Thornton Academy

     Tel: (207)282-5383
Grades: 6 - 12 | 1455 students
Founded in 1811 and located in beautiful, coastal Saco, Maine, Thornton Academy prepares students in 6-12th grade for life in a changing world.
A rigorous and broad-based program of academic, arts and athletic opportunities challenges students to reach their potential in readiness for lifelong learning and productive participation in our dynamic world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Other school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1811

Student Body

Total Students 1455 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 7%
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade Thornton Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 115 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses 20 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science A, Environmental Science, European History, French, Human Geography, Language and Composition, Music Theory, Physics, Physics C, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, US History, 
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $42,000
Admissions Director Mark Powers


Total Sports Offered 28 sports
Sports Badminton, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Paddle Tennis, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter TrackBadmintonBallet,
CheeringCross Country,
DivingField Hockey,
Flag FootballFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Indoor SoccerLacrosse,
Mountain BikingPaddle Tennis,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
WeightliftingWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 36 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Action, Amnesty, Anime, Art, Big, Chorus, Classics, Cycling, Dance, Debate, Environmental, French, GSTA, Game, German, INK, INTERACT, Jazz, Math, National, Orchestra, Pep, Pink, RSVP, Science, Ski, Spanish, Speech, Student, Student, TA, TA, TATV, Table, Treble, Tripod Action, Amnesty, Anime, Art, Big, Chorus, Classics, Cycling, Dance, Debate, Environmental, French, GSTA, Game, German, INK, INTERACT, Jazz, Math, National, Orchestra, Pep, Pink, RSVP, Science, Ski, Spanish, Speech, Student, Student, TA, TA, TATV, Table, Treble, Tripod, 

School Notes:

Founded in 1811 and located in Saco, Thornton Academy is one of the nation’s oldest independent schools and one of the oldest public-private partnerships in the country. Thornton Academy offers a rigorous and broad-based program of academic, arts, and athletic opportunities that challenges middle and high school students to reach their potential in readiness for lifelong learning and productive participation in our dynamic world. For more information, visit or call 207-282-3361

Profile last updated: 02/24/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The School At Sweetser (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The School At Sweetser (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. James School (1.7 miles away)
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  • SacoThe School At Sweetser
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    50 Moody St
    SacoME 04072
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    0.5 mi | 84 students | Gr. 1-12                      
  • SacoNotre Dame De Lourdes School
      (Roman Catholic)
    50 Beach St
    SacoME 04072
      (Roman Catholic)
    0.6 mi | n/a students | Gr. K-9                      
  • SacoFlorence Lombard Christian School
      (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    Po Box 1298
    SacoME 04072
      (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    0.6 mi | 6 students | Gr. 1-7                      
  • BiddefordSt. James School
      (Roman Catholic)
    25 Graham Street
    BiddefordME 04005
      (Roman Catholic)
    1.7 mi | 202 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • BiddefordThe Master's House
    551 Alfred Rd
    BiddefordME 04005
    4.2 mi | 51 students | Gr. K-6                      

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