EF Academy New York

582 Columbus Ave
Thornwood, NY 10594
EF Academy New York Photo #1 - EF Academy New York hosts 400 students from over 60 different countries including the United States.
EF Academy New York Photo #1 - EF Academy New York hosts 400 students from over 60 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.
EF Academy New York Photo #3 - There are many artistic opportunities around campus. From Art classes to clubs, there is a space for every artist, no matter their skill level. Students can sit pond-side and paint dreamy, landscapes, design real, sustainable fashion using recyclable material, create a portfolio of their best sketches, and so much more.
EF Academy New York Photo #4 - Our theater 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 #5 - Residential students will live in either South Hall (Grades 9 and 10) or East Hall (Grades 11 and 12). The South Hall Dorm has shared bathrooms, while East Hall dorm rooms have en-suite bathrooms. RAs live in the dorms with students to support their day-to-day living and organize fun activities to build a family-oriented community.
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 - Our cafeteria serves a variety of delicious and nutritious food each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From the salad bar to the pasta station, there's something for everyone - including vegetarian and gluten free 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 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, University and Academic Advisor, Residential Advisors and more.
EF Academy's mission to open the world through education inspires everything we do. At our private high school welcoming day and boarding students from 60+ countries including the US, students engage in a learning experience that asks them to explore diverse perspectives through a process of collaboration, analysis, and reflection aimed at developing the skills necessary to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing their generation.
Experience a high school education enhanced by global perspectives with space and encouragement to study and reach your aspirations.Satisfy all your high school credit requirements, get personalized course planning & university preparation and engage in more than 120 learning enrichment and club activities per year.  Take a virtual tour

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $42,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

EF Academy New York ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
EF Academy New York
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
97 acres
126 acres

Student Body

400 students
315 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
13 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
Number of IB Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Upgrades to twin and single rooms also available)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Day students are welcome to join weekend and after-school activities.)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
(Need-based financial aid. Scholarships available)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Lauren Blankstein

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
Creativity Activity & Service (CAS), Extended Essay (EE), IB Biology (HL/SL), IB Chemistry (HL/SL), IB Chinese A Language and Literature (HL/SL), IB Economics (HL/SL), IB English A Literature (HL/SL), IB English B (HL), IB Environmental Systems and Societies (SL), IB Film (HL/SL), IB French Ab Initio (SL), IB German A Literature (HL/SL), IB Global Politics (SL), IB History (HL/SL), IB Mandarin Ab Initio (SL), IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL/SL), IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretation (SL), IB Music (HL/SL), IB Physics (HL/SL), IB Russian A Literature (HL/SL), IB Self-Taught A Literature (SL), IB Spanish A Language and Literature (HL/SL), IB Spanish Ab Initio (SL), IB Spanish B (HL/SL), IB Vietnamese A Literature (HL/SL), IB Visual Arts (HL/SL), Theory of Knowledge (TOK)



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club 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

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School Notes

    Lights, labs, studios, and trails
  • A four-year high school experience at EF Academy New York includes the opportunity to satisfy the US High School Diploma requirements, while also giving you the opportunity to take IB Diploma courses.
  • Students are always engaged in lessons and interacting with classmates in inspiring, spacious classrooms. Theater students step into the spotlight in our auditorium where full-length plays are staged constantly. 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 are the Rose Hill Shopping Center and Columbus Plaza, small plazas with restaurants and shops. Manhattan is 45 minutes away. Here you will have plenty of opportunities to participate in experiential learning - class trips to museums, plays, and New York's neighborhoods promote hands-on 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.Explore the university sceneThe 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 nationally 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, New York State Education Department, National Association of Independent Schools, Middle States Association (MSA)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does EF Academy New York cost?
EF Academy New York's tuition is approximately $69,500 for boarding students and $42,000 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of EF Academy New York?
The acceptance rate of EF Academy New York is 85%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does EF Academy New York offer?
EF Academy New York offers 9 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is EF Academy New York's ranking?
When is the application deadline for EF Academy New York?
The application deadline for EF Academy New York is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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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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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. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $42,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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