Northwood School is a coeducational, independent boarding school in Lake Placid, New York offering a semester-based college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 9 through 12, plus a post-graduate year. Northwood’s student body is comprised of 190 students from 24 countries and 21 states, 85% of whom live on campus. The school boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1, with an average class size of 10 students. In addition to the school’s traditional college prep curriculum, Northwood offers several Signature Academic Programs such as the L.E.A.P. (Learn, Engage, Apply, and Perform) program, an Entrepreneurship course, and an Innovation + Design program. Beyond the classroom, Northwood offers students competitive athletic programs and co-curricular programs in arts, music, outdoor recreation, community service, and robotics. All of our programs are designed to provide students with a well-rounded educational experience, allowing them to find success at college and beyond.




Hear what our graduates say.

Quote Mark Quote Mark

The most extraordinary educational experience I ever had was at Northwood.

Richard Shaw ’68

Quote Mark Quote Mark

Northwood has a philosophy around teaching that really drives lifelong learning.

Pam Scheideler ’90

Quote Mark Quote Mark

It has what a lot of places don’t have… that soul in the middle of the Adirondacks.

Mike Richter ’85

Quote Mark Quote Mark

It’s an easy place to be. When you walk down the hall everyone just wants you to succeed. They genuinely care about the students.

Blake Bolden ’09

Quote Mark Quote Mark

In the one year that I’ve been at Northwood it’s given me more opportunities than any school would have given me in four years.

Chase Ormiston ’19

Quote Mark Quote Mark

When someone believes in you,

it makes you believe in yourself.

Angelia Castillo ’19

Quote Mark Quote Mark

I left Northwood knowing I could do anything I wanted. That changed my life.

Mark “Dill” Driscoll ’70