Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
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Thornton Academy is one of biggest boarding and day schools in Saco, Maine, USA. Great facilities. Founded in 1811, Thornton Academy is one of New England's oldest college preparatory schools, an independent, coeducational middle school and high school serving grades 6 through 12. This really international boarding school welcomes students from more than 12 countries!  Diversity adds to the education experience of all our students, and we encourage students who share these ideals to apply for admission.  International students recognize the exceptional breadth of Thornton’s program of academics and athletics, at the same time appreciating Thornton’s warm and caring residential environment with its low faculty-to-student ratio and family-style living arrangements. There are also excellent summer programmes available. Thornton is an independent boarding school located in Saco, Maine, on an 80-acre campus. All students enjoy access to Garland Auditorium, Linnell Gymnasium, Hyde Library, Hill Stadium, tennis courts, athletic fields and plenty of open space. Although our school is 200 years old, students benefit from a technology-enhanced environment that's full of smart boards in the classroom, computers located throughout campus, and wireless access for laptop use.


  • 7 days boarding: 46 000 USD

School size and facilties

Located in sunny, Saco, Maine, Thornton Academy's campus is large, beautiful, and welcoming to students, staff, alumni, and community members. 
Campus facilities include eight buildings: a library, a science building, two humanities buildings, a foreign language building, an art center, an observatory, and a 500-person
theater. Sports facilities include sports fields, tracks, basketball court, and four multi-purpose stadiums.
New investments:
Dance Studio, New Media Center, Engineering Laboratory
New STEM Center expansion, featuring state-of-the-art AP Chemistry and Biology classrooms


This top boarding school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), and adheres to the rigorous standards of NEASC’s Commission on Independent Schools, considered the gold standard of quality assurance.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 42 60 102
Day School: 675 675 1350

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Year Of Foundation


Some History

Founded in 1811, Thornton Academy is one of the nation’s oldest independent schools. Originally named Saco Academy, the name was soon changed to Thornton Academy by the Board of Trustees in honor of Thomas Thornton, one of the Academy’s earliest and most generous benefactors. 

About the school

  • Dorm facilities:
    Thornton Academy has two dormitories that have Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, modern bathrooms, and lounges with big screen TVs. Rooms include a bed, desk, wardrobe,
    dresser, bookshelf, and chair for each student. Students have their own outdoor basketball court and several outdoor barbeque dinners throughout the year.
  • Dress code: Casual

Social life & attractions

Club or Organization:
Academic Decathlon, Amnesty International Club, Animation Club, Archive Club, Carpe Diem (Newspaper), Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Civil Rights, Classics Club, Creative, Environment Club, Equestrian Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), German Club, Green Team, Guitar Club, Ink (Literary Magazine), Interact Club, Math Club, National Honor Society, Outdoor Adventure Club, Peer Mediators, Philanthropy Society, Political Science, Russian Club, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Student Council, TA Tech, Table Top Game Club, TATV, Tripod (Yearbook), Volunteers of America

Why Should You Choose this School?

University Destinations:
American University, Bates College, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Bucknell University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, Tulane University, University of Rochester, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Institute of Technology, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University

Academic life

  • What we offer ?
    Thornton Academy offers more than 200 courses in a variety of subjects, including 24 advanced placement (AP) classes, 42 honors level classes, seven foreign languages, and award-winning performing and visual arts programming. Our new state-of-the-art STEM Center (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) includes four biology and chemistry laboratories, and one engineering lab. Our New Media Center features the TATV television studio, and hosts our classes in computer programming, multimedia production, journalism, and video game programming.  Outside of the classroom, Thornton Academy offers 57 sports teams and 46 after-school clubs and activities, creating plenty of opportunity for students to pursue their passions and discover new talents.

    Foreign Languages
    Ancient Greek, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish,

    AP Biology , AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Computer Science A, AP Economics, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Government & Politics - US, AP Human Geography , AP Language and Composition , AP Latin, AP Literature and Composition , AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Physics C, AP Physics I & II, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History
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Sport and culture

  • Sports what we offer:
    Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running , Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey,  Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball ,Wrestling
  • Culture and arts:
    Acting, Art History, Band, Chamber Singers, Choir, Dance, Illustration, Jazz Band, Music History, Music Technology, Painting, Piano, Print, Photography, Pottery, Rock, Sculpture, Strings Ensemble, Stage Design, Treble Choir, Visual Arts, Wind Ensemble
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Interests & Activities

  • Support programs
    ADD/ADHD Support, College Counseling, ESL: Advanced, ESL: Beginning, ESL: Intermediate, Evening Study Assistance, Learning Center, Learning Differences Support, Peer Tutoring, Study Skills Assistance, Subject Tutoring, Technology Center
  • Languages & Humanities Courses
    • Foreign Languages Courses
      Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish
  • Advanced programs
    AP Courses

Summer Programs

TA Summer Arts for Kids
TA Summer Arts for Teens 
TA Soccer Camp
TA Girl's Basketball Camp
TA Football Camp
TA Youth Football Camp
TA Summer Porgrams for International Students 
TA Field Hockey Camp 
TA Boys Basketball Summer Camp 

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Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Thornton Academy: Saco, Maine, USA | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

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

Closest International and Local Airports: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Portland International Jetport (PWM)


438 Main Street, Saco, Maine, USA 04072 , Saco, Maine, United States, Postcode - 04072
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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