Northwood School

P.O. Box 1070, 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 
2014 School Data
Northwood School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1905 1909
Campus Size 80 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 173 students 298 students
% Students of Color 3% 19%
% International Students 26% 20%
% Students Boarding 80% 68%
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 50% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $7 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$51,200 $48,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,998 $26,800
Tuition international students $54,200 $45,175
% Students on Financial Aid 60% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $18,460 $20,074
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 55% 57%
Director of Admissions Timothy Weaver  
Associate Director of Admissions Elenor Mandigo  

AP / Advanced Courses

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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Crew, Cycling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations 5 25
ExtracurricularsCommunity Service, 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

  • School accreditations: N.Y.S.A.I.S.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Tony Granato '83 - 1988 Olympics, Ice Hockey
    • Jim Campbell '91 - 1994 Olympics, Ice Hockey
    • Mike Richter '85 - 1988, 1998, 2002 Olympics, Ice Hockey
    • Chris Therien '90 - 1994 Olympics, Ice Hockey
    • Andrea Kilbourne '98 - 2002 Olympics, Women's Ice Hockey
    • Thomas Vonn '94 - 2002 Olympics, Alpine Skiing
    • Adam McLeish '97 - 2010 Olympics, Snowboarding
    • Andrew Weibrecht '08 - 2010 Olympics, Alpine Skiing
    • Craig Randall '61 - Mayor Lake Placid, NY
    • Brad Olch '69 - Former Mayor, Park City, Utah

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is North Country School (6.1 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Lake PlacidNorth Country School
    4382 Cascade Road
    Lake PlacidNY12946
    6.1 mi | 85 students | Gr. 4-9
  • BurlingtonRock Point School
    1 Rock Point Road
    802-863-1104 x12
    38.8 mi | 40 students | Gr. 9-12
  • BrockvilleFulford Academy
    280 King Street East
    1 613 341 9330
    86.4 mi | 60 students | Gr. 7-10
  • HaverhillOliverian School
    Mount Moosilauke Highway - Route 25
    96.5 mi | 50 students | Gr. 9-12
  • St. JohnsburySt. Johnsbury Academy
    1000 Main Street, PO Box 906
    St. JohnsburyVT05819
    96.8 mi | 960 students | Gr. 9-12
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