High School


Thornton Academy 桑頓中學 (緬因州 ME)


Thornton Academy, founded in 1811, is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school serving grades 6 through 12, it is located on Maine's southern coast in the city of Saco.

Building on a tradition of strong college-preparatory programming, Thornton's academic approach encourages creative and critical thinking and self-discovery through comprehensive core offerings in English, math, history, science, fine arts and wellness as well.


Courses include AP (advanced placement), honors, foreign language, fine and performing arts, technology and business courses.


Thornton’s historic 80-acre campus is located near some of the finest beaches, ski mountains, scenic areas, and cultural offerings in New England. It is about 90-minute drive from Boston, and 15 minutes from Portland, a vibrant, small city with a working waterfront.

The Basics
Setting 90 miles from Boston
School Type Private coed boarding school
Tuition US$42,000 - $43,000
Housing Homestay or boarding
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General Information
State Maine (ME)
Location Saco
Nearest City Portland
Environment Small town
Campus Size 80 acres
Year Founded 1811
Admission Req.m HK F.3
Academic Calendar Fall/ Summer
Level Offered Grade 9-12
Enrollment Approximately 1220 students
Student-to-Teacher 14:1


With over 200 courses on offered, Thornton Academy has some of the most comprehensive academic and arts programs in New England.

Programs include

Adv Math, Alg II/Geometry, Anat & Phy, AP Calculus AB, AP Lit/Comp, AP Stats, Astronomy, Calculus A, CP English IV, CT Math IV, English IV, Envir Sci, Honors Eng IV, Marine Biology, Political Sci..

Arts Programs

The arts programs are extensive, they have dance classes and dance studio, as well as a dance company, multiple bands and an orchestra that performs at different events throughout the year.  

Special Program

Thornton Academy has a program with the Biddeford Center of Technology that allows students to learn and discover career paths, and earn industry certifications, and college credits.





Arts & New Media Center

The advanced technology provides the tools for courses such as Music Technology, Game Design Development, Technical Writing in an iPad World, and Video Production.

STEM Center

The state-of-the-art STEM Center includes four biology and chemistry laboratories, and one engineering lab. It allows the school to strengthen and expand its regular and AP curriculums.

The center features ceiling mounted cord reels, ample fume hoods, Apple TVs, movable tables and chairs, demonstration stations, teacher prep rooms and daylighting support inquiry-based learning.

Media Center

It features the TATV television studio, and hosts classes in computer programming, multimedia production, journalism, and video game programming.

Other Campus Facilities

Garland Auditorium, Linnell Gymnasium, Hyde Library, Hill Stadium, tennis courts, athletic fields, classroom buildings, theater, arts wing, television studio, student and faculty residences, athletic stadium with a track and numerous playing fields.

School Life

Thornton Academy offers more than 50 sports teams and 40 after-school clubs and activities, creating plenty of opportunity for students to pursue their passions and discover new talents.

If they don’t have what you need, you can your own club by finding a teacher willing to be an advisor.

Arts and Music Programs

Art Club, Ink Magazine, Jazz Combo, Orchestra, Photography Club, Student Media Team, TA Players, Technical Theater Crew, Treble Choir.

Recreational Athletic Programs

Cycling club, Equestrian club, Ski club.

Popular Clubs or Organizations

Academic Decathlon, Ambassadors Club, Amnesty International Club, Astronomy Club, Carpe Diem (Newspaper), Chinese Language & Culture Club, Classics Club, Debate Team, Environmental Club, Fashion Design Club, French Club, German Club, GSTA, Interact Club, Math Team, Model United Nations, Neuroscience Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Robotics Team, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Student Council, TA Tour Guides, Table Top Game Club etc..


The Thornton Academy boys tennis program is currently one of the most accomplished in Class A. In the past eight seasons, the squad has advanced to the regional semifinal round or beyond in the Maine Principals’ Association state team playoffs.

Tennis capital of Maine

Saco is considered the high school tennis capital of Maine. Tennis is the oldest sport at Thornton Academy and dates to the last decade of the nineteenth century. In the spring of 1893, the school offered an intramural girls tennis program, the first sport sponsored by Thornton Academy.


The food is also great, the school offers a salad bar, hot soups, and a cultural dish every day.

In short

Thornton Academy is a great school. There are so many opportunities from class ranges to athletics. The classes range from foundations through AP classes, and there are many language courses to choose from. The teachers are connected to the students and the Sports, Arts and STEM programs are amazing.

Thornton offers a safe and supportive environment where every student can find their place. Here, students are free to express their own individual ideas, cultures, and dreams, and all students benefit from our unique campus environment and its global perspective.

The athletics is outstanding and the school encourages students from all different diversities to attend.

For an international student and want a dorm experience and a good learning environment, Thornton Academy would be a good choice for you.

Saco, the town

Saco is a very safe and family friendly town, it is a small, quiet and scenic Maine oceanfront community.

The town is surrounded by nature and is a 25 minute drive (I-95) away from downtown Portland. Mountains are within an hour for those interested in skiing, ten minutes away from Maine's beautiful beaches.