Campus Safety

Current Status: Safe

The campus is operating under normal conditions.

In the event of an emergency, this site will be updated with information about the nature of the incident, how to remain safe, and the point at which safety has been restored after the event.

Thornton Academy Safe Campus Policy Statement

Thornton Academy is committed to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus. In order to maintain a safe school environment, Thornton Academy may determine on a case by case basis that an individual may present an adverse presence to the Thornton community, and may determine that such individual not be allowed to be present on school property or at school sponsored events and functions unless specifically authorized to do so pursuant to the Academy's established processes, protocols and policies. Thornton Academy has specific protocols in place to handle these determinations on a case by case basis with input from the Headmaster, Assistant Headmaster, Dean of Students, School Resource Officer and/or Director of Campus Safety. For more information about specific policies, please contact the Headmaster’s Office at (207) 282-3361, or visit

Jim Trask, Director of Campus Safety

Jim Trask started at Thornton in the spring of 2015 in a newly created position to oversee all safety and security issues at TA. Jim is a retired Maine State Police Detective, and was excited to be able to return to his alma mater. Jim graduated from TA in 1980 and has three sons who are also TA alumni. Jim lives in Dayton with his wife Sandy. Call Jim at 391-6305 (office) or visit his office in MB 118 or e-mail


Officer Matt Roberts, School Resource Officer, Saco Police Department

Call Officer Roberts at 602-4421 or visit his office in MB 118. Matt Roberts started working for the Saco Police Department in 2013 and is a graduate of the 25th Basic Law Enforcement Program. Matt completed his National Association of School Resource Officers Training in October. Matt is a TA alum who graduated in 2008 and is looking forward to working with the TA community. 

Contact Saco Police Department Dispatch: 207-284-4535 

Safety Resources

  • Parking Policy
  • Guest parking: Park in front of Fine Arts and Main Buildings see MAP
  • Visitor Check In: All visitors report to the Attendance Office in Main Building for a Visitor’s Pass (high school) or at TAMS Main Office (middle school)
  • Contractor Check In: All contractors performing work at Thornton Academy must have a contractor ID which can be picked up at Facilities or the Attendance Office.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident or Criminal Complaint: In event of a motor vehicle accident or any criminal complaints, please contact SRO Matt Roberts
  • Bullying should be reported to the TAMS Principal (middle school) or Deans Office (high school) by phone 602-4442.

During the seventh annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition in July, Thornton Academy was awarded a national recognition for its safety of athletic facilities. The award is given to high schools, colleges and many professional organizations. 
The Facility of Merit Award is given each year to facilities who achieve greatness in balancing security and fan experience.

12 facilities across America were recognized in 2016 for their leadership in safety and security issues. TA joins some esteemed facilities on a list that includes Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan (also know as the “Big House”), The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, and Yankee Stadium. 

“Having been selected by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security in 2016, Thornton Academy proves that we are nationally one of the most progressive and security-minded campuses,” Thornton Academy Director of Security Jim Trask said.  “Thornton Academy is very concerned about the safety of its staff, students and visitors to the campus and has a full time Security Director on staff as well as the school SRO.”

“The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. “These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow.”

The Gold Standard is an industry benchmark to guide sport organizations achieve their safety and security mission while balancing costs, operational efficiencies and maintaining an engaged workforce, all while enhancing the fan experience.

“TA was selected because of the protocols and policies that have been implemented over the last year,” Trask said. “We are very proud of this accomplishment and will continue to make TA a safe and enjoyable campus to learn, visit, and live at.”

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