The Financial Fitness Fair exposes all students in the junior class to a "journey" of being on their own and managing financial obligations in order to encourage financial responsibility. Based upon student response to a career interest survey, students are assigned a salary and a credit score. Students then move through booths staffed with volunteers and experience how much it costs for a new car, living expenses such as rent, utilities, cell phones, etc., and the importance of saving and budgeting.
Thornton Academy's International Program Wins National Award, Benefits All Students & Southern Maine
Headmaster Rene M. Menard accepted a prestigious President's "E" Award today in Washington, D.C. on behalf of Thornton Academy, an independent school founded in 1811 that educates 6-12th graders. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker conferred the award - created by the President in 1961 - to recognize persons, firms or organizations that contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. In this case, "exports" refers to exporting an educational experience to international students. About Thornton Academy Secretary Pritzker said, "The "E" Awards Committee was very impressed with Thornton Academy's demonstrated economic and cultural impact in its community through the education of foreign students. The institution's innovative program offerings for international students were also particularly notable."
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TA Announces STEM Initiative
Thornton Academy has launched a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Initiative that includes a new addition to the Scamman Science Building, opening in 2015.