Thornton Academy Maine Summer English Language Program


Learn the English Language in Beautiful Coastal Maine in 2021

Our summer program will help you become more proficient in English, learn more about American culture, and become familiar with the process of applying to an American college or university. Our two-week or four-week sessions will help make you a better candidate for the school of your choice. For 200 years we have been preparing students for a changing world and we will help prepare you.

At Thornton Academy, we value our small and familial residential community, in which young people and adults learn, work, and play closely together. Weekend activities balance hard work with recreation. Our activities build the international community that we value at Thornton.

English Language, American Culture and the College Process

Language - The mission of the Thornton Academy English Language Summer Program is to help incoming international students improve their English speaking skills and apply them to everyday American life. Students will strengthen their speaking, reading, and research analysis skills through participation in classroom projects and off-campus activities.

College Preparation - Our experienced teachers will help you develop the skills and knowledge that you need to become a successful American high school and university student. In addition, we will visit some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States.

Cultural Immersion - After in-classroom instruction, our afternoon and evening activities will introduce you to American life by exploring our hometown of Saco, the historic city of Portland, and both coastal and mountainous Maine. We will visit world-class art museums and participate in social activities with Thornton Academy students from surrounding communities.

Summer School Tuition fee 2021
To be announced

The price includes all activities, classes, excursions, accommodations, and airport transfers to and from the Portland International Jetport (PWM). International and domestic travel to/from Portland, Maine is not included in the price.

About Thornton Academy

Thornton Academy is one of the oldest schools in Maine. Located in the coastal city of Saco, Thornton is 15 miles from Portland, Maine, and 90 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, with rivers, lakes and mountains within driving distance. Thornton is accessible by bus, interstate highway or by Amtrak train, which makes five round trips to Boston daily from the local station less than a mile from campus. There are three nearby major airports in Portland, Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire

Natural Beauty of Our State

Trips and activities will take advantage of and appreciate Maine’s world-famous rocky and sandy beaches, beautiful forestland and mountain ranges.

Weekend excursion #1 
Boston, America’s Birthplace: We will explore early history of the United States, while visiting some of the best universities in the U.S., such as: Harvard University, MIT, and Boston University.

Weekend excursion #2 
Acadia National Park: We will get in touch with the coastal beauty of Maine on this trip to one of America’s precious national parks. We will hike and explore Acadia National Park on the beautiful, rocky coast of Maine. We will also visit the University of Maine, a top-tier public university.

Weekend excursion #3 
Whitewater Rafting: We will venture up to the famous Maine woods for an exciting whitewater rafting trip down the Kennebec River. We will also experience a campfire and the beauty of a starry night sky.

Weekday Schedule

  • Breakfast
  • Class (speaking/writing/analysis)
  • Lunch
  • Cultural Activities
  • Dinner
  • Evening Activities
  • Free Time

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Check out the regular high school programme of Thornton Academy