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Shadow Day Request

Participating in a shadow day allows you to get the true picture of what your Thornton Academy experience could be like.

Shadow Day Request Form


Thornton Academy schedules shadow days for prospective students on normal school days Monday - Friday during the school year. Our final date for Shadow Days for the 21-22 school year will be May 31. 

Student Namerequired
First Name
Last Name
Parent Namerequired
First Name
Last Name
At least one week from today, please. (Must contain a date in M/D/YYYY format)
At least one week from today, please. (Must contain a date in M/D/YYYY format)
At least one week from today, please. (Must contain a date in M/D/YYYY format)
Are you planning to move to Saco, Dayton, or Arundel before next school year? required
Current Graderequired
Would you like a campus tour on the same day as the shadow visit? required

Meet our students!

Click on the photos below to read about TA students just like the ones you'll meet on your shadow day. 

Owen '21 | China

a student at graduation

Thornton Academy is so much more than a school. Yes, the classes are challenging, the course offerings are varied, and the teachers supported my learning in so many ways, but it is what's outside the classroom that truly makes Thornton Academy so special. 

Eden '23 | Maine

a student smiles outside in the quad

From being in the ensemble of the musicals, to playing in the school orchestra, to creating the Student Library Advisory Board, I’ve gotten to truly understand how important the arts are to the world and how much creativity and passion can connect people to each other.

What makes Thornton Academy the right choice for so many students? 

  • Incredible academics. You choose from 200+ courses in 8 academic departments. Want to study Psychology, AP Environmental Science, Arabic, play the cello in our orchestra, and be a part of our dance company? At Thornton Academy, you can do it all! 

  • A beautiful campus. Thornton Academy's campus is large, green, safe, and close to it all. We are located only 90 minutes from Boston, 5 minutes from the beach, and an easy walk from shops, restaurants, and cafés. No wonder our students consider Thornton Academy to be their second home! 

  • Teachers who truly care about their students. Our teachers are more than teachers - they are mentors, friends, supporters, and cheerleaders to our students. Teaching at Thornton Academy is a passion and a career - most of our teachers have over 20 years experience. 

  • A boarding experience like no other. As a Thornton Academy boarding student, you join our community of learners, athletes, artists, explorers, creators, and travelers. Living where you learn allows you to maximize your experience and make friends that you will have for life. 

  • Top-level athletics. Whether you have years of experience or want to try one of our 24 sports for the first time, our coaches will support you as you train to become the best you can be! With 10 outdoor fields, a historic indoor gymnasium, a running/walking trail on campus, and over 100 years of athletic experience, Thornton Academy ranks in the top 1% of U.S. high schools for athletics. 

  • Unbelievable arts. Thornton Academy features visual arts (painting, drawing, illustration, photography, pottery, sculpture) and performing arts (choir, band, jazz band, orchestra, acting, theater production, dance). Our students go on to study at top arts universities and perform nationally and internationally. 

  • A global community. Our students come from over 50 different countries, but most are local day students. Get ready to make a diverse group of friends that will stick with you for life! 

Best of Maine 2021!

We are thrilled to have been voted Best Private School in Maine for the second year in a row. Our students arrive with varied interests and abilities, and with strengths and needs that span a broad continuum. It is our responsibility and honor to answer in kind, providing many doors of possibility for students to open and enter. At Thornton Academy, there are as many different avenues of exploration as there are different kinds of students, and we invite each student to ‘Be who they are, and become who they want to be.'

headmaster rene menard '88

Students and teacher work together in science class
students cheer at a pep rally