Surrounded by 100 acres of landscaped grounds, the EF Academy New York boarding school in the US offers students a huge variety of activities to take part in and plenty of space for them to pursue their passions. Experience a traditional american boarding school education in New York in an international setting that will inspire, transform and empower you.
At our private high school in New York, our academic philosophy is centered on allowing students to explore subjects and courses with the aim of helping them discover their passion. Encouraging them to pursue their personal interests is at the root of our university guidance as well.
Students enjoy a wide range of intriguing options to ensure they are fully engaged at school, and ready to succeed at university. Join us for Grades 9 and 10 to benefit from the internationally recognized IGCSE program. In Grades 11 and 12, we offer 40 different IB classes, which allow students to start earning college credits before graduation, including more than 15 world languages, five sciences and three arts. For a broad and challenging course of study, students may pursue the full IB Diploma, which develops intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and creative problem solving. In addition to your IB Diploma or IB Certificates, all successful students earn a nationally recognized High School Diploma.
For students aged 14 to 16 who seek an internationally recognized academic qualification.
For students aged 16 to 19 who would like to pursue a global education and career. Students will also receive a New York State High School Diploma.
For students aged 13 to 19 who would like to learn a wide range of subjects and attend a university in North America.
For students who do not yet meet the programs’ requirements or who want to kickstart their education abroad.
“One thing that I learned at EF Academy is that it is absolutely okay to just be you.”Read More Patch Nattamon Rawanghet, Thailand EF Academy New York
Our university guidance counselors at EF Academy New York have built relationships with leading universities. Students benefit from guided tours of nearby universities, and representatives from over 100 different colleges in North America visit the school throughout the year. Our students are required to participate in co-curricular activities.
George holds an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature and a BA in Spanish and Political Science. He is a Kingenstein Research Fellowship recipient from Columbia University and brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at private boarding and day schools.Read More
Matthew J. Gonzales has been involved with the International Baccalaureate since 1999 and has taught in the Middle Years and Diploma Programs. Matt is currently a senior examiner for DP Music, has been a Diploma Program Examiner since 2004 and is a MYP curriculum reviewer. Matt also designs and facilitates IB teacher training workshops in the PYP, MYP and DP, including IB & the Common Core, Music & Inquiry, Planning, Instruction & Assessment and assessment for learning. Matt also developed Assessment for Learning in the Diploma Program and is a member of the DP Music Curriculum Review Team. Matt has consulted with a wide range of schools in various stages of implementation; he greatly enjoys assisting school communities on their IB journey.Read More
Wendy Bradley holds a BA in Psychology, a MS in Counseling and Psychological Service/Industrial Psychology and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Wendy grew up in a boarding school family - she likes to say it's in her blood! She firmly believes that the world is a very small place, and that if we take the time to connect and know the people in our community, we can discover just how connected we all are. This belief makes her a perfect fit for EF Academy New York, and she is excited to be here.Read More
Eileen holds a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA Middlebury College, and completed all coursework for EdD in educational leadership at Central CT State University. She has just returned from a year serving as Interim Resident Director at School Year Abroad (SYA) Spain, a yearlong homestay-based fully accredited high school program based in Zaragoza, Spain. Prior to that she was Executive Director of School Year Abroad (SYA), overseeing all 4 schools in China, Italy, France and Spain. Before returning to study abroad in 2014 she taught Spanish and served as Assistant/Associate Head at The Gunnery, a boarding/day school in Connecticut. This summer is one of transition from Spain and settling the home she shares in beautiful northwestern Connecticut with her partner, Jack. She looks forward to being able to combine her expertise, experience and passion for study abroad and boarding schools in her work at EF Academy, New York, supporting the faculty and staff team there to provide the highest quality experience for every student in this unique and exciting international and intercultural school community.Read More
Daniel Paccione holds a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. Daniel has worked for EF over the last five years in the role of Director of Global Engagement and Product Innovation where he developed EF’s Global Student Leaders Summit series. Prior to this role, he worked with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to help promote its mission of an "education for a better world.”Read More
