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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Thornton Academy will begin the fall with hybrid learning. As an Apple Distinguished School, Thornton Academy is recognized as a center of leadership and excellence in the field of technology-integrated instruction. A Thornton Academy education provides your child with unmatched opportunities for in-classroom and remote learning, both of which will be crucial to the success of students this year. Learn More

  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$14,300
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.

Please join us on November 4 at 6:00 PM EST for a Virtual Open House to speak with our School Counseling department about how they prepare our students for college.

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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
1190
327 responses
Average ACT
24
10 responses

Technology & New Media

The Technology and New Media Department offers students immersive experiences with industry standard tools for coding, robotics, web design, and digital media. Students are challenged with authentic problems and then asked to develop creative solutions, plan their implementation, and execute and evaluate their success.

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 131 responses
Report
  • Sporting Events, Plays/Musicals
    23%
  • Pep rallies!
    16%
  • Too many to list -- so many activities at TA
    15%
  • International Fair
    11%
  • Dances
    9%
  • Dance Shows
    9%
  • Concerts
    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
    1,664
    83%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
    95%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
    98%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    11:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    87%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
    Poll
    91%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Average
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Low
    95%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
    37%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
    79%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses

    Thornton Academy Reviews

    224 reviews
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    I really enjoy the diverse class selection provided at Thornton Academy. I especially enjoy that TA has an exceptional dance program. Any student can take a dance class at TA, doesn't matter your ability, there is a place for you in TA dance. I believe Thornton Academy needs to provide a more accepting and safe environment for all students. Even though I've never experienced bullying and slander first hand but I have witnessed the Thornton Academy administration do nothing for the student who are. That needs to change! No one should feel unsafe to come to school because of their small-minded peers!
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    I’m a dorm student from Israel, everyone in Thornton Academy is super helpful and they never judge if you stumble on your words or taking longer to figure stuff out.
    I feel at home and at ease when I’m in the school and I really feel like I’m learning new materiel, the teachers don’t look down on you and make you feel like less, they help with whatever they can.
    The dorm life is amazing and I’m having so much fun experiencing new things with friends from all over the world!
    I’m happy I chose this school and I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.
    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.