EF Academy New York

582 Columbus Avenue
Thornwood, NY 10594
Tel: (914) 495-6028
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 730 students
EF Academy's mission is to provide a superior education, preparation for university, and a future that knows no borders.
Located on our 98-acre woodland campus in Thornwood, New York, our school is home to over 780 students from 75 different countries around the world – all while being less than one hour away from New York City.  As an official IB World School, EF Academy is accredited to grant not only the New York 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 critical learning and unparalleled intercultural immersion.
EF Academy also offers an unprecedented global campus rotation option among its other three locations: San Diego, California; Oxford, England; and Torbay, England.

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
EF Academy New York Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 2005 1910
Campus Size 100 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 730 students 300 students
% Students of Color 40% 20%
% International Students 98% 20%
% Students Boarding 99% 67%
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 45 -
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 90% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$41,000 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Day students welcome to join weekend activities)
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Oct. 31 / Jan. 31 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsJason M. Kirschner
Lauren Utnick


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 52 24
ExtracurricularsAnimal Rescue Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Art Club, Biology Club, Board Game Club, Book Club, Business Club, Cardio Club, Chemistry Club, Chess Club, Coding Club, Community Service Club, Cross Country, Debate Club, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Fashion Club, Film Making, Garage Band, Gardening Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Glee Club, Hult Global Case Challenge, Improv. Club, Insanity,

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; all of which are increasingly in demand in the global marketplace. 
  • 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 two 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 into 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 Virgina, 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; where it has cared for and educated thousands of young people for over 50 years.
  • 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.
  • 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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The nearest boarding school is The Masters School (8.5 miles away)
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