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Thornton Academy

Private Boarding School – Saco , Maine

Thornton Academy, founded in 1811, is one of New England’s oldest college preparatory schools. Thornton is committed to providing a complete academic experience that lives up to its mission statement, ”Preparing students for changing world.

Thornton Academy serves students in grades 6-12, with a boarding program at the high school level. A comprehensive high school program offers 140 courses that include 7 foreign languages (German, Latin, Russian, Ancient Greek, Mandarin Chinese, French, and Spanish), 30 arts courses (including visual arts, music, theater and modern dance) and 40 AP and honors courses that span the curriculum.

Thornton graduates matriculate to competitive American colleges and universities, valued as lifelong learners, dynamic and critical thinkers who have discovered their passions through exposure to Thornton’s many diverse opportunities. The outstanding faculty, over half with advanced degrees, are skillful in developing each student’s personal promise. Thornton’s location in the coastal Maine community of Saco, enhances its educational experiences. The school is minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, an hour from the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, and 10 minutes from Maine’s largest city, Portland, a hub for artistic and cultural outlets. Boston is just 90 miles away, easily accessible by interstate highway or Amtrak train.

Academic Facilities
There are eight academic buildings: Mary Weymouth Library/Academic Commons holds 18,000 volumes, 80+ periodical subscriptions, numerous subscriptions to academic databases and a computer lab with 50 computers. Scamman Science Center has full labs, smart boards, 25 laptop computers in each classroom, observatory, and lecture hall. 2 Humanities buildings that also house the dance studio and pod cast theatre. Foreign language building. Arts Center with 500-seat theatre, television studio, art studios, music rooms. Technology Department oversees a wireless network throughout campus and residence hall, an online Thornton community embedded in a full-service website, more than 1,400 laptop and desktop computers available to students. Middle school serving students in grades 6-8.

Sport Facilities
American football field and stadium, eight lane outdoor track, baseball field, soccer field, softball field, 4 multipurpose fields, gymnasium with basketball court, weight room, tennis courts. Off campus (no more than ten minutes’ travel): Indoor track, hockey rink, swimming and diving pool.

Dormitories and Student Residences
Brand new, state of the art dormitory, currently under construction, will house 38 students. The residence hall will offer all modern amenities, including wireless Internet, kitchen space, televisions and common rooms. Bedrooms will be large with no more than 2 students assigned per room. Supervision ratio will be exceptional with 4 faculty apartments/townhouses for 38 students.

Saco is located 15 minutes south of Portland. This small and safe city is conveniently located near many tourist attractions in Maine. 

Area population: 18,500
City website: City of Saco

Estimated Start Date: Early September
Estimated End Date: Early June

Other Services Offered:

  • Academic progress reports
  • Airport transfer service
  • Assistance in acquiring books and material
  • Help with holiday accommodation
  • Help with travels during holidays
  • Orientation upon arrival

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Campus Size

80 Acres

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Foreign Languages

  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Acting
  • Art History
  • Band
  • Chamber Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Costuming
  • Dance
  • History of Rock n' Roll
  • Illustration
  • Introduction to Theater
  • Introduction to Visual Art
  • Jazz Band
  • Music History
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Piano
  • Print
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Sculpture
  • Stage Design
  • Treble Choir
  • Wind Ensemble

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language
  • Computer Science
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Government
  • Human Geography
  • Latin
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art 2D
  • US History


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Indoor Track
  • Track
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Academic Decathlon
  • Amnesty International
  • Anglers' Society
  • Animals
  • Anime
  • Art
  • Jazz Band
  • Chinese
  • Classics Club
  • Concert Choir
  • Cycling
  • Environmental
  • Game Development
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • German
  • Interact
  • Key
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math
  • Movies
  • Music
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Pep Band
  • Political Action Group
  • Reducing Sexism and Violence
  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad Club
  • Ski
  • Speech
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Council
  • Student Ministries
  • Theater
  • Tabletop Games Club
  • TV Production Club
  • Yearbook

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

American University, Bates College, Berklee College of Music, Brandeis University, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Clark University, Colby College, College of the Holy Cross, College of William and Mary, Cornell University, Duke University, Fairfield University, Franklin and Marshall College, Hofstra University, Johns Hopkins University, Maine College of Art, Northeastern University, Providence College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Seton Hall University, Smith College, Stonehill College, Temple University, Tulane University, Union College, University of Maine - Orono, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of New Hampshire, University of Southern Maine, University of Vermont, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, Wesleyan University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Closest International and Local Airports: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Portland International Jetport (PWM)
For Details Visit Website: Thornton Academy

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