Meric Akcay Dunn holds a BA in American Culture and Literature and MS in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. She also completed International Teachers Certificate program assessed by Cambridge International Examinations and granted by ECIS (Educational Collaborative for International Schools). While this will be her fourth year at EF Academy she is celebrating her fifteenth year in international education. She has experience in teaching all programs offered by IB (PYP, MYP and DP) as well as three years of IGCSE. She has recently been enrolled in Somatic Experiencing Training program which will start in February 2019. This year she will take on the role of Dean of Students and focus on building collaborative partnerships with students and supporting student life academically as well as social-emotionally.Read More
Giovanni Villari has a degree in Math and is an alumnus of the Accademia Teatreale Fiorentina and HB Studio. Giovanni has twenty years of experience in the professional theater world as an actor, director, stunt and fight choreographer, set/sound/lighting designer, stage manager, prop master, and technical director. He always suspected he would enjoy teaching, but came to it by happenstance - while he was a technical director for a theater connected to an acting school he was asked to teach some workshops, and decided to pursue teaching. Giovanni's favorite part about EF is his ongoing relationships with students, even after they graduate, and his colleagues.Read More
Fabiana Da Silva has a Bachelor's degree in Literature (in Portuguese and English) and a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Fabiana was drawn to the field of education because of her passion and ability to make an impact on her students, and has experience teaching in Brazil and New York. She loves to dance, travel, and be surrounded by talented students and teachers from all over the world. She considers it a gift that she is able to help students believe in themselves and pursue their dreams here at EF Academy.Read More
Paul Giordano has a BA in Social Studies Education and a BS in Literacy Education. EF was Paul's first full-time job out of college, and obviously he loves it here! Paul's grandfather was in World War II, and his stories of the war always sparked Paul's interest and created his passion for history - since high school, Paul has known that education and sharing his love for history would be his path. In addition to teaching, Paul values his ability to coach athletics here at EF, and finds that seeing his students work hard as a team is one of the most fulfilling parts of his day.Read More
Scott Miller has a BA in History and Philosophy, a B.Ed., and a Master's in Education Leadership as well as a CELTA certification. Scott brings more than ten years of experience teaching overseas in China, the UAE, Oman and Kuwait. After starting to teach in order to travel and see the world, Scott fell in love with the profession. Scott is happy to be back home in North America where he is closer to family.Read More
Mark Niesen has a Master of Science and an MBA, as well as more than twenty years of experience as a financial executive. Mark has had a lifelong interest in teaching and continuing to learn, as well. He loves reading, hiking, skiing and traveling, and values the overall multi-cultural environment of EF Academy New York.Read More
Stephen Fleming has a Bachelor's in Biology and a Master's in Secondary Education. Since being inspired by his sister who is also an educator, Fleming has taught in Warsaw, Poland, and founded a nonprofit to bring marine science education to underserved schools. Stephen loves experiential learning and the marine science spring break trip to belize, where he is able to introduce students to the immense biodiversity in a beautiful fragile ecosystem.Read More
Miriam Ortiz has a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Education, a BS in Spanish Grammar and Literature, and is a certified Spanish Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Prior to teaching in the World Languages department, Miriam worked at EF Academy as the Director of Staff and Student Services. Miriam loves to challenge her students and encourage others to always pursue learning. The sense of family among the students and faculty at EF is one thing she truly values about working at EF Academy NY.Read More
Jenna Marcus has a BA in English Literature and a MS in English Education. Prior to working at EF, Jenna taught English at a high school, and has had a variety of roles since coming to EF Academy, including Interim Head of the English Department, Director of English Curriculum, and the CIE Teacher Support Coordinator. Jenna has always had a passion for academia and curriculum development, and it became clear to her during college that she needed to becom an educator. She values the diverse perspectives and voices of our students and faculty, and also values the roles our faculty play in ensuring that the students are able to achieve their goals.Read More
