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Be who you are. Become who you want to be.

What makes Thornton Academy the right choice for so many students? 

  • Incredible academics. You choose from 200+ courses in 8 academic departments. Want to study Psychology, AP Environmental Science, Arabic, play the cello in our orchestra, and be a part of our dance company? At Thornton Academy, you can do it all! 

  • A beautiful campus. Thornton Academy's campus is large, green, safe, and close to it all. We are located only 90 minutes from Boston, 5 minutes from the beach, and an easy walk from shops, restaurants, and cafés. No wonder our students consider Thornton Academy to be their second home! 

  • Teachers who truly care about their students. Our teachers are more than teachers - they are mentors, friends, supporters, and cheerleaders to our students. Teaching at Thornton Academy is a passion and a career - most of our teachers have over 20 years experience. 

  • A boarding experience like no other. As a Thornton Academy boarding student, you join our community of learners, athletes, artists, explorers, creators, and travelers. Living where you learn allows you to maximize your experience and make friends that you will have for life. 

  • Top-level athletics. Whether you have years of experience or want to try one of our 24 sports for the first time, our coaches will support you as you train to become the best you can be! With 10 outdoor fields, a historic indoor gymnasium, a running/walking trail on campus, and over 100 years of athletic experience, Thornton Academy ranks in the top 1% of U.S. high schools for athletics. 

  • Unbelievable arts. Thornton Academy features visual arts (painting, drawing, illustration, photography, pottery, sculpture) and performing arts (choir, band, jazz band, orchestra, acting, theater production, dance). Our students go on to study at top arts universities and perform nationally and internationally. 

  • A global community. Our students come from over 50 different countries, but most are local day students. Get ready to make a diverse group of friends that will stick with you for life! 

a student uses a microscope
hockey player gets ready to take a shot
dancers in skirts on stage
main building at dusk
teacher and three students share a laugh
Three students in a dorm room
teacher with a laptop in class
winning a sprint in a track meet
studying with a friend in the library
five students at a picnic table outside a dormitory
playing rock paper scissors
Four students after a running race
proud to have climbed a mountain
aerial view of thornton academy's campus
students and a teacher work on a project in the new media center
a student plays the violin during a concert
Affording Thornton Academy

At Thornton Academy, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to pursue their passions. Welcoming a diverse student body is at the core of who we are. We commit to offering support to families to make a Thornton Academy education affordable and accessible. 

Best of Maine 2020!

We are thrilled to have been voted Best Private School in Maine, in both the elementary school and secondary school categories. Our students arrive with varied interests and abilities, and with strengths and needs that span a broad continuum. It is our responsibility and honor to answer in kind, providing many doors of possibility for students to open and enter. At Thornton Academy, there are as many different avenues of exploration as there are different kinds of students, and we invite each student to ‘Be who they are, and become who they want to be.'

headmaster rene menard '88

Want to learn more about Admissions to Thornton Academy?

We will email you within 48 hours to help with any questions you may have and provide more information about what it's like to be a Thornton Academy student.

We'd love to hear from you! 

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