Northwood School

92 Northwood Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Northwood School Photo #1
Northwood School Photo #1
Northwood School Photo #2 - Academically, our students engage with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum while also engaging in intensive, hands-on learning experiences including Honors-level Independent Study, LEAP, Innovation Hub, Advanced STEM Research, Advanced Humanities Research, design thinking, robotics, entrepreneurship, Learning Center, and cross-pollination with partners.
Northwood School Photo #3 - Culturally, Northwood School's diverse student body consists of 190 students from every region of the United States and 25+ countries, bringing rich perspectives.
Northwood School Photo #4 - Northwood students have a unique connection and unparalleled access to the 6 million acre Adirondack Park. This includes actively exploring the mountains, lakes, and streams around us, but also connecting with the vibrant conservancy and scientific community in the area.
Northwood School Photo #5 - Whether they are playing the ukulele, making a stop motion video, or drawing a self-portrait, artists at Northwood are passionate. Northwood Art Department offers students a wide rand of courses in the visual and performing arts to engage creatively and explore their artistic talents.
Northwood School Photo #6 - Northwood School's Innovation + Design course follows the MIT School of Architecture and Planning`s model for collaborative problem solving in the form of a project-based curriculum that emphasizes an engagement in community, grows creative thinking, and supports the "building" of projects through a wide range of tools and materials.
Northwood School Photo #7 - Northwood School has a beach on Mirror Lake a short walk from campus. Students and faculty utilize the beach for a wide array of water activities. You'll also see our crew team setting off from what we call, Northwood Beach.
Northwood School Photo #8 - The Northwood School robotics program offers both academic courses for credit and co-curricular options for students who'd like to spend time outside of school learning about programming and problem solving through robotics design. Northwood participates in both the FIRST Robotics and VEX Robotics competitive circuits.
Northwood School Photo #9 - The LEAP Program provides Northwood School students with unique opportunities to experience firsthand learning in new, and often unfamiliar, environments. During our week-long intensive courses, students and teachers travel near and far to explore topics outside the realm of a traditional college preparatory program.
Northwood School Photo #10 - Geographically and Environmentally, students can adventure in the timeless wilds of the Adirondacks while also enjoying the modern comforts and amenities of the vibrant village of Lake Placid. The greater Lake Placid/the Adirondacks and the nearby Olympic facilities are extensions of our classrooms and labs.
Northwood School is an internationally recognized boarding and day school, pairing rich academics with elite sports to form confident, globally-minded students.
Situated in the world-renowned Olympic destination of Lake Placid, our campus is home to 190 students from every region of the United States and over 24 countries, who are eager to experience the location`s unique offerings.
Northwood students bring with them rich perspectives and graduate with the passion and know-how to immerse themselves in our ever-changing world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 190 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,960
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $46,170
  • Acceptance rate: 43%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Northwood School ranks among the top 10 schools with < 200 students (out of 91 schools) for:

Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Northwood School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Learning Difference Programs
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
85 acres
126 acres

Student Body

190 students
320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1030 - 1230
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Khaki pants, collared shirts
Average Class Size
10 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$10 million
$28 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
(FA Granted Based on Need-Based Process)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Jan. 15
Average Percentile SSAT
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Gino Riffle
Associate Director of Admissions
Carrie Wardlaw

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
A.P. English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Literature & Composition, Calculus A/B, Humanities Research, Psychology, Statistics, Stem Research, US History



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Community Service Club, Newspaper, Northwood Outing Club, Outdoor Leadership, Reading Club, Student Government, Sustainability Club

Arts and Music Programs:

College Matriculation

Year: 2019 - 2021
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
St. Lawrence University
Universtiy of Nebraska at Omaha
Cornell University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Clarkson University
Skidmore College
Dartmouth College
Middlebury College
Trinity College
Union College

School Notes

  • The Northwood Difference - At Northwood, no one is anonymous. The Northwood experience begins with strong personal faculty-student and peer-to-peer relationships, instilling students with the confidence and maturity to engage with the outside world. We leverage our environment to create a high-touch, comprehensive educational experience. While focusing on place-based learning, students engage with nature, Olympic facilities, and the local community with an impact that extends well beyond our intimate pastoral grounds.
  • LD types supported: Yes
  • Northwood School accreditations: N.Y.S.A.I.S.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Eleanor Powell '80 - Executive Director, Investor Relations at The Estee Lauder Companies Inc
    • Theodore Davidge Lockwood ‘42 - Former President of Trinity College, 1968-1981
    • Mike Richter '85 - 1988, 1998, 2002 Olympics, Ice Hockey
    • Dr. Amanda Donohue ‘94 - Cardiologist with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
    • Darcy Prime ‘73 Owner - Darcy Prime Consulting, Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Stanford University
    • Thomas Vonn '94 - 2002 Olympics, Alpine Skiing
    • Nancy Kirhoffer ‘82 - Post Production Supervisor, Hollywood Film Industry
    • Andrew Weibrecht '03 - 2010, 2014 Olympics, Alpine Skiing
    • Craig Randall '61 - Mayor Lake Placid, NY
    • Brad Olch '69 - Former Mayor, Park City, Utah
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northwood School cost?
Northwood School's tuition is approximately $66,960 for boarding students and $46,170 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Northwood School?
The acceptance rate of Northwood School is 43%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%. Northwood School's acceptance rate is ranked as one of the top boarding schools with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Northwood School?
Northwood School famous alumni include: Eleanor Powell '80, Theodore Davidge Lockwood ‘42, Mike Richter '85, Dr. Amanda Donohue ‘94, Darcy Prime ‘73 Owner, Thomas Vonn '94, Nancy Kirhoffer ‘82, Andrew Weibrecht '03, Craig Randall '61 and Brad Olch '69.
What sports does Northwood School offer?
Northwood School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Climbing, Crew, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Riding, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding and Soccer.
What is Northwood School's ranking?
Northwood School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Large student body (number of students), Low acceptance rates and High SSAT scores.
When is the application deadline for Northwood School?
The application deadline for Northwood School is Jan. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 190 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,960
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $46,170
  • Acceptance rate: 43%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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