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About Thornton Jr. High

Thornton Junior High School is located in North Fremont.  Students attending Ardenwood, Brookvale, Forest Park, Patterson, Oliveira, and Warwick Elementary Schools attend Thornton for the seventh and eighth grades before going to American High School for grades nine through twelve.  The student body at Thornton Junior High represents heritages from five continents and island nations. The many cultures and languages at Thornton are a strong reflection of American multiculturalism. Thornton Junior High has an enrollment of approximately 1330 7th and 8th grade students. 

The principal collaborates monthly with the other principals in the American attendance area. The focus of the collaboration is equitable teaching practices that provide challenging curriculum with opportunities for all students to learn. With that focus at all levels, students become aware that high expectations are the norm and perform accordingly.

A strong electives program includes: robotics, Minecraft,  leadership, dance, yearbook, French I and II, Spanish and Mandarin. Music electives include: chorus, beginning band, concert band, and symphonic band.  Art electives include: ceramics, arts and crafts, and lettering/calligraphy.  Through visual and performing arts classes students demonstrate their creativity in the following forms:

  •  Winter and Spring Music Concerts 
  •  Spring Drama performance 
  •  Bands compete at local and state levels 
  •  Art work displayed locally 
  • Art competition at the county level
After school academic enrichment, in cooperation with parent volunteers, is offered in math, science and geography. 
 
Thornton has a very active PTSA who meets monthly to plan and support programs and activities that help staff and 
students in being successful. The PTSA raises funds, recruits volunteers, and organizes events and celebrations for the 
school and students. 
 
We are dedicated to the social development and academic success of all students. 
 
Thornton Junior High School's Mascot: The Thunderbolt