building grit
Come north and flourish.
At North Country School, children thrive.LEARN HOW
building grit
Small classes. Inspired teaching. Engaged kids.
CONFIDENCE built at NCS makes lifelong learners.LEARN HOW

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Located in the beautiful Adirondacks, North Country School is a New York Boarding School offering a co-ed environment to help children lead satisfying and productive lives.

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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

ISS: July 30, 2014

Posted in International Summer School
on July 30, 2014


ISS: July 29, 2014

Posted in International Summer School
on July 29, 2014

60,000 miles. On July 27, 2014, Lake Placid New York welcomed some very important people. And we’re not talking about the 2,700 elite athletes in town to compete in the annual Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon. No, we’re talking about nine great students from South Korea, China, and Japan – each of whom made a journey that might make the Ironman competition ...More

ISS: July 28, 2014

Posted in International Summer School
on July 28, 2014


Reflections on NCS Class of 2014

Posted in Head's Blog
on July 14, 2014

Dear Families and Friends, Time flies. Nearly six weeks have passed since NCS graduation. I hope this letter finds everyone enjoying the warmth of the summer months, either at home or in your respective travels. This week, I returned from a climbing trip in Peru and as I made my way north, Cascade welcomed me ...More