Northwood School

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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1905

Student Body

Total Students190 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Northwood School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Number of AP Courses10 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced Placement Macroeconomics, Advanced Placement Psychology, Advanced Placement World History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP US History
Average SAT score1100
Average ACT score24
Average Percentile SSAT50%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki pants and collared shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$62,000
Tuition Notes$62,000 Boarding $36,300 Day $1,630 International Student Fee $4,700 ESL
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$40,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBrad D'Arco
Admissions AssociateElenor Mandigo
Endowment Size$10 million


Total Sports Offered20 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Crew, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, WeightliftingAlpine SkiingBasketball,
Freestyle SkiingGolf,
Ice HockeyIndoor Soccer,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,
Nordic SkiingRock Climbing,
Ski JumpingSnowboarding,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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.
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The average private school tuition in New York is $13,296 for elementary schools and $25,260 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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