Thornton Academy

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: (207)282-5383
  • 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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded1811

Student Body

Total Students1643 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by GradeThornton Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers114 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
Number of AP Courses24 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science A, Economics, Environmental Science, European History, French, Government & Politics: US, Human Geography, Language and Composition, Latin, Literature & Composition, Music Theory, Physics, Physics C, Physics I & II, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, US History,
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,500
Admissions DirectorAbigail Gagnon
Admissions AssociateMegan Theberge


Total Sports Offered24 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Paddle Tennis, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBaseball,
Cross CountryCycling,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Paddle TennisSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.42 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Action Team, Amnesty International, Anglers' Society, Animal Rights Club, Big Sib Club, Chinese Language Club, Classics Club, Debate Club, Disaster Relief Club, Environmental Club, French Club, German Club, GSTA, History Day Club, Horseback Riding, INK, INTERACT, Math Team, Model United Nations, Neuroscience Club, Political Action Group, Ribbon Club, Robotics Club, RSVP Club, Saco Police Explorer Post, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Student Council, Student Media Team, TA Ambassador Program, Table Top Gamers Club, TATV, WAGER Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Ballroom Dance, Concert Choir, Jazz Combo, Music Appreciation Club, Photography Club, TA Players (theater)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cycling Clu

School Notes

  • Founded in 1811 and located in Saco, Thornton Academy is one of the nation's oldest independent private schools. 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

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  2/6/2017
Thornton Academy is a fantastic mix of challenging academics, top level athletics, comprehensive performing arts, and service-based community events. The students are lucky to be in an environment where teachers and students can express themselves. Truly there is something here for everyone to participate in. The boarding program is top-notch and the offerings are outstanding!
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5  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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5  2/24/2013
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The average private school tuition in Maine is $7,960 for elementary schools and $27,053 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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