A Vision for a Bright Future
Founded in 1811 as a private academy, the school's leadership was comprised of forward-thinking innovators that have brought the school to where it is today.
Our Board of Trustees benefits from the longevity of its members. A group of committed professionals has dedicated their time and energy to shepherding the school towards a bright future. Our Board of Trustees benefits from the longevity of its members. A group of committed professionals has dedicated their time and energy to shepherding the school towards a bright future.
With only eight headmasters since 1889, Thornton Academy has been led by strong individuals devoted to the well-being of the school. Our current headmaster is both an alum and a parent, celebrating the legacy and tradition that is commonly found at Thornton Academy.
A message from our Headmaster
Welcome to Thornton Academy! I am so pleased that you are interested in learning about our school and all that Thornton Academy has to offer.
We are an independent day and boarding school with a proud, 200-year tradition of excellence. Our students attend Thornton Academy from dozens of towns throughout southern Maine, nearby states, and over 20 different countries.
The geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of our student body creates a unique and dynamic learning environment that fosters a greater appreciation of both our individual differences and the values we share in common. Among those shared values are Thornton Academy’s Core Pillars of Respect, Responsibility, Compassion and Investment – values that guide our work and how we treat one another within our school community.
Thornton Academy is a school where students can be who they are, and discover who they aspire to be. We are dedicated to supporting the individual needs and goals of every student by offering the most comprehensive program you’ll find anywhere. Our students are encouraged to explore interests and discover their passion among our vast academic, arts, athletic, and community service offerings. The opportunities for students are endless:
- Over 200 academic course offerings
- 26 Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- 6 world languages, including Arabic and Chinese
- Orchestra, choral, jazz, drama, visual arts, and dance
- Engineering, computer programming, robotics, and 3-D animation
- Championship caliber athletic teams
- Over 40 student clubs
- Opportunities for middle school students to enroll in honors level high school courses; and opportunities for high school students to earn college credits through our unique college and university partnerships
Regardless of your interests or abilities, there is a place for you at Thornton Academy. Our school community is warm, welcoming, and diverse. We are a school where students build strong relationships with dedicated teachers, and student friendships that last a lifetime. Our faculty and staff will challenge you to be your best, and support you every step of the way.
I invite you to visit our campus, meet our faculty and staff, talk to students, and learn how you can join our school community.
Rene M. Menard '88
Board of Trustees
Since 1811, the Thornton Academy Board of Trustees has demonstrated exemplary leadership, generous philanthropic support, and meaningful commitment on behalf of its students and community. Many of our Trustees are alumni, parents, community members, or others invested in Thornton Academy's commitment to excellence.
Eric A. Purvis ’81 – President
Vangel Cotsis '85
Philip Fearon '70
Bernard Gaines '65
Joel J. Levesque '85
Tim Murphy '78
Margaret O'Neil '72
Kirk Purvis '93
Dr. Paul Remmes
Mark Willett '65
As a parent of three current Thornton Academy students, their collective experiences provide us with daily reminders of how fortunate we are to have the exceptional teachers, staff, curriculum and campus delivering an education that is truly second to none.
vangel cotsis '85, board of trustees member