As Headmaster, I would like to welcome you to Thornton-Donovan School’s website, a convenient way to learn more about our 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 about 160 academically talented students who come from homes around the corner and homes around the world.
As an independent co-ed K-12 school, T-D specializes in international education with dozens of “Sister Schools” around the world. Students can go to school in Busan, South Korea; Sligo, Ireland; Venice, Italy; Sciacca, Sicily; Buenos Aires, Argentina; LaRochelle, France; Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nizhny, Novogrod; Tirana, Albania; and Hiroshima, Japan. During the course of the school year, T-D and T-D families often host visiting students from these destinations.
The international program is enhanced through language study in classes with only 2-12 pupils. French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek and Russian are taught daily. Japanese is also taught in the spring. Many students go to the highest levels of proficiency in their languages of choice. Level V customarily prepares T-D’s polyglots for the AP exam.
For 2017-’18 the school family focused on the Balkans and Albania was the main focus. The 2018-’19 country of choice was Mongolia and in March, 47 students, parents and faculty experienced T-D’s Magic Realism travel study adventure there.
With each and every yearly theme, new courses are introduced to broaden our thinking about it, and students from grades 6-12 are invited to select a few. All of T-D’s thematic courses are taught for only one year. They are integrated within T-D’s regular curriculum which can best be described as classical and Western.
Some of the theme courses for 2018-’19 were Empires of the Steppes, History of Life, Ologies and Isms, World War I, Cavalry, The Silk Road and Threads, Vulcans Trove, Shamans & Katabats, Hold Your Horses (Music), Explaining Life (Zoology), The Hidden World (Microbiology) and Facing East (Religion).
For 2019-’20 T-D will make the Holy Land its academic theme.
Douglas E. Fleming, Jr.