EF Academy New York

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
582 Columbus Avenue
Thornwood, NY 10594
EF Academy New York Photo #1 - EF Academy New York hosts over 650 students from over 60 different countries including the United States.
EF Academy New York Photo #2 - South Hall is EF Academy New York's dorm for our 9th and 10th graders. It opened September 2016 and features spacious triple rooms, social lounges, and a kitchen.
EF Academy New York Photo #3 - EF Academy New York's South Hall dormitory (for students in grades 9 and 10).
EF Academy New York Photo #4 - There are many spaces on the EF Academy New York campus to lounge and socialize. We have plenty of natural light and comfy chairs.
EF Academy New York Photo #5 - Twin room at EF Academy New York. Upgrades are available for students in grades 11 and 12. Rooms are also available as a single.
EF Academy New York Photo #6 - EF Academy's small class sizes allow for personal attention. The average class size in New York is 13 students.
EF Academy New York Photo #7 - EF Academy's state-of-the-art science labs engage students in the STEM fields along with STEM clubs that include computer coding, 3D design and print club, engineering club, web, and app design club, electronics club and archaeology club. Our strongest science students apply to the Columbia University Science Honors Program which they participate in on Saturdays.
EF Academy New York Photo #8 - Our theater at EF Academy New York is home not only to our dramatic and musical productions but also serves as a venue for important events on campus such as Lunar New Year and assemblies featuring a Holocaust survivor, an Olympic Gold Medalist and a University a cappella group.
EF Academy New York Photo #9 - The EF Academy New York campus boasts several interscholastic sports teams including Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Golf, Track and Field, Cheerleading, and Cross Country.
EF Academy New York Photo #10 - Students at EF Academy are welcoming and open. With so much diversity here, everyone fits in!
  • Surrounded by 100 acres of landscaped grounds, EF Academy New York offers students a vast variety of academic activities to take part in and plenty of space for them to pursue their passions.
  • Experience and American high school education in an international setting that will inspire, transform and empower you.

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  • EF Academy New York
    Core requirements for full IB diploma and university preparation process are constantly supervised and reminded by teachers. Well-facilitated campus that creates a comfortable learning and living environment includes gym, lounges, studio dance, library and cafeteria. . .
  • EF Academy New York
    EF Academy, in general, is a great boarding school. Here, I have friends from all over the world who come from more than 60 different countries. Our school has a great location. It is surrounded. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
EF Academy New YorkBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded20071910
Campus Size100 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment650 students313 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1200* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
Number of IB Courses Offered60-
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(upgrades to twin and single rooms also available)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Day students welcome to join weekend activities)
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineMar. 1Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsJason M. Kirschner
Lauren Blankstein

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offeredn/a18
CoursesIB Biology SL/HL, IB Business and Management SL/HL, IB Chemistry SL/HL, IB Chinese A Literature SL/HL, IB Computer Science SL, IB Core: CAS, EE & TOK, IB Economics SL/HL, IB English A: Language and Literature SL/HL, IB English A: Literature SL/HL, IB English B SL/HL, IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL, IB French ab Initio SL, IB French B SL/HL, IB Further Mathematics HL, IB Geography SL, IB German A: Literature SL/HL, IB German ab Initio SL, IB History SL/HL, IB Korean A: Literature SL/HL, IB Mandarin ab Initio SL, IB Mathematical Studies SL, IB Mathematics SL/HL, IB Music SL/HL, IB Norwegian A: Literature SL/HL, IB Physics SL/HL, IB Portuguese A: Literature SL/HL, IB Psychology SL, IB Russian A: Literature SL/HL, IB Self-taught A Literature SL, IB Spanish A: Literature SL/HL, IB Spanish ab Initio SL, IB Spanish B SL/HL, IB Sports, Health & Exercise SL, IB Thai A: Literature SL/HL, IB Theatre SL/HL, IB Vietnamese A: Literature SL/HL, IB Visual Arts SL/HL


# Interscholastic Sports Offered816
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations7423
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Amnesty International Club, Anime Club, Archaeology Club, Art Club, Art Portfolio Prep Club, Arts and Puzzle Club, Chess Club, Chinese Language and Culture Club, Coding Club, Comedy Improv Club, Community Service Club, Computer Science Club, Conversation and Current Events Club, Cooking Club, Creative Writing Club, Culture and Language Exchange, Debate Club, Drama Club, EFA Talks, Electronics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Environment Club, Film Making Club, Gardening Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Girls Who Code, Glee Club, Healthy Living Club, Lego Club, Literary Magazine, Lunar New Year Club, Mahjong Club, Math Club, Mind and Body Club, Model United Nations, Multicultural Club, National Honors Society, Orchestra/Music Ensembles, Outdoor Leadership Club, Peer Tutoring, Philanthropy Club, Photography Club, Physics Club, Pride Not Prejudice Club, Psychology Tutoring and Peer Tutoring Club, Puzzle Game Club, Recycling Club, Russian Club, SAT Prep Club, Science Fair Club, Soap Club, Soap Making Club, Soapmaking Club, Social Media Club, Spanish Club, STEAM (Engineering) Club, Stock Market Club, Student Council, Sudoku and Logic Puzzle Club, Survivalist Club, Video Game Club, Watercoloring, Web and App Design, Yearbook Club, Yoga Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Bass Guitar Lessons, DJ Club, Guitar Lessons, Rock Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Climbing Club, Equestrian Club, Latin Dance, Ski Club, Table Tennis Club

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

    Easy access to nature and the city
  • EF Academy New York is tucked in the quiet suburban town of Thornwood and it is characterized by the many pathways, trails and woodland that surround its academic and residence buildings. Just down the hill from the school is Rose Hill Shopping Center, a small plaza with restaurants and shops. New York City and the famous island of Manhattan are less than an half hour away. Here you will have plenty of opportunities to make America's most cultural city your classroom- class trips to museums, plays and Wall Street promote experienced-based learning, which will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the subject material you are studying. 
Lights, labs, studios & trails 
  • A four-year high school experience at EF Academy New York includes, IGCSE, US high school diploma and IB classes where you will engage in lessons and interact with your classmates in inspiring, spacious classrooms. Theater students step into the spotlight in our beautiful auditorium where full-length plays are staged annually. Science labs equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and welcoming art studios not only enrich your classes, they also host science and art clubs after school and are available for you to use for independent study. Complete your school day with a bit of physical activity in our fully-equipped gym, dance studio or basketball courts, or get some fresh air by going on a walk, run or bike ride around eight kilometers of off-road trails on campus using one of the school's own mountain bikes.
Vibrant student life
  • At EF Academy New York, you will have over 40 clubs and seven varsity sports to choose from, plus opportunities to create your own. There will always be something taking place on campus, but some activities will take you beyond our school for an exciting adventure. Activities take place after school and on the weekends and range from organized trips to Manhattan and academic competitions, to basketball league championships and Model UN conferences. 
Explore the US university scene
  • The New York Area is host to dozens of America`s most respected universities, whether that's NYU in famed Greenwich Village or Ivy League Columbia University. Many students take pre-college courses at these universities during the school year. Our school in Thornwood is an ideal setting in which to prepare for university enrollment in New York State, Philadelphia, Boston or anywhere else on the East Coast of the US and beyond. During the school year, representatives from 150 universities visit our campus to speak with our students.  
  • EF Academy New York accreditations: International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International, New York State

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