Thornton Academy

438 Main St,
Saco, ME, 04072-0407
Tel: (207)282-5383
Grades: 6 - 12 | 1455 students
Thornton Academy prepares students for 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 Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12

Student Body

Total Students 1455 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 7%
State avg.: 8%
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 BadmintonBalletBaseballBasketballCheering
Cross CountryCyclingDanceDivingField Hockey
Flag FootballFootballGolfIce HockeyIndoor Soccer
LacrosseMountain BikingPaddle TennisSnowboardingSoccer
SoftballSwimmingTennisTrack and FieldUltimate Frisbee
VolleyballWeightliftingWinter Track
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 Team (Volunteers of America), Amnesty International, Anime Club, Art Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Chorus Chamber Singers, Classics (Latin & Greek) Club, Cycling, Dance Company, Debate Club, Environmental Club, French Club, GSTA (Gay/Straigh/Transgender Alliance), Game Development Club, German Club, INK (TA's Literary & Art Online Magazine), INTERACT Club, Jazz Band, Math Team, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Pep Band, Pink Ribbon Club (Breast Club Awareness), RSVP (Reducing Sexism & Violence Prevention), Science Olympiad, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Student Council, Student Philanthropy Group, TA Players (Drama Club), TA Tech Crew, TATV, Table Top Gamers, Treble Choir, Tripod (TA's Yearbook) Anime Club, Art Club, Cycling, Dance Company, Debate Club, French Club, German Club, INTERACT Club, Jazz Band, Math Team, Orchestra, Pep Band, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Speech Team, TA Tech Crew, TATV, Treble Choir, Action Team (Volunteers of America),
Amnesty International,
Big Brothers/Big Sisters,
Chorus Chamber Singers,
Classics (Latin & Greek) Club,
Environmental Club,
GSTA (Gay/Straigh/Transgender Alliance),
Game Development Club,
INK (TA's Literary & Art Online Magazine),
National Honor Society,
Pink Ribbon Club (Breast Club Awareness),
RSVP (Reducing Sexism & Violence Prevention),
Science Olympiad,
Student Council,
Student Philanthropy Group,
TA Players (Drama Club),
Table Top Gamers,
Tripod (TA's Yearbook),

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: 05/22/2013

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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    50 Beach St
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    25 Graham Street
    Biddeford , ME , 04005
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    1.7  mi  |  202  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
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    The Master's House
    551 Alfred Rd
    Biddeford , ME , 04005
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