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Thornton Academy

Established: 1811
STEM
Beach
Mountains

School Facts

  • Number of Students
    1600
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year

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.


FACILITIES
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, and four large multi-purpose stadiums.

SPORTS AND ARTS
As a member of Maine’s top athletic league, Thornton Academy offers several competitive varsity sports. 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.

DORMITORIES AND STUDENT LIFE
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.

Visit School Site: Thornton Academy
Visit City Site: Saco, Maine

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

  • 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 80 acres Campus Size
  • 13% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Yes
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
1:11
Average Class Size
14
SAT Average
1150
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Yes
Speciality Programs
Four Year Dance Program University Credit Courses STEM Project TOEFL & SAT Prep Courses Apprenticeship Program with Pratt & Whitney Golden Edge Program
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Arts
3D Art, Acting, Ceramics, Dance Company, Dance Fundamentals, Drawing - Advanced, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Print Making, Sculpture, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Theater, Visual Arts
Music
American Music, Band, Band - Concert, Chamber Choir, Choir, Concert Chorus, Guitar Beginner, 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
Languages
Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Animal Rights, Anime Club, Astronomy Club, Biking, Chess Club, Debate and Public Speaking Society, Dodgeball, Environmental, Equestrian club, Fashion Club, Fish Club, Game Development, Gay-Straight Alliance, Law Club, Literary Arts, Math Team, Model United Nations (Model UN), Music Appreciation, National Honor Society, Political Action, Robotics Club, Science Olympiad, Student Government
Accepting Students in Grades
No
Ages Accepted
13-20
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
SLEP and TOEFL not required; students will be assigned to ESL class. More importance placed on Skype Interview over test scors (TOEFL, ELTiS, SLEP).

Testimonials

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 traumatizing experience ever.

Sara P.

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