Thornton-Donovan School

Phone: (914) 632-8836

Douglas E. Fleming: Headmaster
Thornton-Donovan school
100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle, NY 10804

While T-D's academic program is unique and describing it difficult, it still mirrors much of the curricula available in most neighboring schools. T-D teaches to the highest levels in all the common branches and numerous world languages. It also offers AP classes upon request. Music and art are always incorporated therein. T-D alumni customarily graduate with 20-24 high school credits.

Our educational program works to explain the why component of learning and to bring all the vicarious classroom lessons to live learning opportunities and adventures. Classical education encourages thinkers to understand and explain the why component of learning. T-D aspires to create graduates who are thoughtful, gracious, and knowledgeable in their thinking, reasoning, and logic.

Integrated within T-D's classical program each year are about twenty courses all designed to reflect a theme as the school celebrates a different country, culture, or historical character. Then usually in the spring of the school year T-D will visit, tour, and embrace the country, culture, or historical figure being saluted academically.

Recent themes including countries as destinations include the following:

Other themes saluting significant world figures and personalities include:


All upper school students have choices when it comes to course selections and sometimes may find a student friend in a class two years older or three years younger. Choices abound and courses taught nowhere else at any school we know find their way into the upper school curriculum. Some appear below:

Also, it is T-D's aspiration to have each and every upper school student spend time in one of the school's numerous sister schools located all around the world. Students can spend as little as a week, a month, or an entire school year. The countries most visited include Guatemala, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, France, and Italy. T-D students who avail themselves of these opportunities customarily live in the homes of parents with students attending the sister school of choice.

With numerous families with ties and direct links to the United Nations, T-D has developed an Ambassadors for Peace Program and each year three upper school students are selected to participate in it.

Classes are held in Rondine, just outside of Arezzo, Italy. Rondine provides American students with a unique opportunity to learn and experience conflict transformation theory and practice in a non-government organization that actively promotes peace, solidarity, and civil responsibility.