Police Explorer Club, Political Action Group, Ribbon Club, Robotics Team, RSVP, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Student Council, TA Tour Guides, Table Top Game Club, TATV, TEDxTA, Tripod (Yearbook), Women and Gender Equal Rights Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Ink Magazine, Jazz Combo, Orchestra, Photography Club, Student Media Team, TA Players, Technical Theater Crew, Treble Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cycling Club, Equestrian Club, Ski Club, Ultimate Frisbee

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. 
  • Thornton Academy accreditations: TABS, NEASC, NAIS, ISANNE, MAIS

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