Houghton Academy

9790 Thayer Street
Houghton, NY 14744
  • Houghton Academy is a Christian, college-prep boarding and day school enrolling students in grades 6 - 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.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Houghton AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)7-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded18831909
Campus Size25 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment96 students320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Land's End Uniforms)
Average Class Size16 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1018
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$0.1 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$38,282$51,135
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 10 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJohn Nelson

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1018
CoursesCollege Calculus 1 (dual credit), College Computer Science 1 (dual credit), College General Physics (dual credit), College Introduction to American Government & Politics (dual credit), College Introduction to Computers & Applications (dual credit), College Introduction to Literature (dual credit), College Principles of Writing (dual credit), College Survey of American History (dual credit)


# Interscholastic Sports Offered516
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1223
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Foreign Travel, Girls Helping Girls - Peer Mediators, Sports, Student Senate

Arts and Music Programs:
French, Latin, and Spanish Honor Societies, Spanish and Latin Clubs, Save A Mile, Worship Team

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton Club, School Government Association

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 201910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Houghton College9
Indiana University Bloomington5
Miami University4
The Ohio State University3
University of Massachusetts Boston3
Grove City College2
Indiana Wesleyan University2
Purdue University2
Stony Brook University2
Toccoa Falls College2
Link to Matriculation Data

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.
  • Houghton Academy accreditations: ACSI, Middle States, TABS, NAIS

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