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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 1300 7th and 8th-grade students. 

In preparation for adding 6th grade to the Thornton community in August 2022,  a new Science building is being built with an anticipated completion date of February 2022.   Phase 3 of our construction will begin in February with the addition of counseling and other support offices being added to the front of the school.  (Phase 1, the new track and field, was completed in January 2021.  

A strong electives program includes robotics, Minecraft,  leadership, dance, yearbook, French I and II, and Spanish. 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 
  •  Artwork 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 that 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 students of Thornton.
We are committed to the mental health of the students and have brought in two additional counselors for the return to on-campus learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
Thornton Junior High School's Mascot: The Thunderbolt