• 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 9-17-2014

Posted in Daily Photos
on September 17, 2014

Today was, as always, full of activity. Some highlights include salsa lessons in the quonset and Edible Schoolyard classes in the Children’s Garden. The weather has been beautiful and everyone is looking forward to tonight’s cook-out.

Daily Photos 9-16-2014

Posted in Daily Photos
on September 16, 2014

As always, weather in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks is variable. Today was a mix of sunshine and scattered rain showers, but despite the weather, stunning views prevailed. Campus life is gaining momentum. This morning – using edible ingredients – earth science students learned about “strata,” or layers of sedimentary rock and soil. Later this afternoon, ...More

Welcome to NCS 2014-2015

Posted in Daily Photos
on September 15, 2014

Welcome to NCS 2014-2015. The first day of school is always a time of excitement and transition. Since arriving on Friday, students have been busy connecting with each other, exploring the campus and surrounding wilderness, and settling in to their daily routines. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

What we heard from you

Posted in Head's Blog
on August 18, 2014

  Dear Parents & Guardians, Late summer in the Adirondacks has found evening temperatures dipping into the low 40s. This past Saturday, Camp Treetops campers and NCS international summer students began to make their way home from Lake Placid – to places across the United States and across the globe. Campus will be far quieter, but ...More