Thornton Academy

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Thornton Academy prepares students for 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. 
  • 15 minutes from Portland, Maine; 90 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts
  • Extensive Honors and Advanced Placement courses offered and independent study opportunities
  • Seven Foreign Languages offered
  • ESL Program

What's special?

Special ‘diploma endorsements’ in advanced studies fine arts new media STEM and applied STEM that can provide advanced standing in university studies | Students may gain admission to the University of Maine's Engineering program with sophomore year standing | Equestrian program | Filmmaking and TV production program

100% including: Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan

Fast facts

4 seasons, significant snowfall in winter
Coed 1630 (7-12) students
10% international students
24, Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
243 , 37% with advanced degrees
Portland, ME (PWM) via Boston, MA (BOS)


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Advanced placement courses:

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics 1: Algebra based, Physics 2: Algebra based, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, US Government and Politics, US History

Honors courses:

AP 28 Honors 42

Marking system & graduation requirements add

Marking System:

Grade reports are issued on a quarterly basis

Graduation Requirements:

The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 4 credits
  • Social Studies/History - 3 credits
  • Mathematics - 3 credits
  • Science - 3 credits
  • Fine Arts - 1 credit
  • Physical Education - 1 credit
  • Health &Wellness - 0.5 credits
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Special Programs

Thornton offers more than 100 elective courses and seven foreign languages including Arabic, Chinese, Latin, Greek, French, German and Spanish.Students who complete the Academy's rigourous STEM sequence may gain admission to the University of Maine's College of Engineering program with sophomore standing.

ACT Scores

Average ACT score: N/A

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: N/A


Thornton Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

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Studio Arts, Dance, Film, Music, Photography, Theater, TV Production
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Campus features

The Academy is nestled on 80 acres (32 hectares) in the safe, scenic coastal town of Saco, Maine. Saco is a friendly, close knit community with abundant resourses for outdoor enthusiasts. Academy facilities include a newly-renovated library, an Arts and Media Center and STEM laboratories, 500-seat auditorium, an engineering lab, art studios, television studio, a dining commons, student and faculty residences, athletic stadium, athletic stadium with lights, turf and track, tennis courts and athletic fields.

High School Media

Extracurricular activities

  • Academic decathalon
  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Art Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Classics Club
  • Cycling Club
  • Concert Choir
  • Debate Team
  • Environmental Club
  • German Club
  • Literary Arts Magazine
  • Jazz Combo
  • Math Team
  • Model U.N.
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech Team
  • Thornton Academy Players
Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish, Ancient Greek, Arabic

Admissions Requirements


No minimum

Not required



ETS 5719

Estimated Costs


$3,500 ESL
$6,000 Summer ESL Program (if required)
$1,500 Incidental Deposit
$1,800 Health Insurance
$3,000 Student life fee

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