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Number of Students

175 (35% international)

SAT Average



9-12 PG

Northwood School

Private Boarding School – Lake Placid , New York

Northwood School, founded in 1905, is an independent co-educational boarding school for grades 9-12. Northwood is a college preparatory school serving about 175 students. Northwood’s unique and supportive learning environment combines rigorous academics with wilderness education and vigorous athletic competition. The Northwood School provides intimate class sizes with an average of 10 students per class and a challenging academic curriculum with Advanced Placement and Honors courses designed to prepare students for the top universities in the country.

Situated in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in the Olympic village of Lake Placid, the 80 acres of campus include a fitness center, student learning center, computer/ science labs, and more.

Sports and Arts
Northwood has a wide-variety of competitive sports including four major winter sports that they have been nationally recognized for: Boys’ Hockey, Girls’ Hockey, Alpine Skiing, and Freestyle Skiing. In particular, Northwood’s hockey program is world renowned with many Olympic champions. Students can also take advantage of unique opportunities through the arts program such as fiber arts and steel drum courses.

Dormitories and Student Life
The boy’s dorm is in the main building, the girl’s dorm is in a separate building and most students have their own cell phones. Television only available in the Student Center and the girl’s dorm. About 85% of the students attending Northwood are boarders.

The Village of Lake Placid is about two hours north Albany. The surrounding wilderness allows international students to focus on their studies and explore the beauty as well as outdoor activities northern New York is known for.

Area population: 3,000
Village website: Village of Lake Placid

Estimated Start Date: Early September
Estimated End Date: Early June

School Facts

Year Founded


Student Population


Number of Students

175 (35% international)


9-12 PG

Teacher/Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

80 Acres

Religious Affiliation


SAT Average


Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

University Acceptance Rate



  • Art Explorations
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz Band
  • Painting and Printing
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Steel Drums

AP Courses

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


  • Conditioning and Fitness
  • Crew
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Community Service
  • The International Advisory Board
  • Judicial Committee
  • Red Cross
  • Resident Assistants
  • Student Council
  • Wilderness Experience

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Brown University, Clarkson University, Cornell University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Manhattanville College, Miami University, Middlebury College, New York University, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, Plymouth State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Saint Michael’s College, St. Lawrence University, State University of New York, University of Denver, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Utica College

University Acceptance Rate:

Closest International and Local Airports: Albany International Airport (ALB)
For Details Visit Website:   Northwood School

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