Middle School

At TAMS, we are so much more. 

Thornton Academy Middle School (TAMS) is a place where students create, dream, and inspire! Our teachers work to create an atmosphere where all different types of learning can take place. As a small, close-knit school, we are able to take a personalized approach toward recognizing the individual needs and accomplishments of each child.

TAMS offers a wide variety of arts, clubs, and sports, and we encourage our students to discover new interests. 

Residents of Dayton and Arundel attend TAMS at no cost to their families. Residents of other towns pay tuition to attend TAMS. 

From Our Community

I would challenge any family that is looking at schools to find a school community that is going to offer the close-knit environment that we do. The care we offer our students, the support, the mentorship; I just think it's second to none.

Tiffany Robert, Middle School Principal

As a parent of a 6th grader, I am constantly worrying about my daughter and her wellbeing. TAMS has been a blessing for our family. The attention that her teachers give to Kelsey is above and beyond what I ever expected, they are constantly pushing her to dig deeper with her writing, and ask questions to improve her critical thinking skills. I can't imagine a better atmosphere for my daughter, we feel truly lucky to have found Thornton.

Current Parent

Since I started as a student at TAMS, I have felt that I belong to a family of friends and teachers. Everyone has each other's back and is looking forward to every challenge as a community.  Every day here is making me feel more confident with myself and my future.

Scout nasse '22

Thornton Academy Middle School student throwing baseball pitch

As a mom of two TAMS students, I have been so incredibly happy with the support and care that my kids get every day. Students are taught to be their very best through extracurricular activities, community service involvement, sportsmanship, and friendships.

Nicole faulkner, parent

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TAMS let me go at my own pace academically and gave me the tools I needed to succeed.

cole paulin '20

What sets TAMS apart?

students in sunglasses outside the TAMS building
Small school on a big campus

Our TAMS building is designed with middle school students in mind. But our students are also able to take advantage of all that Thornton Academy offers.

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Arts Opportunities

Arts is a key feature of Thornton Academy, grades 6-12. At TAMS, students can participate in music, dance, theater, visual arts, and have access to TA's arts facilities.