Michelle Ferrera graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She then went on to receive her MSEd in School Counseling from Hunter College, City University of New York. Prior to joining EF Academy in November 2013, Michelle worked as an Admissions Counselor for the State University of New York, Maritime College.Read More
Gabriela Deambrosio has a BA in Literature, a BS in Secondary Education, and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. As a student, Gabriela frequently moved internationally and experienced many challenges, which inspired her to go into international education and make an impact on students' lives. She has lots of experience in teaching and training in the IB curriculum and is happy to continue learning from our diverse community. Here at EF, Gabriela most values the experiential learning opportunities that allow students to grow and learn in new ways.Read More
Alexandra Levitt has a Bachelor's in History and a Master's in Social Studies Education, and is certified to teach both Social Studies and English in New York. She loves having the opportunity to live and teach abroad, and truly engages with experiential learning through field trips, traveling, and hands-on experiences such as Model UN. Alexandra enjoys traveling, reading, learning languages and eating.Read More
Sophia Pak has a BS in Foreign Language Education, an MA in Psychological Counseling and an MEd in School Counseling, as well as years of experience as a counselor and teacher. Her interest in traveling, passion for working with adolescents, and desire to both teach and learn languages make education and counseling the perfect field for Sophia. This year she is excited about working in a global, international company and working with international students and their families.Read More
Brittney earned her BA in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and went on to receive her M.S.Ed in School Counseling as well as an Advanced Certificate in TESOL and Special Education from Long Island University. Brittney has always had a passion for helping others and believes that each student has the ability to succeed and should receive the resources needed to do so. Ms. Mangieri previously worked at a school in Westchester County with the ASD population as well as working in a public school playing an active role helping sixth graders transition into middle school. She has been a cheerleading coach for over 12 years and has coached many different levels including; collegiate, high school, all-star and youth. This past year Brittney took her counseling experiences to Michigan, where she was the sole counselor for students grades 6-12. Brittney is truly looking forward to starting her journey at EF and getting to know all of the students, faculty and staff.Read More
Joanna Tarzi has a BS in Tourism and Hospitality Management, has worked for EF Language Travel as an activity leader, and has been a house parent, coach, and substitute teacher for EF Academy. Joanna first became interested in working for EF because of the international community. She oves reading and spending time outdoors, and she is consistently surprised and impressed by our students. The amount of talent they have is amazing!Read More
Emily Aquina holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and previously worked as a preschool teacher before joining the EF family a few years ago. Emily was brought to the field of education by her love for working with students and being part of an institution where truly anything is possible. In addition to spending time at the beach, kick-boxing and doing yoga, Emily highly values her relationships with students and staff here at EF. She considers herself lucky to be surrounded by such diverse people and outstanding students!Read More
William Norris has been teaching and living on boarding school campuses for the past 8 years. He started as an ESL instructor in 2011 at St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, CT. After two years in the ESL department, he moved on to the English department where he taught Transitions to Literature and Introduction to Literature to 8th and 9th grade students. In 2016, he moved to Hillside School in Marlborough, MA where he continued teaching English to 8th and 9th graders. Throughout his experience as a boarding school teacher he has also served as a Head Dorm Parent, Coach, Mentor, and Advisor to the many students he has worked with. This past summer he had his first child with his wife Stephanie on July 9th. He is excited to bring his family to such a diverse community of learners that EF Academy offers.Read More
Vanessa earned her B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts where she majored in Psychology and minored in General Education. She comes from Chatham Hall in Chatham, Virginia an all girl's boarding school where she served as the Assistant Athletic Director and Student Activities Director for the past three years. Prior to that she worked in the Office of School Life at her alma mater New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. She has also worked as a Physical Education and Health teacher for the Founder's Academy and YMCA in Londonderry, NH. She is looking forward to collaborating her experience and passion with the entire community here at EF Academy.Read More
