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Head of School Welcome

Welcome to Northwood School!


Hello, my name is Michael Maher and I am the head of Northwood School. Since 1905, Northwood has been fostering growth in young people and preparing them to engage in their world. In its spectacular Adirondack setting, Northwood offers an educational experience in which innovative student-centered teaching is complemented by the best of traditional pedagogy. The faculty is exceptionally talented and experienced and has, since the school opened, been generous with their time, giving focused help beyond the classroom. With under 200 students, we can create independent studies, unique courses in robotics, design, and entrepreneurship, as well as an advanced science research program that recently won a foundation grant so that we can be a model for northern New York.

Our co-curricular programs include some of the finest school-based hockey, skiing, and soccer in the country, exciting and varied outdoor programs, and first-rate options for vocal and dance performance. Students can participate throughout the year in the sport or activity for which they have a passion. Our students learn to balance heavy immersion in their chosen activity with a rigorous academic program that gets them ready for the demands of college.

 Northwood alums especially value not only what they learned here but also the friendships they made with both peers and faculty. Most would suggest that the entirety of their experience not only shaped them but sustained them well beyond their graduation from the school. We are proud to be a school to which our students are attached for the rest of their lives and which has prepared them for lives of consequence.

Maher Signature

Michael J. Maher, Head of School