New Classrooms Support Thornton Academy's STEM Pathways
In Fall 2015 a $2 million STEM Center (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) addition to the Scamman Science Building opened for classes. The addition includes four state-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratory classrooms, each a spacious 1,400 square feet. This has been a privately-funded project. Because of its status as an independent school, Thornton receives no tax funds from sending municipalities to finance capital projects. As a town academy, Thornton cannot issue bonds for school capital projects like most surrounding communities and instead must find private funding for nearly 40% of the annual budget in order to provide up-to-date facilities for students.
In the summer of 2013, Senator Justin Alfond said, “The way Thornton Academy is incorporating STEM education into its regular curriculum, forging new collaborations that will benefit its students is an ideal model. I’m particularly pleased to see the partnership with Maine’s flagship university.”