John Gavlick has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in Education and School Counseling. John came to EF with eighteen years of experience working in boarding schools in a variety of capacities, including roles as a cocunselor, coach, and teacher. John decided to change from business to education when he was 3/4 of the way done with his degree in order to follow his heart into teaching and helping others. He loves being outside, traveling and doing sports, and is excited about the opportunity to connect with people from across the world as he joins the EF Academy family.Read More
George Stewart Head of School
Matthew Gonzales Deputy Head of School – Academics
Wendy Bradley Deputy Head of School – Residential and Community Life
Eileen Kelly-Aguirre Director of Guidance and Student Success
Daniel Paccione Director of University Advising and IB Coordinator
Meric Dunn Dean of Students
Giovanni Villari Head of Arts
Fabiana Da Silva Head of ESL and IAP Coordinator
Paul Giordano Head of Humanities
Scott Miller Head of Learning and Knowledge
Mark Niesen Head of Mathematics
Stephen Fleming Head of Sciences
Miriam Ortiz Head of World Languages
Jenna Marcus Co-Director of Academic Operations and IGCSE Coordinator
Michelle Ferrera Co-Director of Academic Operations
Gabriela Deambrosio Associate IB Coordinator
Alexandra Levitt Director of Experiential Learning
Sophia Pak Senior Guidance Counselor
Brittney Mangieri Senior Guidance Counselor
Joanna Tarzi Director of Residential and Community Life
Emily Aquina Director of Residential and Community Life
William Norris Director of Residential and Community Life
Vanessa Campbell Director of Residential and Community Life
John Gavlick Director of Residential and Community Life
EF Academy’s high school in New York has an impressive athletic program that includes several varsity sports teams. There are also subject-specific and special interest clubs for students who would like to complement their studies. The activities coordinator plans regular cultural excursions, many of which take students to Manhattan to visit museums and exhibitions or see a show.
EF Academy’s private school in New York has an impressive athletic program that includes several varsity sports teams. There are also subject-specific and special interest clubs for students who would like to complement their studies. The activities coordinator plans regular cultural excursions, many of which take students to Manhattan to visit museums and exhibitions or see a show.Read More Emily Aquina EF Academy New York
Director of Activities and CAS Coordinator
“The Swiss school system wasn’t suitable for our daughter and we wanted to enroll her in a curriculum that had a good combination of activities and academics. Since starting at EF Academy, she has become more enthusiastic about studying, generally happier and more open to the rest of the world.”Read More Catherine & Ridha Belaiba EF Academy New York
Parents of Inès Belaiba
IB Certificate Student
EF Academy’s American high school in New York is tucked in the quiet, suburban town of Thornwood and it is characterized by the many pathways, trails and woodland that surround its academic and residence buildings.
Just down the hill from the school is Rose Hill Shopping Center, a small plaza with restaurants and shops. The famous island of Manhattan is less than an hour away. You will have plenty of time to explore the cultural hub of New York City on excursions organized by the school staff.
Theater students step into the spotlight in our beautiful auditorium where full-length plays are staged twice a year. Science labs equipped with state-of- the-art equipment and welcoming art studios not only enrich your classes, they also host science and art clubs after school and are available for you to use for independent study. Complete your school day with a bit of physical activity in our fully equipped gym, dance studio or basketball courts, or get some fresh air by going on a bike ride around eight kilometers of off-road trails on campus using one of the school’s own mountain bikes.
With a new residence building complete with lounges, study spaces and an outdoor terrace, our private high school in Thornwood, New York is modern, welcoming and perfect for studying and living with friends.
EF Academy New York’s residence building opened for the 2016/17 school year and features modern design with communal spaces that invite students to study and live together. House parents live alongside the students and make sure they are cared for at all times and a staff nurse is on duty daily. Our international school’s residences are structured as communities, with one house parent overseeing a small number of rooms and the students within. Genders are separated and there are age-appropriate curfews, which are enforced by house parents and deans of students. Study hall at EF Academy New York takes place in the residence and is supervised by the house parents.
The on-campus residence buildings also have kitchen areas, quiet study rooms and lounges. Students make themselves at home in these open spaces and build friendships with their classmates and roommates as they cook, study and watch movies together.
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