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International Students Program

Welcome to the United States

Welcome to Northwood School, an independent coeducational boarding school offering a college preparatory curriculum for students from grade nine through a postgraduate year. Located in the Olympic village of Lake Placid, New York, and surrounded by the Adirondack Park (the largest protected natural area in the Lower 48 states), our setting invites students to engage with the community beyond campus. Students are encouraged to explore the unparalleled landscapes around them and dive into cultural experiences made richer by our hometown’s global profile and dynamic legacy. This environment rewards curiosity, cultivates ingenuity, and fosters self-reliance. Schedule a visit to our school or plan a trip to Lake Placid to see for yourself.

Here in Lake Placid, you can take a ride on the gondola at Whiteface and you may share the ride with Brazilian skiers or Russian snowboarders. Or while walking down Main Street, the melody of a foreign language will often reach your ears. We approach cultural exchange with respect and open minds, and we celebrate your unique contributions to our community. Each year, international students represent as many as 15 countries and make-up 28 percent of our student body. Our students and faculty embrace scholars traveling from overseas as peers and equals. And, in no time, you’ll see us as your family.

Designed to Succeed

With admission events scheduled in countries worldwide, our admission staff goes the distance to meet prospective international students and answer their questions. Every international student at Northwood School is immersed fully in campus life; from boarding in our dorms to participating in sports, social activities, and school clubs.

In addition to a full academic and co-curricular experience, Northwood School offers access to English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at various levels to help you develop language fluency. Our counselors will assist you with holiday break planning as well, whether you wish to remain on campus or travel elsewhere.

Inside the international student experience: