Overview

Thornton Academy is a co-educational, private boarding and day school serving grades 6–12. Located on Maine's southern coast, in the city of Saco, we are one of the nation's longest-operating independent schools.

Thornton Academy's commitment to excellence enables students to reach their full potential and flourish in a changing world. We offer a safe and secure family environment where every student can find his or her place. Here, students are free to express their own individual ideas, cultures, and dreams, and all students benefit from our unique campus environment and its global perspective.
More
Thornton Academy With Reviews, Requirements 2024 | FindingSchool

A- Boarding
B Matriculation
A Academics
A+ Extracurricular activities
B+ Community
A- Reviews
A Int. student mgmt

Boarding Grades: 6-12
Co-ed
Rural
ESL: Yes
Boarding Tuition: $52,300
Day S. Tuition: $15,500
# of Students: 1,462
Boarding Rate: 12%
Teacher:Student: 1:11%
International Student: 11%
AP Courses: 26
Endowment: $16,074/stu.
Faculty w/ adv. degree: 87%
SAT: 1285/1600
IB: No
#110

US Boarding School

#

Maine Boarding School

Gallery

(Total 12)
Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy Thornton Academy

Matriculation

Ranking University/College Students
#1 Princeton University 1
#2 Columbia University 1
#2 Harvard College 1
#2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
#5 Yale University 1
#9 Duke University 1
#9 Johns Hopkins University 1
#9 Northwestern University 1
LAC #2 Amherst College 1
#13 Dartmouth College 1
#14 Brown University 1
#14 Vanderbilt University 1
#17 Cornell University 1
#21 Emory University 1
#23 Georgetown University 1
#23 University of Michigan 1
LAC #5 Wellesley College 1
#27 University of Southern California 1
#28 New York University 1
#28 Tufts University 1
LAC #6 Bowdoin College 1
#34 University of Rochester 1
#36 Boston College 1
#38 Georgia Institute of Technology 1
#40 College of William and Mary 1
#42 Boston University 1
#42 Brandeis University 1
#42 Tulane University 1
#42 University of Wisconsin-Madison 1
#49 Pepperdine University 1
#49 Purdue University 1
#55 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
#63 George Washington University 1
#68 Texas A&M University 1
#79 American University 1
LAC #17 Colby College 1
LAC #17 Smith College 1
LAC #25 Bates College 1
#136 Simmons University 1
#151 James Madison University 1
LAC #38 Bucknell University 1
LAC #38 Skidmore College 1
Bentley University 1
Berklee College of Music 1
Bryant University 1
California State Polytechnic University: Pomona 1
Maine Maritime Academy 1
Marist College 1
McGill University 1
parsons school of design 1
Savannah College of Art and Design 1
The Citadel 1
University of British Columbia 1
University of Cambridge 1
More

AP Courses

(Total 26)
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
Chinese Language and Culture
European History
Latin
English Literature and Composition
Music Theory
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
Chinese Language and Culture
European History
Latin
English Literature and Composition
Music Theory
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Statistics
United States History
Computer Science A
French Language and Culture
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Spanish Language and Culture
United States Government and Politics
English Language and Composition
Physics 1
Psychology
Physics 2
Computer Science Principles
Human Geography
Environmental Science
Studio Art: 2-D Design
View all

Sports

(Total 16)
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
American Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
American Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball
Wrestling
View all

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

(Total 46)
ANGLERS SOCIETY
CYCLING CLUB
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB
SKI CLUB
ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP
BLACK STUDENT UNION
CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM
COMMUNITY LEADERS CLUB
ANGLERS SOCIETY
CYCLING CLUB
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB
SKI CLUB
ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP
BLACK STUDENT UNION
CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM
COMMUNITY LEADERS CLUB
GAY STRAIGHT TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE
SEXUALITY AND GENDER EQUALITY
TED CLUB
UNIFIED CLUB
STUDENT COUNCIL
TA TOUR GUIDES
ACTION TEAM
AMBASSADOR CLUB
INTERACT CLUB
RIBBON CLUB
ROBOTICS CLUB
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
MATH TEAM
NEUROSCIENCE CLUB
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
MODEL UNITED NATIONS
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY
SPEECH TEAM
DEBATE TEAM
INK
CLASSICS CLUB
FRENCH CLUB
GERMAN CLUB
CHINESE CLUB
ARABIC CLUB
SPANISH CLUB
TABLE TOP GAMERS CLUB
ANIME CLUB
CHESS CLUB
VISUAL ARTS CLUB
TAP & HIP HOP DANCE CLUB
TATV CLUB
TA PLAYERS
TECHNICAL THEATER CREW
STUDENT MARKETING TEAM
TRIPOD YEARBOOK
View all

