ADMISSIONS VISITS TO NORTH COUNTRY SCHOOL CAMPUS
A visit to North Country School is much more than a chance for your child to be interviewed. It is an opportunity for your family to experience what it truly means to be part of the NCS community, and to meet the teachers who would be caring for your child in and out of the classroom as well as the students who would be your child’s classmates and friends. In a typical year, it is a chance to sit down for a home-cooked meal in our dining room and to begin to imagine if North Country School feels like the right fit for you.
We are still welcoming interested families to North Country School by appointment. Our campus tours look a little different than they have in the past, and in an ongoing effort to keep our community safe and healthy, we ask everyone who visits to please follow these important guidelines:
- appointments should be scheduled at least 7 days in advance
- visitors must adhere to all NY State travel guidelines
- visitors must complete a Visitor Self-Screen prior to arriving on campus
Campus Tours will be conducted by an Admissions Officer and will be held outdoors, socially distanced, and masks are required at all times while on campus.
If you have additional questions or if you would like to set up a visit, please contact our admissions office at (518) 523-9329, ext. 6000 or by email at .
2022 OFF-CAMPUS VISITS
San Diego, CA – November 7 – 9
Seattle, WA – November 13 – 15
If interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact Bill Newman,
Director of Admission at
SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON VISIT OR A VIRTUAL TOUR
Campus visits are scheduled Monday through Friday and generally go from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m; we can often accommodate different schedules if necessary. While we are happy to welcome you at any point in the admissions process, any information we have ahead of your visit will allow us to make the most of your time on campus.
Although an in-person visit is the best way to get to know North Country School, we understand that traveling to our campus is not always possible, especially amid the current pandemic. To that end, we are also happy to present a personalized Virtual Tour using Zoom.
To schedule an in-person or virtual visit, please reach out to our admissions office at (518) 523-9329, ext. 6000, or by email at .
Please note that we are currently only able to offer in-person campus tours if everyone wears a mask.
What to Expect
A typical visit begins at 9:30 a.m. with a warm welcome meeting in our admissions office, followed by a tour of the classroom buildings and a chance to see some classes in action. We will visit the arts studios as well as a student residence. You and your child will have time to meet with our Director of School and/or other faculty members as necessary. Lunch in our dining room will provide a time to have an informal conversation with current students and to learn about NCS from their perspective. After lunch, we will tour the barn and address any other topics of interest. The visit will end with a meeting in the admissions office to answer any final questions that you have before departing.
What to Wear
As our teachers and students frequently spend time outside throughout the school day, we dress casually; you are welcome to do the same. Comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather are also suggested.
Travel to North Country School
From New York and New Jersey, through Albany: North Country School is two hours north of Albany. From Albany, take I-87 north to Exit 30 (Route 73, Keene Valley, Keene). At the end of the exit ramp turn left, taking Routes 9 and 73 west toward Keene and Lake Placid. In 2 miles, bear left to stay on Route 73. After passing through the town of Keene Valley, bear left in Keene to stay on Route 73, heading toward Lake Placid. In 6.8 miles, North Country School is on the right. The North Country School and Camp Treetops sign and our driveway are visible at the crest of a hill after a long curve past the Cascade Lakes.
Albany International Airport (ALB) — Albany, NY
Burlington International Airport (BTV) — South Burlington, VT
Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) — Lake Clear, NY
Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) — Plattsburgh, NY
Available from New York Pennsylvania Station to Westport, NY. See “Car Services” below for transportation from the train station to North Country School.
Adirondack Express Taxi: (518) 524-6963
Polar Express Transportation Company: (518) 327-3331
Uber is also available on a limited basis.
Where to Stay In Lake Placid
As a popular vacation destination, Lake Placid has many wonderful hotels and vacation rentals available. We would be happy to provide recommendations if needed.