Thornton Donovan Individually Focused, Globally Engaged

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An International and Thematic Educational Experience

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 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, Albania, Iceland, and Mongolia, as well as many more places around the world!

Humble Beginnings

T-D is Westchester’s only “Little Red Schoolhouse.” Thornton-Donovan School was founded in 1901 as The New Rochelle School and Kindergarten by Judge Martin Jerome Keogh. Emily Scott Thornton, a graduate of the University of Nottingham, UK became one of the schools first teachers. Cleophe Donovan joined the school in 1904 to teach the incoming youngsters, while Ms. Thornton was teaching 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.

What We Stand 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. 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.

Thematic Education

With each and every yearly theme, new courses are introduced to broaden our thinking 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. For 2017-’18 the school family focused on the Balkans and Albania was the main focus. During 2018-’19 the school focused on Mongolia. Some classes 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).

Fully Recognized

Thornton-Donovan is proud to be Cognia accredited, and has been recognized for its support of students with high academic potential by the Johns Hopkins University Center. We are in the 95th percentile of the most diverse private schools in America while also being in the top 20% K-12 Schools in the country. T-D also has many sister schools across the globe, including La Rochelle in France, and twenty others located anywhere from Africa to South America.

Meet the adminstrators who

bring you the T-D experience

Alan Goodman

Director of Admissions

Annemarie Licini

Assistant to the Headmaster

Doug Fleming


Virginia Keating

Lower and Middle School Director

Don Johnson

Dean of Students