Mission and Core Values


Thornton Academy prepares students for a changing world, challenging all to learn, grow, innovate and succeed.

Founded in 1811, Thornton Academy is an independent school that develops 6-12th grade learners who are respectful, responsible, compassionate, and invested.  Our community takes pride in carrying on our strong sense of tradition.  Our co-educational, non-sectarian institution supports diverse ideas, cultures, and dreams and engages local, regional, and global perspectives.

Thornton Academy’s commitment to excellence encourages students to flourish; the breadth of the academic program is tailored to the needs of our diverse student population.  Comprehensive offerings in athletics, arts, and extracurricular activities inspire students to pursue their passions on our stunning and historic campus. 

The Four Pillars of Community Life

The Thornton Academy Pillars are the guiding principles that enhance our shared experiences, informing our actions and attitudes.


Respect defines treatment of one’s self and others.  We recognize differences among members of our community, act with character and integrity, and are aware of how our actions impact others.  To honor our surrounding environment, we are polite, humble, proud, and appreciative.


We show responsibility by embracing individual ownership of behaviors and choices, making informed decisions and demonstrating maturity, accountability, preparedness, timeliness, integrity, and purpose.


Compassionate individuals know how to relate to and understand the opinions and experiences of others.  We improve the quality of our school community by showing thoughtfulness and gratitude as we encounter new perspectives. We foster our growth and relevance through connection, acceptance and celebration of differences.


Investment involves the act of being aware of one’s actions, setting appropriate goals, and consistently assessing our progress.  Investment takes many forms, but the best practitioners are engaged, committed, persistent, caring, energetic and willing to take risks.  By being invested in our school, our time and efforts are valued by all.


chamber singers perform with the Thornton Academy String Quartet