Apple Distinguished School

Thornton Academy is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018 for its integrative approach to technology through a one-to-one iPad Initiative. Launched in the fall of 2014 to equip students and staff with the tools necessary for success in a 21st century learning environment, the initiative strategically aligns Professional Development and curriculum goals. Now in our third year of deployment, all students in grades 8 through 12 are issued an iPad mini, while all students in grades 6 and 7 are issued an 11-inch MacBook Air. Faculty members are issued iPad devices and 13-inch MacBook laptops. The devices allow for engaged learning that is tailored to best fit the needs of our students. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. Read more about this recognition here.

Technology Facilities

Thornton Academy continually renovates the infrastructure of its historic campus and reviews its curriculum to provide our students with the most technologically-advanced preparation for 21st century careers. 

The modern Technology & New Media Center hosts five new classrooms. This space offers a brightly-lit, welcoming area where courses like Music Technology, Game Design Development, Technical Writing in an iPad World, and Video Production are taught. Classrooms integrate the latest technology–from computers to tablets to video cameras. The Professional Development and Support Center provides faculty instruction in iPad applications. The TV Studio provides students the opportunity to conduct interviews and a Green Screen is also available for shoots.

In Fall 2015 a $2 million STEM Center (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) addition to the Scamman Science Building opened for classes. The addition includes four state-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratory classrooms, each a spacious 1,400 square feet. Learn more about STEM here.


Since the year 2000, TATV has been managed by a team of student leaders who have a passion for creative video work and for broadcast journalism, under the guidance of teacher and video professional Jeff Christenbury. TATV receives content for airing from the TV Production, Advanced TV Production and Honors TATV Studio classes, TA's Communications Department, the City of Saco, and non-profit organizations that have educational content to share. You may watch TATV in the following ways: on public access Channel 3 in Saco; on YouTube at; and on Livestream at Manager Information: Jeff Christenbury or 207-602-4473.

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