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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+
Address
438 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072
Telephone
(207) 282-5383

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$12,500
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$48,000
Received Financial Aid
53%
Average Financial Aid
From Thornton Academy

Thornton Academy is a co-educational, private boarding and day school serving grades 6–12. Located on Maine's southern coast, in the city of Saco, Thornton Academy is 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.

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Thornton Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1180
281 responses
Average ACT
23
8 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 105 responses
Report
  • Sporting Events, Plays/Musicals
    24%
  • Pep rallies!
    16%
  • Too many to list -- so many activities at TA
    15%
  • International Fair
    10%
  • Dance Shows
    10%
  • Concerts
    9%
  • Dances
    8%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    12%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    China, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Viet Nam
    International Boarding Students
    10%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,651
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
    97%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
    97%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    11:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    87%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Average
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Low
    92%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
    31%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
    69%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses

    Thornton Academy Reviews

    189 reviews
    All Categories
    As a five year student of TA, I can wholeheartedly say that I love this school. The endless opportunities, classes, and friendships it has provided me are priceless, and I will remember them forever. Just about every part of Thornton Academy is special, and I am happy to brag about them all for a few minutes.
    The amount of course options here really is astounding. There’s so much to choose from!
    Though I’m not very athletic, there are plenty of sports at different levels available to me if I ever decided to play. Artistically, I have an equal amount of opportunities. The musicals they put on here are one of my favorite events of the year.
    I often find myself walking between classes and saying hi to teachers, counselors, janitors and lunch ladies.
    One more truly special thing about TA is the international student population. Above all, the experiences and knowledge I have obtained because of their friendship are invaluable.
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    Thornton Academy Middle School and Thornton Academy have been a welcome change to my children. Leaving behind "standard based grade" or "1,2,3, 4" grading has finally allowed my children to be held accountable for the efforts they put forth. They are learning more and applying skills properly on testing. I feel they are better prepared for high school with TAMS and far better prepared for college with TA. TAMS offers a staff that takes the time to get to know their students and in turn there is a great respect between staff and students. The environment on campus is welcoming. TA also has wonderful staff that is great at communicating with parents and students. I feel very supported and informed as a parent and my children feel very respected and supported as well. High Recommend.
    *My kids also say the food is much healthier and tastes great!
    *There is time for fresh air at both schools! SO IMPORTANT!
    Thornton Academy felt like home to me! I am currently a freshman that would've been attending Thornton in Fall of 2018 if some personal plans hadn't changed. The admissions staff were some of the nicest people I have worked with. The course offering at TA was one main reason Thornton was my first choice of boarding schools. The facilities are all very great(especially their New Media Center") they are also continually refurbishing and constructing new buildings (including new athletic facilities.) Dorms for (boys at least) are very very nice and safe. Overall great College Prep High School that I recommend for anyone that wants to challenge themselves.