Quick Facts

Academics & Faculty

  • Serving grades 6-12
  • Over 200 Courses offered in various subjects including: STEM, Visual & Performing Arts, Humanities, Language, and more.
  • 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 114 faculty members; 72% with advanced degrees
  • 24 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 42 Honors courses
  • Seven foreign languages offered: Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, and Ancient Greek
  • Comprehensive ELL (English Language Learning) program, with four levels offered. We also offer two levels of ELL US History, as well as ELL Lab.
  • Opportunity to earn college credits through our university partnerships
  • Students in grades 6-7 are assigned laptops; Grades 8-12 are assigned i-Pads


  • Total number of students: 1630
  • Co-ed
  • Day students come from 27 Maine communities; Boarding students come from all across the U.S. and the world
  • 10% international students
  • 35 countries represented in the international program


  • Located on 80 acres in the safe and scenic coastal town of Saco, Maine
  • 90 minutes from Boston; 15 minutes from Portland
  • New STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) laboratories and classrooms, designed to support 21st century learning.
  • New Media Center includes a TV studio, complete with green screen and recording booth.
  • 500-seat Garland Auditorium includes professional audio and lighting equipment.
  • Newly-renovated Mary Weymouth Library gives students access to books, DVDs, periodicals, laptops, desktop computers, and more. 
  • State-of-the-art dance studio used for all levels of dance, from Dance I through Dance Company.
  • O'Neill Gallery displays student art throughout the year.

University Preparation

  • 100% University acceptance rate
  • 80 colleges and universities visit campus each year; college fair occurs on campus annually
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guidance counselors assist students each step of the way, from selecting their courses, to preparing their college applications.
  • Diploma Endorsements offered in STEM, STEM Applied, New Media, Fine Arts, and Advanced Studies.
  • University partnerships with the University of Maine School of Engineering and the University of New England.
  • Aspirations Program (Early College Program) enables juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level courses to earn college and high school credits. Courses are offered at the University of Maine System (USM Portland, Gorham, Saco Island), Southern Maine Community College, and York County Community College.
  • International Student Assistance:
    • Golden Edge Program prepares students for SAT, TOEFL, and university applications.
    • The Director of International College Counseling and the International College Counselor have more than 50 years of experience in college counseling and have sent more than 5,000 high school students to college during their careers.
    • The TOEFL test center is 20 minutes away and transportation is provided. The program’s goal is to have our students score at least 100 on TOEFL iBT.

Extracurricular Activities & Athletics

  • 57 Athletic Teams; Visit the Athletics page for a complete list.
  • 46 After-School Clubs; Visit the Activities page for a complete list.
  • 54 athletic (team & individual) state championships won in the past 10 years.
  • Dozens of opportunities for community service throughout the year

Residential Life

  • 6 Recently-built dormitories with 70 double-occupancy rooms.
  • 200 Boarding students
  • Dorms are supervised by 'dorm parents'; faculty & staff members that live in the dormitories full-time with their families.
  • Each dorm provides multiple bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchenettes, and student lounges.
  • Each room includes a bed, a desk, a wardrobe, a dresser, a bookshelf, and a chair for each student. 
  • All students have access to the campus-wide wi-fi service, dorm lounges with big screen TVs, pianos, and a new outdoor basketball court.
  • Three meals a day are provided in the dining commons.
  • Students can also choose to live with local homestay families. Homestay families are selected and matched to students by our own Director of Homestay.
  • Weekend activities are offered to all residential students, and include: sports events, outdoor adventure activities, concerts, shopping, visits to Portland and Boston, and many more.

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Thornton Academy
438 Main Street
Saco, Maine 04072
(207) 282-3361
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