Middle School Admissions

Join our supportive environment where students can grow and thrive.

TAMS is an ideal setting for adolescents to experiment, grow, and discover themselves in a supportive and nurturing environment. The small, close-knit community allows teachers to provide an individualized approach in the classroom, which in turn works to encourage motivated and high achieving students who need to be stretched and challenged. TAMS builds a foundation of trust and support for those students who need extra care and support in specific areas. 

Ready to take the next step? The application process is simple, and our team is ready to support you every step of the way. 

We are currently accepting application for grades 6, 7, 8 on a rolling basis for the 2024-25 school year. Applications for 2025-26 are also open.

step-by-step admissions process

Financial Aid

Thornton Academy offers need-based financial aid to qualifying families who complete an aid application through Clarity. Please understand that it is not always possible to provide an award that fully matches the demonstrated need of every family. To be considered for financial aid, please submit the completed Clarity application, along with the required supplemental documents, as a part of your admission process. 

82% of TAMS families who apply for financial aid are granted an award! 

Questions about financial aid? Call the admissions office at 207-282-5383 or email admissions@thorntonacademy.org.

The Thornton Academy Advantage in grades 6-12

  • Individualized approach to learning beginning in the middle school years
  • More opportunities for learning and growth, with over 200 courses at the upper school
  • Diversity and multiculturalism is celebrated on campus
  • Students are supported and encouraged by a wide network of teachers, counselors, staff, and peers
  • Endless opportunities to discover who you aspire to be
  • State of the art facilities to inspire students to dream big


We are pleased to assist students and families throughout the application process. If you'd like to talk with us before you apply, email admissions@thorntonacademy.org or call us at 207-282-5383.

If you live in Dayton, simply fill out the Intent to Enroll Form for Dayton Residents

If you live in Arundel, simply fill out the Intent to Enroll Form for Arundel Residents

Families residing in Dayton and Arundel are guaranteed admission to TAMS at no cost to the family if the registration form is submitted by April 15.

The changes that we have witnessed in both of our children are astounding.  Both daughters are flourishing in the classroom and in life. TAMS was exactly what our family needed at the most critical time.  Thank you for everything that you and your staff do to make TAMS the place that it is. 

jason littlefield, parent

two girls and their teacher
students jump off the gazebo
a teacher poses with the trojan mascot
students watch the teacher in art class
athletes on the track
students in the quad in winter