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Join us for a VIRTUAL Open House on Wednesday, October 7 at 6pm EST! 

You're invited to VIRTUALLY visit Thornton Academy's beautiful campus and learn more about why NOW is the best time to consider a private school education! Find out about enrolling in both our middle school and upper school (grades 6-12), and about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Register below—open to all prospective students and families!

This month's Virtual Open House will feature Technology at TA. Lauren Levesque, Technology Coordinator will speak about how Thornton Academy's 1:1 iPad program and designation as an Apple Distinguished School have made our transition to hybrid learning an easy adjustment for both teachers and students. Also joining us will be two current Thornton Academy students who will describe how technology at Thornton Academy has improved their educational experience. 

Thornton Academy's virtual open house will be held at 6:00pm EST on Wednesday, October 7. It will be held on Zoom. Once you register, we will send you the link for the Zoom webinar. 

Why attend the virtual open house?

  • Learn how a private school education sets students up for success after high school. 

  • Discover how Thornton Academy's Apple Distinguished School distinction and 1:1 iPad program supports students to excel in a remote learning environment. 
  • Explore Thornton Academy's diverse academic offerings: 200+ classes at the Upper School, including many electives in arts, technology & new media, foreign language, and STEM. 
  • Become reassured that our mission of 'preparing students for a changing world' is more relevant now than ever. 


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What do our teachers say about online learning?

student using an iPad in Engineering class

I already post daily to class websites and Google Classroom for each of my classes so a jump to teaching from out of school won't be too difficult from the tech side. We're very lucky that the school administration and Technology Department have supported the teachers for years. We laid the groundwork to be able to pull this off years ago.

john raby, history teacher

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Google Classroom has already been an invaluable tool for me to share materials, lectures, activities and differentiation with my students - I have been using it for a few years now and it is easy to use with tools familiar to our kids. They see daily agendas, links to assignments, and a calendar with due dates - and, occasionally, a crazy cat video. Students can ask me questions directly on an assignment in a private comment or they can email me directly through the Classroom. We can also have group conservations through Google Questions and students can post to our wall if they want to share something with the whole class.  If you want to see updates about your child as a parent or guardian, you can email your child’s teacher and receive a Google Classroom subscription newsletter. With Google Classroom, we build our classroom community - and will be able to maintain that community with remote learning.

barbara barklow, english teacher

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In my classroom, technology is already omnipresent. Students access and submit homework through Google classroom. Students also use iBooks I've created with written and significant video content. In addition, technology allows my students to access the newest science taking place around the world through online journal articles and curricular resources that are not outdated. While I prefer face to face class meetings, the iPad program allows every student to engage with their studies as we have trained all year long, with only minor adjustments to the delivery of the material.   

dan frost, science teacher

teacher working on a laptop

In my classes, all workflow is through Google Classroom. Students download and modify PDFs of documents in Notability, collaborate on documents using Google Docs and Google Slides, and log into lectures using Nearpod. While this usually occurs in class, it makes the transition to online learning seamless. I encourage students to contact me using email and Google Hangouts for any questions or problems, ever.

jason cote, history teacher

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Making the transition to remote learning is something I felt really comfortable with as a teacher who uses technology in the classroom a lot already. And as the only German teacher, I've had to get creative with remote learning and technology use before. (Finding a German-speaking sub can be difficult!) Prepping video lessons, teaching live remotely, and giving assessments online are all things I've done before, and things I do in my classes already on a smaller scale. The difference now is that instead of only me being away from school, everyone is away from school and in their own space, which presents new challenges. So far, the students' comfort with using technology in my classes has been a huge help, but coordinating schedules and working out bugs will take some time. I'm happy everyone is being so flexible, banding together, and seeing this as an opportunity to learn and grow. I couldn't imagine trying to pull this off without our 1-to-1 iPad program.

Adrianne Curtis, German teacher

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