Support Thornton Academy

Your gift benefits every student.

Thanks to the continued support of alumni and friends like you, the Thornton Annual Fund fuels curiosity in the classroom, confidence in our student athletes, and creativity in our artists. The landscape of the campus may have changed over the years, but our tradition of excellence continues to span generations.

The Thornton Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our school’s fundraising efforts. It maintains the level of excellence you’ve come to expect from TA. When you donate to the Annual Fund, your gift has an immediate impact on our students, and makes a difference in their lives each and every day.  

Annual Fund Priorities:
• Arts & ​​Athletics
• Classroom/Lab Supplies
• Facility Maintenance
• Free Meals for Students in Need
• Professional Development
• Technology Advances

Thornton Academy offers comprehensive programming and rigorous coursework for a wide variety of disciplines, along with individualized support systems for our most at-risk students. But TA is not able to provide all of this on public funds alone. Public funding provides only 65% of TA's operating revenue. The remaining 35% is derived from private tuition and fundraising. Thornton Academy’s loyal supporters have helped construct buildings, renovate athletic facilities, modernize technology all around campus, and maintain the school's elegant and historic buildings. Please consider making a gift, establishing a planned gift, contributing to the Thornton Fund, or getting involved on campus. As always, our Development staff are available should you have any questions.

Thanks to the continued support of alumni and friends like you, the Thornton Annual Fund fuels curiosity in the classroom, confidence in our student athletes, and creativity in our artists. We understand that you may not be in a position to give to Thornton Academy during these uncertain times. For those of you who can, please consider making TA a giving priority this spring. Your gift, of any size, is so important because many others may not be able to give at all.

Hear more about the tremendous impact your generosity has on our students from Mia and Hannah!

Why I Give

Our past accomplishments, as well as the successes that lie ahead, are built on the strengths of our core values, our traditions, and our ability to envision a future that is as strong as our past.

rene menard '88, headmaster

Thornton is a major asset of the community so investing in TA to help Saco as a whole makes sense to me. This project is the next major step in a very well thought out and executed plan that has included new classrooms, dorms to accommodate International students, and a new STEM center. I am very confident in the future of this institution and its long term positive influence on my old hometown.

roger miles '65

The Thornton community gave me a lot as a young person. I feel fortunate to be able to give back to a wonderful institution.

david sherman '59

My child has gained valuable knowledge and many friendships at Thornton Academy. He has matured and appreciates all the lessons he learned. Thank you for providing my child with an unforgettable high school experience! We should make a financial contribution towards the beautiful future of Thornton Academy.

anna zhao, parent

I am proud to be a graduate of Thornton Academy. I received many things of value in the years I attended and I believe one should give back to others whenever one is in a position to do so.

jerry gaudette '59

What is the Thornton Fund?

Annual giving to the Thornton Fund provides critical support to our programs and allows us to maintain our buildings, grounds, and facilities, as well as expand academic opportunities, enhance campus life, and encourage the developing minds of our students. Our alumni, parents, trustees, and friends know that they can help meet students' needs while enjoying tax benefits for their generosity. Memorial gifts to the school are also a special way to honor loved ones.

What is the Capital Campaign?

The purpose of the Athletic Complex Capital Campaign is to generate funding for the construction of a field house and the renovation of Linnell Gymnasium. The fundraising goal of the Athletic Complex Capital Campaign is $3,000,000. Thornton’s new athletic complex will be the premier indoor athletic facility among Maine high schools. More importantly, our goal of serving the athletic and recreational needs of all Thornton Academy students, as well as adding a community resource, will be met.

Ways to Give