Arts

(Total 23)
Acting
Chamber Choir
Choir
Choreography
Dance
Jazz
Music Theory
Performing
Piano
Songwriting
Acting
Chamber Choir
Choir
Choreography
Dance
Jazz
Music Theory
Performing
Piano
Songwriting
Stagecraft
String
Wind Symphony
Ceramics
Digital Art
Digital Photography
Drawing
Film
Film Production
Painting
Sculpture
Design
Digital Design
View all

Contact School

Any questions about Thornton Academy? Click the Contact button to reach out to the Admission Office.
Contact

School Link

Apply

Thornton Academy is a member of SAO (The Standard Application Online) platform. Click the button below to apply.

Basic Info

Year Founded: 1811
Campus Size: 80 acres
Boarding Rate: 12%
Religious Affiliation: No Religious Affiliation

Application Info

Deadline: Rolling
Interview: Skype, On Campus, Admission Travel to China, Others, WeChat
Other Accepted Scores: TOEFL, TOEFL Junior, SAT, PSAT, SSAT, IELTS, ELTIS
School Code:
TOEFL: 1000
SSAT: 7665

TOEFL

SSAT

Brief Reviews

(Total 29)
4.9/ 5

Detailed Reviews

(Total 7)
4.7 / 5 Overall
4.6 / 5 Academics
4.7 / 5 Campus
4.4 / 5 Student Life
4.7 / 5 Athletic&Art
4.7 / 5 Transportation

Q&A

(Total 38)

Google Street View

Frequently Ask Questions about Thornton Academy

Tell me a bit about Thornton Academy.
Thornton Academy is Co-ed private boarding school located in Maine, US. It was founded 1811 , and currently has about 1462 students, 11.00% of whom are international students.

For more official information, please visit http://www.thorntonacademy.org.
Does Thornton Academy have rigorous academic requirements?
Thornton Academy is offering 26 AP courses.

In recent years, 65 of their students score 4 and 5 in AP exams.

Thornton Academy also have 87% of faculties whose degrees are master and above.
Where do Thornton Academy students typically go for their colleges?
In 2023, some students attended Princeton University, Columbia University, Harvard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University.
What is the application requirement for Thornton Academy?
Similar to most private schools in the US, Thornton Academy’s typical admission requirements include school transcript, recommendation letter, application essay, and interview (often optional, but highly recommended).
What is the latest tuition for Thornton Academy’s Co-ed student?
The total fee for Thornton Academy in 2024 is $57,500 , which typically includes tuition, boarding fee, student management fee and a few other fees associated with managing international students.

For more information, please contact school’s admission team at admissions@thorntonacademy.org .
Where is Thornton Academy located?
Thornton Academy is located in the State of Maine of USA.
How popular is Thornton Academy on FindingSchool network?
Based on FindingSchool monthly traffic data as well as onsite search record, Thornton Academy is among the most popular schools, within top 142 for all schools on FindingSchool.

Also Thornton Academy has been favorited by 171 users.
How to start with an application with Thornton Academy?
The first stop is to carefully review the school profile on FindingSchool to learn more about Thornton Academy. Most of them are directly provided by the school.

Also it is highly recommended to visit Thornton Academy’s official site: http://www.thorntonacademy.org or call them at 207-282-5383.
Please share a few nearby schools that are close to Thornton Academy?
What is the FindingSchool rating for Thornton Academy?
The overall rating for Thornton Academy is A-.

The section ratings of Thornton Academy are:
B for Matriculation
A for Academics
A+ for Extracurriculum
B+ for Community
A- for Students and Parents reviews
FindingSchool's data comes from enthusiastic users, school officials, specially invited consultants and U.S. public data sources.
Feedback