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The Innovation Hub at Northwood School


Northwood School’s commitment to excellence in academic programming will soon extend into a new, progressive 12,000+ square foot facility in downtown Lake Placid. The flexible, open classroom and event space will be a center for real-world application, creative thinking and community collaboration, providing a hub for modern day learning.

Northwood School expects to complete construction and occupy the facility in the early part of the 2019-2020 academic year.


“This investment in the residents of the Adirondack Park and in the lives of the students will bridge programs, projects, and people, and provide a sustainable and positive impact on the region for generations.”  - Tom Broderick, Associate Head of School for External Affairs

The $2.5 million funding for this transformational project has been provided by key early philanthropic support from Northwood school alumni, families and friends. This financial commitment to the development of The Innovation Hub at Northwood School exemplifies the sustained support from our generous donors in our mission to provide diverse academic offerings in top-notch facilities.

With the visible Main St. facility, Northwood alumni will feel increased pride in their school and enjoy the opportunity to connect with current students through Alumni supported programming and collaboration in this new location. For more information on how you can support this initiative please visit the Northwood Giving page or contact Associate Director of Development Stephanie Colby at (518)302-5138.


“The Main St. location builds on the strength of Northwood School’s history and mission which is to prepare young people to be leaders in fields that innovate solutions to the challenges of our global community. The facility will benefit the entire community from local students to guests to our region.” - Michael Maher, Head of School

A central function of the facility's mission is to promote collaboration, engagement and partnerships, capitalizing on the shared knowledge, innovation and creativity within our community. The Innovation Hub at Northwood School will offer auxiliary programs including after-school, weekend, summer, guest lectures and professional development to ignite intellectual, cultural and professional pursuits.


“Much in the same way that the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is bridging the educational gap for local youth in the arts, this facility will help young people and residents of the community develop the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in their intellectual and professional pursuits.” - Michael Maher, Head of School

As an extension of Northwood’s main campus, The Innovation Hub at Northwood School will provide the space, tools, an academic curriculum to hone modern world knowledge and experience that the country’s top colleges and employers value most. Students will be better empowered and equipped to confidently lead lives of consequence.

It’s extraordinary location rooted in the Adirondacks combined with the school’s highly talented faculty and diverse academic programming enhances our goal to provide experiences that create confident, globally-minded students ready to innovate and adapt to our ever-changing world.

Programs like Robotics, Innovation & Design, Entrepreneurial Studies and LEAP (Learn, Engage, Apply, Perform) will expand with the addition of this new facility allowing Northwood School to offer an interdisciplinary approach to education that emphasizes active learning, making, and risk-taking and challenges students to become resilient, independent thinkers.

One of the key advantages of an experience at Northwood School is that it provides the platform to achieve excellence in both sport and academics in a supported environment with the added benefit of experiencing the expanded offerings of enhanced academics at The Innovation Hub at Northwood School.

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