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Thornton Academy's campus has a welcoming, small college feel. With buildings spanning over 80 acres for students in grades 6-12, there is a place for everyone. We have four dormitories, five classroom buildings, a separate middle school building, a 500-seat auditorium, a gymnasium, a stadium that seats 4,000 with a turf field, and eight athletic fields. Our campus is safe, green, and a great place to learn and grow.

Thornton Academy is closer than you think: only 90 minutes from Boston, 15 minutes from Maine's largest city of Portland (and an international airport), and 5 minutes from Maine's best beaches.

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Our beautiful campus

five students at a picnic table outside a dormitory

Thornton Academy's dormitories are new, high-tech, and comfortable for students grades 6-12. Other amenities include an exterior basketball court, fire pit, and easy access to sports fields and walking trail. 

a meal in atkinson dining commons featuring roast pork, broccoli, and rice

Students at Thornton Academy's have their meals in Atkinson Dining Commons. Food is healthy, delicious, and features a variety of styles and world cuisines. 

interior view of garland auditorium featuring stage and seats

Garland Auditorium seats 500 and hosts dozens of performances each year, including theater, dance, chorus, band, and orchestra. Thornton Academy students go on to become professional singers, dancers, and actors! 

a teacher and students doing pottery

Thornton Academy's visual art offerings include drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, and more. 

students and a teacher work on a project in the new media center

As an Apple Distinguished School, Thornton Academy is recognized as one of the 400 best schools for technology in the world. Our Technology & New Media has modern classrooms designed for innovation, collaboration, and creativity. 

view of the main building at dusk

The signature building on campus, the Main Building houses humanities classes like history, English, geography, economics as well as our administrative offices. When you attend Thornton Academy, you join a 200+ year history of education excellence!

birds eye view of Thornton Academy's newly renovated Hyde Library

The newly renovated Hyde Library provides a welcoming place to study, read, attend a club meeting, or relax with friends. Library resources include books, magazines, and our tech help desk to best help you with online research through our 1:1 iPad program. 

a teacher and students share a laugh in class

Thornton Academy teachers engage students with compassion and respect. You can expect your classes to be fun, lively, and inspiring! 

students walk to class among flowering trees

Thornton Academy's campus is like a small university. Walk with your friends from your favorite class to lunch! Students choose 8 out of our 200+ classes each year. 

volleyball team huddles before a match at linnell gymnasium

Historic Linnell Gymnasium hosts volleyball and basketball games. The facility also features weight rooms, locker rooms, and an athletic training office. Thornton Academy's athletic history is long and stories - join the Trojan tradition of athletic excellence! 

three students hanging out in a thornton academy dorm room

Thornton Academy dorm rooms are large and spacious. Most are for two students. Our campus will become your home! 

aerial view of thornton academy's campus

Thornton Academy's campus is large, green, safe, and a great place to call home! With 9 academic buildings, 4 dormitories, 8 athletic fields, we have something for everyone. 

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summer view of thornton hall