Private Admission

Students who reside in a few towns may attend Thornton Academy and their tuition is publicly funded. Students from other towns may apply for admissions and pay private tuition.

Students living in Arundel and Dayton: simply enroll and tuition is publicly funded. Submit the Intent to Enroll Form by April 15 to ensure enrollment for following year.

Middle school students living in Saco and other towns (not including Arundel and Dayton):

Middle school students who live in Saco and other towns (not including Arundel and Dayton) apply through the Middle School Main Office and, if accepted, pay private tuition. To apply to Thornton Academy online, click here and create an account to submit materials, track application status, and complete school forms. Transcript release and reference forms can also be downloaded below.Students in other surrounding towns not already mentioned above:

Transcript Release

Middle School Teacher Reference (2)

Middle School Personal Reference

Day Student Tuition (2015-2016): $11,000. 

Day Student Tuition and Fees are billed as follows:

• A non-refundable $ 50. application fee, upon application. 
• Three payment options are offered. 
• 100% of tuition is due on or before April 1, 2016. 

After Thornton Academy has accepted a student, the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must sign an enrollment contract. This is a formal contract and includes a payment plan and the specific terms and conditions of enrollment. Any financial aid and/or scholarships are specified in the contract. 

To be considered for financial aid, the financial aid process must be completed at the time of application.

Enrollment will be accepted upon receipt of the signed contract, along with the selection of a payment plan through the FACTS Management system. Families MUST register with FACTS to set up a tuition payment plan:

Once families have enrolled, they MUST contact the Middle School at (207) 602-4408 to begin the registration process for classes. 

Questions? Call (207) 602-4408.

Apply For Private Pay Admission

Financial Aid

Thornton Academy is committed to enrolling eligible students regardless of family financial resources and offers need-based financial aid to as many qualified students as possible. The number of applications often exceeds the funds available, financial aid awards are competitive, and made to students of proven ability and achievement whose families demonstrate financial need.

Thornton Academy has a Financial Aid Committee that reviews completed applications for financial aid.  Grants are based on demonstrated need but the Committee will consider factors such as the student’s character references, academic performance and participation in extracurricular activities when determining the amount of the award.

If you are an international student seeking Financial Aid, please send an email to:

If you are a US citizen seeking Financial Aid please see the information below:

  • The student must have be actively applying for admission or re-enrollment.
  • The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must complete a financial aid application with the FACTS Management Company. You may reach their Customer Service office at 866-441-4637. 
Application Timeline:  April 1st for first consideration
  • Although Thornton Academy has a rolling admissions policy for the high school, financial aid applications for the middle school (TAMS) must be made by April 1st in order to be considered. 
  • Financial aid applications received after April 1st for the high school, are considered on a rolling basis.
  • Regardless of the date, families should always feel comfortable asking what their financial options might be for the coming year.
Reconsideration: Families whose financial circumstances change, or who feel that further consideration should be given to their award, may ask the Financial Aid Committee to reconsider their award. All requests for reconsideration must be made in writing and accompanied by any relevant documentation. Requests are reviewed after April 1st.

Confidentiality: The Admissions Office and Financial Aid Committee keep all financial aid information in strict confidence.  In return, we expect that families will respect the same policy by not discussing the details of their financial aid package with others. 

Questions: Please contact the Admissions Office
Telephone: 207-282-5383     Email: