Houghton Academy

9790 Thayer Street
Houghton, NY 14744
Tel: 585-567-8115
  • Houghton Academy is a Christian, college-prep boarding and day school enrolling students in grades 7 - 12.
  • John Nelson, Head of School, describes our program as having a three-fold emphasis on head, heart and hands.
  • We seek to supply core knowledge, allow knowledge to be informed by faith, and then encourage students to put their knowledge and faith into action.
  • To that end, we offer more than academic coursework. We encourage our students to get involved in sports or music or drama or art or publishing as we believe that good education should encompass more than just books and information.
Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Houghton Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denom. / Christian Non-denominational
Year Founded 1883 1910
Campus Size 25 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 124 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 16 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 11 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$30,175 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$6,950 $28,500
Tuition international students $32,470 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 10 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsScott Frazier

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 11 16
CoursesAP Microeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, College Christian Apologetics (dual credit), College Literary Studies (dual credit), College Writing (dual credit), Introduction to Christian Theology (dual credit), Oral Interpretation and Drama (dual credit), Principles of Management (dual credit)


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 6 14
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 11 23
ExtracurricularsBadminton Club, Band, Choir, Community Service Club, Drama Club, Handbell Choir, National Honor Society, Ski/Snowboard Club, Student Senate, Worship Team, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2008 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Houghton College 27
Michigan State University 7
Binghamton University, State University of New York 6
University of Washington 5
Ohio State University at Columbus 4
Boston University 3
Georgia Institute of Technology 3
Indiana Wesleyan University 3
Syracuse University 3
University of Massachusetts Boston 3

School Notes

  • Established in 1883, Houghton Academy has a long history of successfully preparing students for the challenges of college and of life. Comprised of both boarding students and day students, a Houghton education is based on Christian philosophy of education. The faculty and staff at Houghton Academy are committed to serving as positive adult role-models for our students.
  • School accreditations: ACSI, Middle States, TABS, NAIS
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