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Thornton Academy Recognized for the Second Time as an Apple Distinguished School

Thornton Academy is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021 for the second consecutive time.  Thornton Academy’s integrative approach to technology through a one-to-one technology device initiative, dedication to staff training, and commitment to technology access for all were reasons for the recognition.

Globally, there are fewer than 400 school that have been recognized as Apple Distinguished schools, and fewer than 100 in the United States.  

a teacher does a demonstration on a laptop to two students at thornton academy middle school

Launched in the fall of 2014 to equip students and staff with the tools necessary for success in a 21st century learning environment, the Thornton Academy 1:1 tech initiative strategically aligns Professional Development and curriculum. Thornton Academy teachers have the support and freedom to implement the iPads and laptops to best serve the goals of the lesson.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, ​
collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Thornton Academy Headmaster Mr. Rene Menard said, “Thornton Academy is honored to be recognized as an educational leader in technology. The Thornton Academy Board of Trustees has made a significant commitment to STEM education. We are proud of the science, math, and engineering opportunities at Thornton Academy that allow qualified students to skip a year of college and enter UMAINE's Engineering program with sophomore status. Today's recognition of Thornton Academy's innovation and leadership in the use of technology affirms our commitment to an integrated and comprehensive STEM program that will best prepare students for college and the workforce.”

The selection of Thornton Academy as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. From boat building projects in engineering courses where designs to come to life, to interactive history lessons that that assess student learning in real time, technology integration has elevated the level of authentic learning experiences in our community. State-of-the-art STEM and New Media facilities, combined with a robust mentoring and Professional Development program for faculty members, ensure our commitment to continued excellence in innovative curriculum design. Thornton Academy’s Multi-Touch book provides anecdotes that illustrate highlights of the program. The newest version is available by searching the iBooks Store for Thornton Academy.

Director of Instruction Amanda Doyle sees on a daily basis how Thornton Academy’s 1:1 tech program benefits the student experience. She said,  “When used thoughtfully, educational technology brings ideas to life and lowers the walls of the classroom. Thornton Academy teachers work tirelessly to ensure they are delivering engaging, dynamic, and rigorous lessons to our students each day, and we are honored to receive this distinction.

a teacher helps a student on an ipad during music composition class