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 75 different countries including the United States.
EF Academy New York Photo #2 - 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 #3 - A triple room in our South Hall residence. South Hall is EF Academy New York's residential community for our 9th and 10th graders. Newly built, it features spacious triple rooms, social lounges and a kitchen.
EF Academy New York Photo #4 - 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 #5 - 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 #6 - 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 #7 - Our cafeteria serves a variety of delicious and nutritious food each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From the salad bar to the noodle station, there's something for everyone - including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and halal options.
EF Academy New York Photo #8 - Athletics are an important part of student life. With a soccer field, tennis courts, and well-equipped gym, our students have a variety of opportunities to stay active and play sports competitively.
EF Academy New York Photo #9 - Our international campus is home to a diverse student body. Each day, students interact with peers and teachers from all over the world, sharing language and culture as they study and hang out.
EF Academy New York Photo #10 - At EF Academy New York, our students are provided with round-the-clock support from teachers, Pathway Managers, Residential Advisors and more.
  • Safe Learning Promise 2020: We are committed to supporting families in these uncertain times and guaranteeing your education next year. Learn more about our promise.
  • Surrounded by 100 acres of wooded grounds, EF Academy New York takes you to one of the most international cities in the world.
  • Experience a modern, American-style education in an international high school with space and encouragement to study and reach your aspirations.
  • Earn an internationally recognized degree, get personalized course planning and university preparation and engage in more than 120 learning enrichment and club activities per year.

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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
 | 2020 School Data
EF Academy New YorkBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded20071907
Campus Size100 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment650 students310 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 Ratio1:81:7
Number of IB Courses Offered60-
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(upgrades to twin and single rooms also available)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsKatlin Freschi
Maria Barreda
Associate Director of AdmissionsLauren 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 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 Geography SL, IB German A: Literature SL/HL, IB German ab Initio SL, IB History SL/HL, IB Italian A Literature SL/HL, IB Korean A: Literature SL/HL, IB Mandarin ab Initio SL, IB Mathematics: Analysis and approaches SL/HL, IB Mathematics: Applications and interpretation SL, IB Music SL/HL, IB Native Literature A SL/HL, IB Norwegian A: Literature SL/HL, IB Physics SL/HL, IB Portuguese A: Literature SL/HL, IB Pyschology SL/HL, IB Russian A: Literature SL/HL, IB Self-taught A Literature SL, IB Spanish ab Initio SL, IB Spanish B SL/HL, IB Sports Exercise and Health Science 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 Organizations5624
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
AI Club, Anime Club, Chess & GO Club, Chinese Language and Culture, Choir, Christian Club, Coding Club, Cooking Club, Culture and Language Exchange Club, Culture Fair Club, D.E.A.R. Club, Dance Club, DECA Leaders and Entrepreneurs Club, DJ Club, Drama Club, E-Mart Club, E-sports Club, EF Talks Club, EFTV Club, Environmental Leadership Club, Finance Club, Girls Who Code Club, Habitudes - Habits and Attitudes of Leadership, Hands to Paw Club, Intramural Sports, Language A Club, Literary Magazine, Lunar New Year Club, Magic Circle Club, Math Club, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Outdoor Leadership, Paint the School Club, PC Builds Club, Peer Tutoring Club, Philanthropy Club, Philosophy Club, Pride Not Prejudice Club, Recycling Club, Robotics Club, RPG D&D Club, SAT Prep Club, Social Media Marketing Agency Club, Spirit Club, Student Council, TedX Club, TV Club, Yearbook Club, Yoga Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Advanced Art Portfolio Club, Art Club, Learn to Play Guitar Club, Rock Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Equestrian Club, Mindful Yogis Club

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

    Lights, labs, studios and trails
  • A four-year high school experience at EF Academy New York includes US High School Diploma and IB Diploma 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 or run around over two kilometers of off-road trails on campus. 
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 45 minutes away. Here you will have plenty of opportunities to make the US's most cultural city your classroom - class trips to museums, plays and New York's neighborhoods promote experiential learning, which will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the subject material you are studying and deepen your knowledge. 
Vibrant student life
  • At EF Academy New York, you will have over 50 clubs and 8 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. 
Feel at home
  • Our campus has three residence buildings with a variety of quiet study areas and student lounges on each floor. A key part of the boarding experience is learning how to develop independence, time management and collaboration skills by living with peers on campus. Students live with roommates from different countries which encourages cultural exchange. Resident Advisors live in the residences alongside students and provide 24/7 support and supervision. In addition to evening study hall and tutoring, the Residential and Community Life team incorporates regular activities to foster a strong feeling of community. Our communications network spans the globe so there will always be someone parents can get in touch with, on campus or in their home country.
Explore the US university scene
  • The New York area is host to dozens of the most respected universities in the US, 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, on the East Coast of the US and internationally. 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 Education Department, National Association of Independent Schools, New York State Association of Independent Schools

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