EF Academy of New York

582 Columbus Avenue
Thornwood, NY 10594
Tel: (914) 495-6028
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 730 students
EF Academy International Boarding School is a private college prep school for grades 9-12.  Located on our pristine 98-acre campus in Thornwood, New York (new campus opening Fall 2014), our school is home to over 670 students from 75 different countries around the world--all under one hour from New York City.  As an official IB World School, EF Academy is accredited to grant not only the NY State Diploma, but also the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma, providing our students with an opportunity to experience a rigorous and progressive academic track in addition to a unique student life and an impressive array of clubs.
Among friends and faculty from the US and around the world, EF Academy International Boarding School aims to prepare students not only for future educational success, but also to create true global citizens through 21st century learning and unparalleled intercultural immersion.
EF Academy also offers an unprecedented global campus rotation option among its three international locations: Thornwood, New York; Oxford, England; and Torquay, England.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
EF Academy of New Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 2005 1909
Campus Size 100 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 730 students 295 students
% Students of Color 40% 19%
% International Students 98% 20%
% Students Boarding 99% 68%
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No tank tops, no flip flops, no ripped jeans, no hats, no references to drugs/tobacco/alcohol/violence, all clothing must be of appropriate length.)
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:15 1:7
Number of IB Courses Offered 42 -
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 90% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Twin room accomodation is an additional charge.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Day students welcome to join weekend activities)
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 30 / Mar. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of Admissions Jason M. Kirschner
Lauren Utnick


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 9 13
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 53 24
ExtracurricularsArt Club, Blogging Club, Business Club, Business Peer Tutor, Chess Club, Choir, Computers Club, Cooking Club, Creative Writing, Cross Country, Cultural Exchange Club, Cycling Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Ethics Club, Film Critics, Film Making, Garage Band, Global Issues , Hiking Club, Hult Global Case Challenge, Ice Hockey Club, Insanity, Intramural Volleyball,

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • Local Goes Global:
    Our students come from more than 75 countries, including the United States, while our faculty represents over 40 countries. This unique atmosphere provides students with an advantageous experience, one that enhances their worldview in addition to their resume. We emphasize areas of study such as languages, cross-cultural communication, sciences and world history that are increasingly in demand in the global marketplace, and is conveniently located in the suburbs of New York City in Thornwood, New York.

    Safe, Peaceful, Scenic Campus:
    Our private and secure 98-acre campus is located in in the forested town of Thornwood, New York. Boasting modern facilities, including science labs, theaters, interactive classrooms, a library, a fitness center, tennis courts, full boarding accommodations and more, our campus serves as a comfortable and productive home away from home for our students. New York City, a center of culture and learning, is a 45-minute train ride away, and the train station is less than 2 miles from campus (5-10 minutes by local bus or taxi).

    IB Advantage
    According to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), students who participate in IB Programs are more than twice as likely to be accepted to the Top 50 universities in the United States. With over 30 IB course offerings, EF Academy is proud to be an IB World School. Students in EF Academy programs have earned places at top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, University of Michigan, Columbia, University of Southern California, Columbia, St. Andrew's, NYU, UCLA, Williams College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virigina, and UC Berkeley.

    Worldwide Leader in Education:
    EF Academy is a division of EF Education First, a global leader in the field of international education. Founded in 1965, EF Education First is the largest private educational organization in the world. EF’s Hult International Business School is ranked among the Financial Times’ top 100 business schools. EF is also well known for its study-abroad and language programs, and it has cared for and educated thousands of young people in during is near 50-year history.

    IB Learner Profile

  • School accreditations: IB World school, The University of the State of New York Education Department: Certificate of High School Registration, GIBS, ACCET, AAIEP, University of Cambridge International Testing Centre

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