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Thornton Academy

Established: 1811

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year, Short-Term, Spring Semester, Fall Semester

School Description

Founded in 1811, Thornton Academy is one of New England’s oldest college preparatory schools. Its comprehensive curriculum consists of 200 courses, including seven foreign languages, 30 arts classes, and more than 60 AP, dual enrollment, and honors courses. The school’s collaborations with both the University of New England and the University of Maine School of Engineering allows students to bypass freshman year at both schools.

Campus facilities feature a STEM Center with brand new laboratories, an engineering lab, a foreign language building, an art center, an observatory, and a 500-person theater. Athletic facilities include sports fields, an outdoor track, basketball courts, tennis courts, weight rooms, and four large multi-purpose stadiums.

As a member of Maine’s top athletic league, Thornton Academy offers several competitive varsity sports, with over 50 athletic teams to choose from. Their football, tennis, golf, swimming, and volleyball teams consistently place top in the state or region.
Thornton’s dramatic arts are regarded as a highly developed program that includes courses in theater basics, acting, and technical theater with a focus on media arts.

Thornton Academy has two dormitories that have Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, modern bathrooms, and lounges with big screen TVs. International students can also enjoy many weekend activities held on and off campus. Cooking classes, skiing lessons, movie sessions, and shopping excursions are a few activities international student can participate in.


Educatius PDF: Thornton Academy Profile PDF
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Awards and Accomplishments Of School

Apple Distinguished School, 56 Athletic Championships

School News

As one of only four high schools in Maine to receive the Apple Distinguished Award, Thornton Academy is recognized for their innovation in technology!

Famous Alumni

1) Justin Chenette - state legislator, 2) Leatrice Morin - state legislator (class of 1940), 3) Nancy Sullivan - state legislator, 4) Carlos Baker - author/biographer

  • 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, PG Grades at School
  • 80 acres Campus Size
  • 13% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
Average Class Size
SAT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
French Immersion
Speciality Programs
Four Year Dance Program University Credit Courses STEM Project TOEFL & SAT Prep Courses Apprenticeship Program with Pratt & Whitney Golden Edge Program
Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
2D Art and Design, Acting, Art History, Ceramics, Company Dance, Dance, Drawing - Advanced, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Pottery and Sculpture, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art - 2D Design, Theater, Visual Arts
American Music, Band, Band - Concert, Chamber Choir, Choir, Concert Chorus, Guitar, Jazz Band, Music Theory, Orchestra, Piano, Song Writing, String Orchestra, Treble Choir, Wind Ensemble
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Human Geography, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, Psychology, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History
Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Animal Rights Club, Anime Club, Astronomy Club, Biking, Chess Club, Debate, Dodgeball, Environmental, Equestrian Club, Fashion Club, Fishing Club, Game Development, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Law Club, Link Crew, Math Team, Model United Nations (Model UN), Music Appreciation, National Honor Society, Political Action, Robotics Club, Science Olympiad, Student Government
Accepting Students in Grades
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 6
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Minimum
No Minimum
TOEFL Minimum
No Minimum
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Accept Duolingo

Real Stories from Real Students:

This year has been by far the best of my life. I met people that not only became my friends but changed my life for the best. Coming here, living alone, re-starting your life from nothing, it is the most positively the best experience ever.

Sara P.

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