Northwood School

92 Northwood Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Tel: 518-523-3382
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 173 students
"Founded in 1905, Northwood is located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, a small village that twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980).
It is also the home of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; consequently, the area offers unique outdoor, athletic, and cultural opportunities.
The School is 2 hours from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Albany, New York; and Burlington, Vermont.
The 85-acre campus is nestled in the heart of the village and at the base of Cobble Mountain.
The Adirondack Mountains surround the village and are a beautiful backdrop for the School...".

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Northwood School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1905 1910
Campus Size 80 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 173 students 295 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1670 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1580 - 1840 -
Average ACT score 24 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 9 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $9 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$55,640 $50,475
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,600 $28,200
Tuition international students $57,140 $47,425
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $24,900 $22,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBrad D'Arco
Evan Nielsen
Associate Director of AdmissionsElenor Mandigo

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
CoursesBiology, Calculus, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Psychology, US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Crew, Cycling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations 5 23
ExtracurricularsCommunity Service Club, Newspaper, Reading Club, Student Government, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Vermont 4
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 3
Syracuse University 3
Ithaca College 2
University of Maine 2
Wesleyan University 2
Boston University 1
Colby College 1
Fordham University 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1

School Notes

  • Northwood is dedicated to sound scholarship in a diverse environment. It endeavors to stimulate intellectual curiosity in its students and encourages them to learn for themselves through the guidance of its faculty and the examples set by all in the Northwood community.
  • In addition to its academic rigor, the School also stresses responsibility to self and community, asking students to discuss and establish core values, respect different perspectives, and contribute to both the School and its surroundings through various student activities and required community services. *182 Students *6:1 Student/Teacher Ratio *Winter Sports *Extensive Hockey Season *Alpine Ski Racing *High Level Hockey *Located in Olympic Village of Lake Placid, NY
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: N.Y.S.A.I.S.
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