Support Thornton Academy

Your gifts empower TA students to be who they are and become who they want to be! 

By giving to the Thornton Fund, alumni and friends like you empower Thornton Academy students to develop confidence by benefitting from the breadth of opportunity that is unmatched in our area. By taking advantage of a multitude of class choices and a large variety of athletic, arts, and club offerings, our students can be who they are, and grow into who they want to be in the future—both inside and outside the classroom.  Your gift will pave the way for all students to explore and find their own path. 

On behalf of Thornton Academy students, we thank you for your support.

Annual Fund Priorities: 

  • Free Meals for students in need
  • Weekend nutrition for our students in need through the Backpack Program
  • Increased access to technology and internet capabilities during a time of remote learning 
  • Necessities like glasses, sneakers, and equipment that students would otherwise go without
  •  Arts & ​​Athletics
  •  Classroom/Lab Supplies
  •  Facility Maintenance
  •  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 if you have questions.


Learn about our Athletic Complex Captial Campaign.

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 $3,500,000. 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