Thornton High School
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Thornton High School is an urban high school that sets on the southern end of the Adams 12 Five Star school district. THS was built in 1974 and opened its doors in 1975. Thornton is a comprehensive high school that services 1766 students. THS has a positive academic reputation and is home to the fourth oldest International Baccalaureate Program in the state. The IB program (Diploma program) was established at the school in 1992, Thornton High School became authorized in 1994. In the 2010-11 school year, Thornton High School was recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top comprehensive high schools in America, this distinction is given to school’s that have a large percentage of students taking an accelerated course of study, via Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. Thornton High School has a rich tradition of academic and social excellence. Adams 12 invested in the “Thornton Corridor” by announcing that all of the school’s feeders would seek authorization as IB schools in the Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program. The K-12 IB continuum in Adams School District 12 will culminate at THS with the Middle Years Program and Diploma Program. This will undoubtedly continue 35 years of academic and social excellence at the school.
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