Our Pillars

At Thornton Academy Middle School, our pillars of Respect, Responsibility, Compassion and Investment are the cornerstone of our school community. We do not simply have our pillars written on our walls, they are  part of the fabric of everyday life at TAMS.
Student recognitions are based on the pillars. Our consequences are based on the pillars. We spend considerable time with our students helping them define and understand what our pillars mean and what they look like in our school community.  Our pillars provide students with a foundation to help them grow socially, emotionally, and navigate through this sometimes awkward and difficult stage of adolescence. 
One of our goals at TAMS is to help students become respectful, responsible, compassionate and invested young adults in the classroom, on the playing field and on the stage! Our pillars embody who we are and who we want to be.

The Thornton Academy Pillars


Respect defines treatment of one’s self and others.  We recognize differences among members of our community, act with character and integrity, and are aware of how our actions impact others.  To honor our surrounding environment, we are polite, humble, proud, and appreciative.


We show responsibility by embracing individual ownership of behaviors and choices, making informed decisions and demonstrating maturity, accountability, preparedness, timeliness, integrity, and purpose.


Compassionate individuals know how to relate to and understand the opinions and experiences of others.  We improve the quality of our school community by showing thoughtfulness and gratitude as we encounter new perspectives. We foster our growth and relevance through connection, acceptance and celebration of differences.


Investment involves the act of being aware of one’s actions, setting appropriate goals, and consistently assessing our progress.  Investment takes many forms, but the best practitioners are engaged, committed, persistent, caring, energetic and willing to take risks.  By being invested in our school, our time and efforts are valued by all.

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