Northwood School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: 518-523-3382
92 Northwood Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
  • "Founded in 1905, Northwood is located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, a small village that twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980).
  • It is also the home of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; consequently, the area offers unique outdoor, athletic, and cultural opportunities.
  • The School is 2 hours from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Albany, New York; and Burlington, Vermont.
  • The 85-acre campus is nestled in the heart of the village and at the base of Cobble Mountain.
  • The Adirondack Mountains surround the village and are a beautiful backdrop for the School...".

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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    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. . .
Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Northwood School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1905 1910
Campus Size 80 acres 105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 173 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1670 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1580 - 1840 -
Average ACT score 24 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 9 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $9 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,900 $52,698
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,925 $28,400
Tuition international students $59,500 $47,400
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $24,900 $22,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 50% -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBrad D'Arco
Evan Nielsen
Associate Director of AdmissionsCarrie Wardlaw

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
CoursesBiology, Calculus, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Psychology, US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Crew, Cycling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations 5 23
ExtracurricularsCommunity Service Club, Newspaper, Reading Club, Student Government, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Vermont 4
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 3
Syracuse University 3
Ithaca College 2
University of Maine 2
Wesleyan University 2
Boston University 1
Colby College 1
Fordham University 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1
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 supports the "building" of projects through a wide range of tools and materials.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • 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 '08 - 2010 Olympics, Alpine Skiing
    • Craig Randall '61 - Mayor Lake Placid, NY
    • Brad Olch '69 - Former Mayor, Park City, Utah
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