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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)
$46,000
Received Financial Aid
50%
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, 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.

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
1170
236 responses
Average ACT
21
7 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 99 responses
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  • Sporting Events, Plays/Musicals
    25%
  • Pep rallies!
    16%
  • Too many to list -- so many activities at TA
    15%
  • International Fair
    11%
  • Concerts
    9%
  • Dance Shows
    9%
  • Dances
    7%

Boarding

Students Boarding
12%
Boarding Days Per Week
7-day
Top Countries
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
1,685
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Poll
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
Poll
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses

Thornton Academy Reviews

172 reviews
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Thornton Academy is a truly incredible school. Each student at TA can shape his or her own unique experience. The variety of courses allows students to prepare themselves for college while gaining insight on what they would like to do in the future. For example, one can be involved in AP Calculus BC, Theatre Tech, Economics, and Arabic in one year! Additionally, there are a plethora of extracurricular activities that students can partake in, adding to their experience. Thornton has excellent faculty and staff, and thus I've found many mentors, which greatly prepared me for a changing world.
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TA really creates a safe, friendly environment for you with great teachers and friends. The school offers a good education with many clubs and sports for students to be active during the school year. It also has an awesome abroad program for international students and many activities that promote the school spirit. I made some of my best memories here and really love my experiences so far!
I feel lucky to attend a school with such excellent academic opportunities and resources. Participating in honors and AP courses, I can say that each teacher is passionate about the subject they teach. It makes such a positive difference to have teachers who make the classroom welcoming, and provide a fun learning environment.
The rigor of TA's top level classes has certainly forced me to learn how to manage my time wisely, especially while playing sports and participating in clubs. However, with this experience, I feel ready for college and life beyond my high school years.