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Thornton Academy

Location: Maine



Thornton (TA) is an independent 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 nearly 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.

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 as in a full range of advanced placement, honors, foreign language, fine and performing arts, wellness, technology, and business courses. By combining a strong core program with a range of electives, students’ abilities are challenged and their interests are met. Thornton strives to provide a personalized approach while being large enough to offer a broad range of opportunities for students. TA will offers courses in seven foreign languages, nine AP courses, evening courses, and online courses made possible by TAOnline, a virtual course management system.

Quick facts

  • Housing Options: Boarding
  • Tuition and Fees: specific tuition and cost information available from your in-country representative
  • ESL: Yes
  • Specific Application Requirements:
    • Grade levels 9-12
    • GPA of 2.5
    • SLEP score of 40
    • Skype interview required
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