Student Support Services

We support you. Whoever you are, whatever you need, we will do our best to help you do your best.

Thornton Academy has a comprehensive system in place to help students identify areas of concern and support students in finding success. The Student Services Team is comprised of school counselors, deans, social workers, special education faculty, school nurses, and other support professionals. Teachers and members of the Student Services Team work closely to help each student build a positive academic experience and continue to progress. Students and/or parents concerned about academic performance should speak to to the student's teacher and/or a school counselor who may suggest interventions or alternative actions to help with progress in classes.

Our focus is not just one type of student that has one type of goal.  We're here for everyone.  We are attentive to the needs of students of every ability, of every background, of every need.

carol taranko '92, senior director of school administration

Student Services at Thornton Academy

Social Work

The mission underlying the provision of Social Work services at Thornton Academy is to support, develop, and assist in the implementation of student services, and the goals and objectives of the school by providing support to students and staff in the area of social/emotional health, as it relates to students’ overall wellbeing and academic progression.

For more information, Please refer to the Social Work Disclosure Statement


The Deans' Office works on behalf of students, parents, and teachers to ensure a safe learning environment for students, staff, and guests at Thornton Academy. The deans oversee the school's policies and rules in regards to student behavior on school property, in attendance at school, at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place, on or off campus, directly interferes with the operations or general welfare of the school communities. In addition, the deans oversee the school's attendance policy, reflecting on Thornton's firm belief that consistent attendance is essential in order for students to find academic success and earn credits steadily toward graduation. The deans' work to guide students to adhere to the guiding principles as defined by The Four Pillars of Community Life of Thornton Academy, which enhance our shared experience, informing our actions and attitudes.

Dean of Class of 2019: Greg Paradis

Dean of Class of 2020: Kevin Kezal

Dean of Class of 2021: Lauren Roche

Dean of Class of 2022: Nick Tabor

Health Services

The health and well-being of our students and staff is a priority at Thornton Academy. With three full time school nurses on campus (one at the upper school, one at the middle school, and one in the residential life program), our nursing team coordinates health services for our students and are available for drop-in care throughout the school day. Our nurses are an important component of our Student Services Team which supports student success through acute and long-term health care needs which may impact a student’s school experience. 

Other Services

Our Student Services Team, which includes school counselors, deans, special educators, social workers, a 504 coordinator, nurses, and administrators work to create a support system which meets individual student needs.  With a long-term goal of supporting students' transition to post-secondary life, the team is available to assess needs and create and implement plans to address a variety of learning needs.  For more information about support services available, please contact the Senior Director of School Administration.

Teacher and student working together