Northwood School

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  • Located in Lake Placid, a small village nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains that twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1932 & 1980)
  • The School is within two hours of Montreal, Canada, Albany, New York and Burlington, Vermont
  • 175 students (grades 9-12); 26% international; average class size: 9 students; student/faculty ratio 6:1
  • Coeducational boarding school with no religious affiliation
  • University placements include Boston College, Brown University, Purdue University among others
  • ESL program

What's special?

Access to Olympic training facilities | STEM | L.E.A.P (Leadership Empowerment and Advancement Program) | Entrepreneurship courses | TOEFL testing center on campus

100% including: Boston College, Brown University, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, University of Vermont, Wesleyan University

Fast facts

Four seasons, significant snowfall in winter
Coed 170 (9-12) students
28% international students
10, Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Albany, NY (ALB)


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Advanced placement courses:

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Psychology, US History

Honors courses:

AP 9 Honors 7

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Marking System:

Graduation Requirements:

The minimum graduation requirement for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 4 credits
  • Social Science - 4 credits (US History)
  • Mathematics - 3 credits
  • Lab Science - 3 credits (Biology or Physical Science)
  • Foreign Language - 2 credits (includes ESL)
  • Fine Arts - 1 credit (2 courses/one semester)
  • Health - 0.5 credits
Science class

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Special Programs

Wilderness Program that includes hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking and camping options with a concentration on environmental preservation and sustainability.

ACT Scores

Average ACT score: 24

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: 1670


Northwood School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

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Studio Arts, Band, Ceramics, Journalism, Performing Arts, Photography, Visual Arts
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  • Crew/Rowing
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rockclimbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Campus features

The Northwood campus includes dormitories, academic buildings, an arts center, a theater, a fitness center that includes indoor tennis courts, and playing fields. Additionally, Northwood students have full use and access to the Olympic Training facilities which include state-of-the-art fitness facilities, hockey rinks and Nordic and downhill ski facilities. A new state-of-the art academic building is being constructed on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid and scheduled for completion in 2017. The building will have Maker Spaces, space and support for entrepreneurship projects, performing and visual arts productions, performance spaces and equipment for a wide range of disciplines including STEM projects. The Northwood on Main structure is unmatched by any current boarding school.

Extracurricular activities

  • Community Service
  • Dining Room Captains
  • International Advisory Council
  • Judiciary Board
  • Reading Club
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Student Council
  • Student Newspaper
  • Theater Productions
  • Yearbook
French, Spanish

Admissions Requirements


50 iBT

Not required



ETS 7531

Estimated Costs


$4,700 ESL
$1,630 International Student Fee
$2,260 Health Insurance
$1,000 Student Account
$810 Boarding Student Service Fee
$2,942 Tuition Refund Insurance (optional)

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