The Northwood Difference
Northwood School, located in Lake Placid, New York, provides students with well-rounded educational experiences, allowing them to succeed in college and beyond. As an independent prep school in New England, we offer a trimester-based college preparatory curriculum for students grades nine (9) through twelve (12), plus a post-graduate year. The student body comprises 190 students from around the country and the world, eighty-five percent of whom live on campus as boarding students.
Our student to faculty ratio is 5:1, with an average class size of 10 students. With smaller class sizes, our teachers are able to provide extra support that is expected from private boarding schools. In addition to our traditional college-prep curriculum, we offer several signature programs such as L.E.A.P., Advanced Scholars, as well as programs such as Robotics, Innovation & Design, Entrepreneurial Studies at the new Innovation Hub. Beyond the classroom, Northwood offers students competitive athletic programs and co-curricular programs in arts, music, outdoor recreation, and community service.
Since Northwood is located within the Adirondack Mountains, students have unique opportunities to engage with the natural world and incorporate it into their educational program. Mountain Day, a long-standing Northwood School tradition, sends our faculty and students up the mountains for a day of exploration and exercise during one of the most beautiful times of the year, fall. Problem-solving, compassion for others, teamwork, and appreciation for the Earth are just a few of the life lessons that this unique experience teaches our students.
Northwood School is unlike any other private boarding school in the United States. Its location is breathtakingly beautiful, and its educational experiences set students up for lifelong success, not to mention a lifetime of memories.
The Center of Somewhere Special
Download our Welcome to Northwood School ebook for more information about the Northwood difference, including our campus, the Adirondack Park, Safety & Security, Academics, Athletics, the Dance Sanctuary, and information about Lake Placid and nearby towns and places of interest.
For a closer look at the people and programs which make Northwood School unique, be sure to check out our Admission Viewbook.