Thornton Academy

Thornton Academy is a coeducational, private boarding and day school serving grades 6-12.
Founded in 1811, Thornton Academy is one of the nation's oldest independent schools.
Our historic, 80acre campus is located in Maine, situated in the vibrant community of Saco.
Thornton Academy is surrounded by some of the finest beaches, ski mountains, scenic areas, and cultural offerings throughout New England.
Thornton Academy is 90 minutes from Boston and 15 minutes from Maine's largest city, Portland.
Thornton Academy's diverse and inclusive community is comprised of boarding students from more than 50 countries, and day students from throughout southern Maine.
The school is known for its highcaliber academics and athletics, large variety of extracurricular opportunities, and awardwinning visual and performing arts program.
Thornton Academy offers more than 200 courses, including 26 AP courses, 42 honors courses, and 6 foreign languages.
Students are challenged and supported by accomplished faculty, and the school consistently achieves a 100% acceptance rate for its collegebound seniors.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked ME School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 1,462 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,500
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Thornton Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maine for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,462 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade
Thornton Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
118 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
19 students
Number of AP Courses
26 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, 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
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grades 6-8: $15,100 Grades 9-12: $15,500
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
$4,000 for 2-week session $7,000 for 4-week session
Admissions Director
Clint Williams
Admissions Associate
Megan Cornwall



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
50 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Action Team, Advocate Marketing Club, Anglers' Society, Animal Rights Club, Arabic Language Club, Best Buddies, Black Student Union, Chess Club, Chinese Language Club, Civil Rights Team, Classics Club, Community Leaders Club, Debate Club, Environmental Club, French Club, German Club, GSTA, History Day Club, INK, INTERACT, Math Team, Medical Science Club, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Outdoor Adventure Club, Philosophy Club, Robotics Club, SAGE, Science Olympiad, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Speech Club, Speech Team, STEM Club, Student Council, Student Library Advisory Board, TA Coders, TA Tour Guides, Table Top Gamers Club, TATV, TEDxTA, Tripod Yearbook, Unified Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Concert Choir, Jazz Combo, Photography Club, TA Players (theater), Tap & Hip Hop Dance Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cycling Club

School Notes

  • Founded in 1811 and located in Saco, Thornton Academy is one of the nation's oldest independent private schools. Thornton Academy offersa 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, visitwww.thorntonacademy.orgor email
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Thornton Academy cost?
Thornton Academy's tuition is approximately $15,500 for private students and $4,000 for summer students.
Does Thornton Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Thornton Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Thornton Academy offer?
Thornton Academy offers 22 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track and Wrestling. Thornton Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Maine for most sports offered.
What is Thornton Academy's ranking?
Thornton Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maine for: Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Thornton Academy?
The application deadline for Thornton Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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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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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked ME School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 1,462 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,500
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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