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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 student experience like no other. As a Thornton Academy  student, you join our community of learners, athletes, artists, explorers, creators, and volunteers. Our 40+ clubs encourage you to discover and pursue your passions, whether it's angling on Maine's lakes and rivers, volunteering with our community service clubs, or tending to our garden with our environmental club. Or all of them! 

  • 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! 

Register for the TAMS Virtual Open House at 7pm on March 31



Thornton Academy Middle School's virtual open house will be held at 7:00pm EST on Wednesday, March 31. It will be held on Zoom. Once you register, we will send you the link for the Zoom webinar.


Student Grade 20-21
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Best of Maine 2020!

We are thrilled to have been voted Best Private School in Maine, in both the elementary school and secondary school categories. 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

Affording Thornton Academy

At Thornton Academy, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to pursue their passions. Welcoming a diverse student body is at the core of who we are. We commit to offering support to families to make a Thornton Academy education affordable and accessible. 

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