Northwood School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: 518-523-3382
92 Northwood Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
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 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.
Traditional college prep curriculum with AP courses in every discipline and signature programs in Entrepreneurial Studies, Innovation + Design, and Robotics.
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 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.
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 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'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.
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.
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 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 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...".

Upcoming Events and News:

  • Northwood School Welcomes New Director of Alpine Skiing - 09/14/2017 - Northwood School has hired a new director of alpine skiing, Terry DelliQuadri. DelliQuadri was selected following a national search, where his experience, vision, and impact on students over his many years of coaching set him apart from the deep pool of applic...more
  • Don't Sleep On High Schooler Jack Dugan - 09/14/2017 - Every draft has sleepers, dark horses and late bloomers and Jack Dugan may be a hidden gem that encompasses all three.
  • North Country Youth Bound For Climate Summit - 09/14/2017 - Seven bright high school students from seven different schools (including Northwood freshman Jessica Jang) in the Adirondacks are attending the Climate Reality Leadership Training in Denver, which is led by former-Vice President Al Gore today through Saturday.
  • Don Mellor '71 Publishes New Ice Climbing Guidebook - 09/14/2017 - Northwood School alum and longtime English teacher and outdoor educator, Don Mellor`s second edition of Blue Lines: An Adirondack Ice Climber`s Guide, published this month, describes almost 600 ice-climbing routes - a testament to the popularity of an erstwhil...more
  • Trailblazer: Blake Bolden '09 - 09/14/2017 - Growing up in Cleveland, OH, Bolden`s love for hockey blossomed at the ripe age of six, when she began following the IHL`s Cleveland Lumberjacks thanks largely to her father. Her father worked for the team at the time and would often bring her into the locker ...more
  • ARTIST PROFILE: Bridging the Generation Gap - 09/14/2017 - Art students at Lake Placid's Northwood School are getting a lesson in making art more meaningful through the importance of making personal connections while residents at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid get to have their portraits drawn while enjoying the ...more

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  • 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. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Northwood SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG6-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19051910
Campus Size80 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment170 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1670* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1580 - 1840-
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 Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1017
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$9 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$57,900$47,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$33,500$22,730
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 Offered1017
CoursesBiology, Calculus A/B, Calculus B/C, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, Statistics, US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1914
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis


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

Arts and Music Programs:
Community Service Club, Jazz Band, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201610 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University0
Colby College0
Ithaca College0
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)0
Syracuse University0
University of Maine0
University of Vermont0
Wesleyan University0
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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