EF Academy International Boarding School

Tel: (914)495-6028
Grades: 9-12 | 730 students
Local Goes Global: Our students come from more than 75 countries, including the United States, while our faculty represents over 40 countries.
This unique atmosphere provides students with an advantageous experience, one that enhances their worldview in addition to their resume.
We emphasize areas of study such as languages, cross-cultural communication, sciences and world history that are increasingly in demand in the global marketplace, and is conveniently located in the suburbs of New York City in Thornwood, New York. We also feature two UK campuses--Torbay and Oxford. Campus rotation year to year is available.
Safe, Peaceful, Scenic Campus: Our private and secure campus is located on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. With historic architecture and modern facilities, including science labs, theaters, interactive classrooms, a library, a fitness center, an indoor competition swimming pool, tennis courts, full boarding accommodations and more.
Our campus serves as a comfortable and productive home away from home for our students. New York City, a center of culture and learning, is a 40-minute train ride away, and the train station is walking distance from campus.
IB Advantage: According to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), students who participate in IB Programs are more than twice as likely to be accepted to the Top 50 universities in the United States.
With over 30 IB course offerings, EF Academy is proud to be an IB World School.
Students in EF Academy programs have earned places at top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, University of Michigan, Columbia, University of Southern California, Columbia, St. Andrew's, NYU, UCLA, Williams College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virigina, and UC Berkeley.
Worldwide Leader in Education: EF Academy is a division of EF Education First, a global leader in the field of international education.
Founded in 1965, EF Education First is the largest private educational organization in the world.
EF’s Hult International Business School is ranked among the Financial Times’ top 100 business schools.
EF is also well known for its study-abroad and language programs, and it has cared for and educated over one million young people in its near 50-year history.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 2005

Student Body

Total Students 730 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
60%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 42 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses IB Biology HL/SL, IB Business HL/SL, IB Chemistry HL/SL, IB Chinese Ab Initio SL, IB Chinese HL, IB Economics HL/SL, IB English HL, IB English Lang and Lit HL, IB English Literature HL, IB Environmental Systems SL, IB French Ab Initio SL, IB French B HL, IB Geography SL, IB German Ab Initio SL, IB German HL, IB History HL/SL, IB Korean HL, IB Math HL, IB Math SL, IB Math Studies SL, IB Music SL/HL, IB Norwegian HL, IB Physics HL/SL, IB Portuguese HL, IB Russian HL, IB Spanish Ab Initio SL, IB Spanish B HL, IB Spanish HL, IB Thai HL, IB Theater Arts SL/HL, IB TOK/CAS/EE, IB Vietnamese HL, IB Visual Arts SL/HL
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No tank tops, ripped jeans, flip flips, hats, no references to drugs/tobacco/alcohol/violence, all items must be of an appropriate length.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost $39,900
Admissions Director Jason M. Kirschner
Admissions Associate Lauren E. Utnick

Sports

Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Badminton, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballBadmintonBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
CyclingDance,
GolfMountain Biking,
SoccerTennis,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Choir, Creative Writing, Cycling Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Ethics Club, Film Making, Hult Global Case Challenge, Karate, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Model United Nations, Music Club, Photography, Student Ambassadors, Various Culture Clubs Art Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Choir, Cycling Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Ethics Club, Film Making, Karate, Math Club, Music Club, Photography, Creative Writing,
Hult Global Case Challenge,
Literary Magazine,
Model United Nations,
Student Ambassadors,
Various Culture Clubs,

School Notes

  • Local Goes Global:
  • Our students come from more than 70 countries, including the United States, while our faculty represents over 40 countries. This unique atmosphere provides students with an advantageous experience, one that enhances their worldview in addition to their resume. We emphasize areas of study such as languages, cross-cultural communication, sciences and world history that are increasingly in demand in the global marketplace, and is conveniently located in the suburbs of New York City in Thornwood, New York.  We also feature two UK campuses--Torbay and Oxford.  Campus rotation year to year is available.
  • Safe, Peaceful, Scenic Campus:
  • Our private and secure campus is located on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. With historic architecture and modern facilities, including science labs, theaters, interactive classrooms, a library, a fitness center, an indoor competition swimming pool, tennis courts, full boarding accommodations and more. Our campus serves as a comfortable and productive home away from home for our students. New York City, a center of culture and learning, is a 40-minute train ride away, and the train station is walking distance from campus.
  • IB Advantage:
  • According to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), students who participate in IB Programs are more than twice as likely to be accepted to the Top 50 universities in the United States. With over 30 IB course offerings, EF Academy is proud to be an IB World School. Students in EF Academy programs have earned places at top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, University of Michigan, Columbia, University of Southern California, Columbia, St. Andrew's, NYU, UCLA, Williams College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virigina, and UC Berkeley.
  • Worldwide Leader in Education:
  • EF Academy is a division of EF Education First, a global leader in the field of international education. Founded in 1965, EF Education First is the largest private educational organization in the world. EF’s Hult International Business School is ranked among the Financial Times’ top 100 business schools. EF is also well known for its study-abroad and language programs, and it has cared for and educated over one million young people in its near 50-year history.
  • IB Learner Profile
  • Virtual Tour of the EF Academy Campus

Profile last updated: 11/25/2015

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School Reviews

The EF Academy International Boarding School is a well kept secret located on a beautiful modern campus in Thornwood, NY (Westchester County). It also has campuses around the world (our other EF favorite campus is in Oxford England) and once you gain admission into one you can exchange into the others for a more international boarding school experience. One of the few private schools in the United States where you can earn and International Baccalaureate (IB) and a High School Diploma. The school draws top students from over 75 countries (Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and Russia) and over 45 languages are spoken on campus. The spring break trips and summer opportunities to explore the world are tremendous. For example, there is an amazing spring break trip to Iceland for students to travel to Iceland for the Global Student Leaders Summit among other opportunities. The student teacher ratio is what you would expect from any private school and the teachers are well trained by some of the best schools in the world. Be warned that the classwork is extremely rigorous for it utilizes the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum as its standard, which is equivalent to college level work in the United States. An undisciplined student will NOT do well here due to the heavy courseload requirements. The teachers understand this and go beyond the call of duty and offer afterschool review sessions to help students stay on track. Dorm rooms are modern and offer twin and triple accommodations. The school works hard to match roommates of a similar disposition but entirely different culture. For example, a quiet American student would be matched with a quiet student from Asia, Russia or Europe, not another American. Overall, the administration is very responsive to student needs and any parental concerns. There is a parent portal to monitor a student?'s work progress daily and direct contact with the teachers as needed.
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