Thornton Academy

Saco, Maine, USA

High Schools in USA
  • Founded in


  • % of international students


  • Average Class Size


  • Student/Teacher Ratio


  • ESL Offered


  • AP Courses


  • 10 min from Portland, capital city of Maine; 1 hour from Boston
  • Nearest International Airport: PWM

Why students ♥ Thornton Academy

One of the nation’s oldest independent schools and public-private partnerships in the country, Thornton is a historic institution with a prestigious reputation. Thornton Academy builds on a longstanding tradition of strong college preparatory programming. Together with universities in Maine TA offers a strong STEM program and outstanding 4-year dance program. School facilities include a newly-renovated library, an Arts & New Media Center, a 500-seat theater, an engineering lab, a television studio, and an athletic stadium with a track, playing fields, and a tennis court. Thornton is one of the top high schools in the USA.


AP Courses
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French
  • Human Geology
  • Language & Composition
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Latin
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Physics C
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Computer Science
Foreign Languages
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Latin
  • Greek
  • French
  • Russian
Support Programs
  • ESL: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Free Tutoring



Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle  Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball,  Winter Track, Wrestling.


Clubs & Organizations


Academic Decathlon, Amnesty International, Anime, Carpe Diem (Newspaper), Chess, Chinese, Civil Rights, Concert  Band, Concert Choir, Creative, Dance Company, Environmental, French, German, Green Team, Guitar Literary Magazine,  Jazz Band, Marching Band, Math, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Outdoor Adventure, Peer Mediators, PEP Band,  Philanthropy Society, Political Science, Russian, Science Olympiad, Ski, Spanish, Speech Team, Student Council, TA  Players, TA Tech, TableTop Game Club, TATV, Treble Choir, Tripod (Yearbook), Ultimate Frisbee, Volunteers of America.


College Acceptance


American University, Brown, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, Colby College, Cornell University, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, Temple University, Tulane University,  University, of Massachusetts Amherst, University of New Hampshire, UCLA, University of Vermont, Wellesley College,  Wheaton College, Wesleyan University.

Housing and Dorms

Thornton Academy offers both options: students can choose to live on campus or with the host family. They can also change the accommodation after the first year. We recommend starting with living on campus as it provides more privacy and freedom and if that is not for you will be able to change to host family – you will be able to get to know local families during holiday breaks as they often host Thornton students.

Two dorm buildings (one female, one male) offer single, double and triple accommodation bedrooms, as well as  shared kitchens, laundry room, living room with big TV screen, piano and basketball court. Each building houses  two teacher families, which provides “homestay like” ambiance.

Host family

All host families are located within less than 1 hour from school campus.