100 Overlook Circle New Rochelle 10804
100 Overlook Circle New Rochelle 10804


Why Thornton-Donovan School?

T-D is Westchester’s only “Little Red Schoolhouse.” Founded in 1901, T-D celebrated its centennial in the 2000-2001 school year. The school has approximately 170 academically talented students who come from homes from around the corner as well as from around the world. As an independent co-ed K-12 school, T-D specializes in international education and is proud to be AdvancED accredited.

The school has been recognized for its support of students with high academic potential by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth which identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide.

America is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and our economic vitality and national security depend on our sustaining that vibrant culture. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics—these are the fields in which our children need to be fluent. The STEM skills that only specialists have today will be expected of virtually everyone in the American workforce tomorrow. T-D is proud to be recognized as one of the top 5,000 STEM schools in the country and second in New Rochelle overall.


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We don’t just give students an education and experiences that set them up for success in a career. We help them succeed in their career—to discover a field they’re passionate about and dare to lead it.

T-D's Mission

The Thornton-Donovan School is absolutely unique.

We offer a dynamic, hands-on progressive education for academically talented students in grades K-12. Established in 1901, we are one of the oldest private schools in Westchester County, New York. You will be surprised by our affordability; we have worked hard to keep our tuition at a rate which is reflective of the current economic situation, and is roughly half the rate of other Westchester private schools.

The Thornton-Donovan education is customized to students’ interests and talents. Our learners progress in subject areas based on their ability and curiosity, not their grade level. Small class size, usually 8-14 students, makes this approach to learning possible. Encouraging children to develop into the persons they will become, unhindered in exploration of their passions, is the key to a T-D education.

Across all grades, perspectives are challenged daily through culturally themed courses focusing on a different area of the world each year. Each spring, our classrooms literally come alive with our annual journey to the country of focus. Imagine having the opportunity to experience first-hand the sights, sounds and smells about which you learned during the year! Recent adventures have brought us to South Africa, Iceland and Mongolia. This year we are studying and voyaging to Israel.

What is Thematic Education?

Our students learn about a piece of history or a part of the world during the school year, then at the end of the year, they go!

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International Admissions

Students from all over the world have attended Thornton-Donovan…

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Lower School Spotlight

See what our littlest scholars are up to in the Lower School Spotlight!

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Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP)

The Thornton Donovan Parent-Teacher Partnership is a group of parents who wish to take part in the development of school activities and fundraisers…

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Thornton-Donovan History

The Thornton-Donovan School was founded in 1901 as The New Rochelle School and Kindergarten by Judge Martin Jerome Keogh. Judge Keogh’s wife brought to his attention that a Kindergarten was desperately needed to serve their neighborhood of New Rochelle. Judge Keogh offered his office space at 247 Main Street, New Rochelle, New York as the school’s first home.

A teacher was of course needed, and Emily Scott Thornton, a graduate of the University of Nottingham, UK answered the Keogh’s call. Off to a wonderful start and growing in popularity, Cleophe Donovan joined the school in 1904 to teach the incoming youngsters, while Ms. Thornton moved up with the older children.

In recognition of their commitment to their vision and years of dedicated service, the school was renamed in their honor, Thornton-Donovan School.

Special Campus Tour

Visit our campus on a tour designed for prospective students. You will see how our school is different, our facilities, student life and beautiful school grounds. Meet our admissions representative to learn more about our programs and decide what is the best for you and your family. E-mail Alan Goodman, Director of Admissions today to schedule your free campus tour. 



What T-D Stands For

Thornton-Donovan School was founded on the principle that a school must meet the changing needs of its students, its community, and its society. Its philosophy and curriculum directly contribute to the development of students who can use their individual talents to meet the challenges of life.

Thornton-Donovan School seeks qualified students who possess ability, who are motivated, who have self-discipline and who will both gain from and give to the school. The school may also admit a youngster who has potential for academic success but whose record does not demonstrate it. T-D accepts qualified pupils regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. New students are accepted in all grades.

The Difference

At Thornton-Donovan we realize that education is not purely academic. The whole child is developed by emphasizing values such as honesty, integrity, personal responsibility and good citizenship. Each T-D student knows that he or she is an international ambassador with conduct expected that honors that responsibility. Although we are independent and non-denominational, there is a spiritual element – paying homage to all beliefs – which permeates the campus and all of our activities. Our atmosphere is intimate, calm and natural. You’ll notice straight away how different we feel compared with other schools.

Donations help us help our kids

Thornton-Donovan is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization and relies solely on tuition and fundraising. We do not receive government grants, federal or local. Donate today!

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine