Thornton Academy

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 Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
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 Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 122 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses 23 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 $12,500
Admissions Director Abigail Gagnon
Admissions Associate Megan Theberge

Sports

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,
BaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
CyclingDance,
DivingField Hockey,
Flag FootballFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Indoor SoccerLacrosse,
Mountain BikingPaddle Tennis,
SnowboardingSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
WeightliftingWinter Track,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 38 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Action, Amnesty, Anime, Art, Big, Chorus, Classics, Cycling, Dance, Debate, Environmental, Equestrian Team, French, GSTA, Game, German, Horseback Riding, 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, Equestrian Team,
Horseback Riding,

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 www.thorntonacademy.org or call 207-282-3361

Nearby Private 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)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Saco
    The School At Sweetser
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 84 students
    0.5 miles
    50 Moody St
    Saco, ME 04072
    (207)294-4949
    0.51-12
    84
  • Saco
    Florence Lombard Christian School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Grades: 1-7 | 6 students
    0.6 miles
    Po Box 1298
    Saco, ME 04072
    (207)282-5004
    0.61-7
    6
  • Biddeford
    St. James School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 173 students
    1.7 miles
    25 Graham Street
    Biddeford, ME 04005
    (207)282-4084
    1.7PK-8
    173
  • Biddeford
    Grades: K-6 | 51 students
    4.2 miles
    551 Alfred Rd
    Biddeford, ME 04005
    (207)283-3858
    4.2K-6
    51
  • Biddeford Pool
    Grades: PK-K | 16 students
    6.1 miles
    Po Box 160
    Biddeford Pool, ME 04006
    (207)344-4309
    6.1PK-K
    16

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5.0  12/17/2016
Thornton Academy is a private high school in Saco,Maine. It has an amazing view mostly in the winter time.Teachers provide individualized attention and plans for each student.They have a great guidance office and over the years with the upgrading it has added vast opportunities the students have to get involved with their school.It has a big auditorium where school conferences are held,a gymnasium with different kind of extracurricular activities, an amazing cafeteria with different types of food.The curriculum is amazing and you always have a choice to expand on something new ,grades are generally on a high scale and overall Thornton Academy is safe and academically great place to enroll your child. I mean come experience what you are missing out.
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The average private school tuition in Maine is $7,317 for elementary schools and $29,045 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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