Northwood School is a nationally recognized private boarding and day school located in the world-renowned Olympic destination of Lake Placid, New York.
Founded in 1905, Northwood School is among the nation`s top boarding schools for quality education, elite sport, college placement, and innovative educational programming. Northwood's student body is comprised of 190+ students from around the United States and the world, 85% of whom live on campus.Northwood School boasts a student to faculty ratio of 5:1, with an average class size of 10 students.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 185 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $63,860
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling

Top Rankings

Northwood School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
185 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Northwood School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Advanced Placement Macroeconomics, Advanced Placement Psychology, Advanced Placement World History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP US History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Khaki pants and collared shirts)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$63,860 Boarding $45,000 Day $1,700 International Student Fee $4,700 ESL
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Gino Riffle
Admissions Associate
Elenor Mandigo
Endowment Size
$10 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Black Student Union, Community Service Club, International Student Council, Robotics Team, Sustainability Club, Yearbook Committee

Arts and Music Programs:
Band Program, Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Soccer, Outing Club, Recreational Skiing

School Notes

  • Northwood School is a nationally recognized private boarding and day school located in the world-renowned destination of Lake Placid, New York, host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Founded in 1905, Northwood School`s diverse student body is comprised of 190 students from all parts of the United States and the world. In addition to offering regular level, Honors and A.P. courses in every academic discipline, Northwood`s innovative curriculum also features several signature academic programs that distinguish its graduates in the college admission process. As a result, Northwood`s graduates consistently earn opportunities to continue their academic and athletic careers at some of the most selective colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. In addition to its historic campus, Northwood School takes advantage of the unique facilities and unmatched beauty of the Adirondacks to provide its students with an academic and athletic experience that is unmatched at the secondary school level.
  • For students and their families that are considering an independent boarding school experience, Northwood School is the independent boarding school that in addition to offering the comprehensive traditional college-prep curriculum found at all independent schools, Northwood School also provide students with four distinct academic programs:Innovation and Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, the L.E.A.P. program and a Learning Center as well as a wide ranging co-curricular program that includes competitive athletics. Rather than providing instances for "hands on" learning, Northwood School students engage in "first hand experiences" that not only create outstanding college options but provide them with the skills necessary to be successful at and beyond the collegiate level.
  • Northwood School`s commitment to excellence in academic programming will soon extend into a new, progressive 12,000+ square foot facility in downtown Lake Placid. The Innovation Hub at Northwood School will provide a flexible, open classroom and event space. It will be a center for real-world application, creative thinking andcommunity collaboration, providing a hub for modern day learning.
Profile last updated: 07/21/2021

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 185 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $63,860
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling

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