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    Thornton Academy ::: Saco, Maine ::: Northeast U.S.

    Thornton Academy, Saco, Maine


    • 15 minutes from Portland, Maine; 90 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts
    • Extensive Honors and Advanced Placement courses offered and independent study opportunities
    • Seven Foreign Languages offered
    • 1,630 students (grades 7-12); 10% international; average class size 24 students; student/faculty ratio 15:1
    • ESL Program




    4 seasons, significant snowfall in winter

    Student Body

    1,630 students (grades 7-12); 10% international

    Average Class Size

    24 students


    243 Faculty 37% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% university placement include Boston College, Brown University, George Washington University, Parsons School of Design, Purdue University, University of Califorina - Los Angeles among others

    Honors & AP

    Advanced Placement: Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science A, English Language & Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French, Human Geography, Latin, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics 1 & 2, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government & Politics, US History

    Honors: Algebra I, II, Arabic I, II, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese I-IV, Drawing, English (Freshman - Senior), Fine Art Portfolio, Forensics in Chemistry, French I-V, Geomentry, German I-IV, Homeric Greek I-III, Introduction to Engineering, Latin III, Modern US History, Painting, Physical Science, Physics, Pottery, Pre-Calculus, Spanish I-V, Statistics, Visual Arts

    Special Programs

    Thornton offers more than 100 elective courses and seven foreign languages including Arabic, Chinese, Latin, Greek, French, German and Spanish.

    Students who complete the Academy's rigourous STEM sequence may gain admission to the University of Maine's College of Engineering program with sophomore standing.

    Marking System

    Grade reports are issued on a quarterly basis

    Programs of Study

    The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

    English - 4 credits
    Social Studies/History - 3 credits
    Mathematics - 3 credits
    Science - 3 credits
    Fine Arts - 1 credit
    Physical Education - 1 credit
    Health &Wellness - 0.5 credits
    Electives - 6.5 credits

    World Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Homeric Greek, Latin, Spanish


    SAT Score: Mean SAT = 1477


    Thornton Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges


    Sports: Baseball, Basketball,Cheerleading, Cross-country. Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


    Arts: 42 offerings in the Arts, including dance, music, theater, performance groups and the visual arts

    Extracurricular Activities

    Nearly 50 extracurricular opportunities including academic decathalon, Amnesty International, animal rights club, art club, Chinese club, classics club, cycling club, concert choir, debate team, environmental club, German club, literary arts magazine, jazz combo, math team, Model U.N., National Honor Society, robotics, Science Olympiad, Spanish club,speech team, Thornton Academy Players, among others

    Campus Features:

    The Academy is nestled on 80 acres (32 hectares) in the safe, scenic coastal town of Saco, Maine.  Saco is a friendly, close knit community with abundant resourses for outdoor enthusiasts.  Academy facilities include a newly-renovated library, an Arts and Media Center and STEM laboratories, 500-seat auditorium, an engineering lab, art studios, television studio, a dining commons, student and faculty residences, athletic stadium, athletic stadium with lights, turf and track, tennis courts and athletic fields.

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