Northwood School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
92 Northwood Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Northwood School Photo #1 - Northwood School is set on an 88 acre campus, walking distance from the village of Lake Placid, NY and based in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park.
Northwood School Photo #2 - Traditional college prep curriculum with AP courses in every discipline and signature programs in Entrepreneurial Studies, Innovation + Design, and Robotics.
Northwood School Photo #3 - With a student to teacher ratio of 6:1 and an average class size of 10, Northwood School is able to offer a personalized approach to each student's education.
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 - 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 #6 - 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 #7 - 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 #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 - 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 #10 - Northwood School has a rich tradition of athletics dating back to its founding in 1905. Our Mission Statement at Northwood states that we are here to provide a setting for students to determine and attain personal goals through a balance of rigorous academics, an awareness of the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, and the unique athletic opportunities available in the region. Hence, the athletic program supports the Mission Statement in educating our students to improve and foster their moral, mental, and physical development.
  • Founded in 1905, Northwood School is located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, New York; a beautiful mountain town which has twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980).
  • Northwood enjoys close proximity and working relationships with organizations like the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Adirondack Writing Center, The Pendragon Theater, and The Wild Center, and others which offer unique artistic, creative, outdoor, and cultural opportunities in the area.
  • Northwood School is a 2 hour drive from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Albany, New York; and Burlington, Vermont.
  • Northwood's 85-acre campus is nestled beneath Cobble Mountain, just across Mirror Lake from the shops and restaurants of Lake Placid's Main Street.
  • The Adirondack Mountains surround Northwood's campus and provide, a beautiful setting to live, work, and play for our students and faculty.

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  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    The academics are very challenging. The professors really care about the success of each student. They will offer assistance to ensure the rigorous material is thoroughly understood. The classes are very small, perfect for serious. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Northwood SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19051909
Campus Size85 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment190 students320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1120* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1030 - 1230-
Average ACT score24*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki pants, collared shirts)
Average Class Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1018
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$10 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$62,000$51,135
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$40,105
(FA Granted Based on Need-Based Process)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineJan. 31 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT50%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBrad D'Arco
Evan Nielsen
Associate Director of AdmissionsCarrie Wardlaw

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1018
CoursesBiology, Calculus A/B, Calculus B/C, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, Psychology, US History, World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2416
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Riding, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations923
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Community Service Club, Newspaper, Northwood Outing Club, Outdoor Leadership, Reading Club, Student Government, Sustainability Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Jazz Band, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
St. Lawrence University12
Concordia University (Montreal)8
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)7
SUNY Plattsburgh7
University at Buffalo7
Clarkson University5
University of Maine5
Miami University (OH)4
SUNY Oswego4
Trinity College4
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

    The advantage of a Northwood School education is that we provide students with first hand experiences that allow them to find and explore their passions, create a skills and knowledge base that will be applicable in college and beyond, and distinguishes Northwood School students in the college admission process. 
  • We offer a traditional college prep curriculum, with AP offerings in all academic disciplines, in addition to a robust co-curricular program.
  • Northwood School`s offerings and facilities focused on Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurial studies provide first hand experiences rarely offered to students at the high school level.
  • Project-based curriculum that emphasizes engagement in the community, growth in creative thinking, and believes in learning by doing through a wide range of tools and materials.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • 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

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Families complete a standard admission inquiry form with the admission office.
Candidates and families visit campus for a tour and admission interview. We will do admission interviews via Skype for those unable to get to campus.
Candidates and Families complete admission application and submit required forms via Gateway to Prep Schools or the Standard Application Online (SAO). Application materials should be submitted prior to Northwood School's application deadline of January 31.

Application Requirements:
1) Interview with an admission officer
2) Completed Application
3) Grade report or transcript from current school
4) Recommendations from Math and English teacher
5) Submission of standardized testing Required testing submission: 9th grade candidates: SSAT or ISEE 10th grade candidates: SSAT or ISEE 11th grade candidates (one of the following): PSAT, SAT, PLAN, or ACT 12/PG candidates(one of the following): PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT - All non-native speakers must submit a TOEFL or TOEFL JR in addition to standardized testing - Candidates for the Learning Center can submit educational testing in lieu of standardized testing

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