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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
    • 1,500 students (grades 6-12); 10% international; average class size 20 students; student/faculty ratio 14:1
    • ESL Program




    4 seasons, significant snowfall in winter

    Student Body

    1,500 students (grades 6-12); 10% international

    Average Class Size

    20 students


    243 Faculty & Staff; 83 with master's degrees and 8 with CAS or doctorate degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% university placement including Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, University of Michigan among others

    Honors & AP

    Advanced Placement courses:

    Humanities: Chinese, European History, Government & Politics, Human Geography, Language & Composition, Literature & Composition, Music Theory, Psychology, Latin, Spanish, Studio Art, US History

    Mathematics & Science: Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmenal Science, Physics 1,2 & C, Statistics

    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 

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


    SAT Score: Mean SAT = 1477


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


    Boys' sports: basketball, baseball, football, ice-hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field

    Girls' sports: basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track & field, tennis, volleyball

    Co-ed sports: cheerleading, cross-country, golf, swimming, 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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