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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked ME School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 1,643 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,300
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School News

  • In-Person, 5 Days A Week - 05/06/2021
    We're excited to officially announce that Thornton Academy will return to full time in-person learning, five days per week for Fall 2021. We are committed to the safety of our ...morecommunity, while providing a rigorous and engaging education. We're thrilled to welcome our students back to campus full time in the fall! hide

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

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
$1,500 per week
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,643 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 12%
Students by Grade
Thornton Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
114 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
20 students
Number of AP Courses
28 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
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Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Clint Williams
Admissions Associate
Megan Cornwall



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
43 extracurriculars
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, TEDxTA, 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 Club

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)
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 (2021)

  • Top Ranked ME School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 1,643 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,300
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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