Be healthy, be well, be your best you.

The Wellness Department at Thornton Academy strives to help students achieve total well-being in the many different dimensions of health and wellness. Wellness isn’t limited to physical aspects; it includes mental, social, and emotional health as well. Here at Thornton Academy, the many areas of Wellness are addressed in a way that fits each student’s individual lifestyle, interests, and strengths. All students take three semester-long classes.  Freshmen take Principles of Personal Fitness; sophomores take Current Issues in Wellness. Finally, students choose from among several options, including athletic program participation, to fulfill their physical activity requirement.

The Wellness Department offers many electives to students with interests in the health and wellness fields. Students currently can take Applied Exercise Science, Sport Psychology, and/or Nutrition. Periodically, courses in topics such as stress management, sport in American culture, and CPR/first aid are offered. Teachers in the Wellness Department look forward to being part of every TA student’s educational experience.

- christopher kohl, wellness department chair

featured class: Applied exercise science

Applied Exercise Science is a unique class that is offered by Thornton Academy. Students who are looking to go into a health profession, work in the athletic industry, or get involved in coaching have this fantastic opportunity to be introduced to the studies of exercise physiology, human performance, motor learning, motor development and many other topics. 

The wellness department is a fun and enthusiastic group of amazing people. They are always happy to see you and they make everything entertaining and interesting no matter what you’re doing!

olivia howe '19

Wellness Courses

Wellness Faculty

Craig Agreste

Wellness Teacher, Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach, Residential Life Staff

Kirk Agreste

Middle School Wellness Teacher, TAMS Cross Country & Track Head Coach, Cross Country Head Coach

Christopher Kohl

Wellness Department Chair, Assistant Boys Tennis Coach

Carol LaBonte

Wellness Teacher

Keil Martin

Wellness Coach
students stretch on the track during wellness class