Thornton Academy

Maine, USA

Co-ed, no religious affiliation Boarding and Day School

  1. Founded: 1811
  2. Grades: 6-12
  3. Number of Students: 1462
  4. Average Class Size: 18
  5. Student/Teacher Ratio: 19:1
  6. Number of AP Courses: 24
  7. Min SLEP/TOEFL: None
  8. ESL: Yes

30 minutes from Portland, ME
Nearest Airport: Portland

About 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 is located along the scenic coastline of Maine, just 15 minutes from the capital of Maine—Portland—and one hour from Boston, with direct bus line to Boston airport. Thornton Academy builds on a longstanding tradition of strong college preparatory programming dating back to 1811. With 24 AP and 243 classes to choose from it is the top co-educational boarding school in the state of Maine. 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.

University acceptance

American University, Brown, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia, 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.


By combining a strong core program with a range of electives, students are challenged and engaged. Thornton strives to provide a personalized approach while being large enough to offer a broad range of opportunities for students.

AP courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French
  • Human Geography
  • Language & Composition
  • Latin
  • Literature & Composition
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Physics C
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Computer Science

ESL/Support programs

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Free Tutoring


Foreign languages

  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • French
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Greek
  • Russian


Clubs and 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, Table Top Game Club, TATV, Treble Choir, Tripod (Yearbook), Ultimate Frisbee, Volunteers of America.


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.


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.


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