• flourish
    Come north and flourish.

    At North Country School, children thrive.

  • confidence
    Small classes. Inspired teaching. Engaged kids.

    CONFIDENCE built at NCS makes lifelong learners.

  • community
    Strengthen each one by supporting the all.

    COMMUNITY learned at NCS creates gifted collaborators.

  • creativity
    Art every day. Words we’ve lived by since 1938.

    CREATIVITY developed at NCS sparks innovative thinking.

  • grit
    Chores on a cold Adirondack morning are tough.

    GRIT acquired at NCS breeds success well beyond.


Our Story

Founded in 1938, North Country School sits among mountain peaks in the six million-acre Adirondack Park, just outside Lake Placid, NY. Our 200-acre campus features a working farm, extensive gardens, and alpine wilderness that provide hands-on opportunities for learning and growth. Here boys and girls in grades 4-9 benefit from a literal and metaphorical breath of fresh mountain air; our children thrive in a humanely paced program that features equal parts academics, arts, work, and play. The guidance of talented, committed adults and a strong, diverse community instill in students values of simple living and environmental responsibility. With a unique mix of inspiring people, place, and programs, North Country School helps students to flourish.

From our Blog

Daily Photos 9-29-2014

Posted in Daily Photos
on September 29, 2014

Over the past few days, we’ve enjoyed peak autumn colors, as well as the unseasonably warm weather of an Indian summer. This weekend, students took full advantage of these fabulous conditions with many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling, and hiking. On Saturday, 9th grade students (Level V) volunteered at the North Country ...More

End Of Week 9-26-2014

Posted in Daily Photos
on September 26, 2014

As Hock mentioned on the very first day of school, we promise to do an exemplary job of teaching the traditional 3Rs: Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic. We hear back that our graduates are doing extraordinarily well in their high school humanities courses. In the three-minute video below you will see our students working on spelling, ...More

Daily Photos 9-25-2014

Posted in Daily Photos
on September 25, 2014

Thursday classes have ended, and many from campus are off to Northwood School in Lake Placid to watch the NCS soccer team in an away game. Excitement for weekend activities is gaining momentum. On Saturday, some of our more ambitious hikers will be challenging themselves with a 10 mile hike of Table Top Mountain. Table ...More

Daily Photos 9-24-2014

Posted in Daily Photos
on September 24, 2014

Today, using data collected from our farm’s annual crop and harvest yields, Level III Math students learned about statistics and graphing. After reading Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” earlier in the week, Level IV English students watched the 1969 film adaptation, which includes a commentary by University of Southern California English professor Dr. James ...More