LIFE IN BALANCE
A full weekday schedule provides students with enriching experiences and helps build the strong community that gives every child the vital sense that they belong. Weekdays are carefully structured to balance academics, arts, and work-jobs with time to socialize, practice a musical instrument and enjoy the outdoors.
For the 2020-2021 school year, in accordance with North Country School’s current COVID-19 protocol, please see the Daily Schedule tab under our Reopening Plan for Fall 2020.
6:30 a.m. Wake up
7:10 a.m. Barn Chores and Work-jobs
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Classes (periods one and two)
10:00 – 10:10 a.m. Morning snack
10:10 – 11:40 a.m. Classes (periods three and four)
11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch and council
12:50 – 1:20 p.m. Homeroom
1:20 – 2:50 p.m. Classes (periods five and six)
2:50 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon snack
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Out-time
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Barn Chores and free time in houses
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Dinner
6:45 – 8:15 p.m. Reading and evening study (times vary by age)
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Bedtime (varies by age)
A TIME FOR ADVENTURE, PLAY, AND REST
Many of the traditions unique to North Country School occur on weekends, including: garden harvest, Muddy Pig Café and Talent Show, Tuckerman’s Ravine ski trip, range-in-a-day hiking marathon, and the senior scavenger hunt. These are in addition to the many outdoor activities offered every Saturday and Sunday.
After morning chores and a hearty breakfast, students depart for off-campus cultural trips and easy-to-challenging outdoor adventures. Depending on the season, activities include canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, cross-country or downhill skiing, pond hockey, and snowboarding. Late afternoon barn chores are followed by dinner, ice cream and the evening’s entertainment, which might be a school dance, bonfire, or a “house challenge,” in which teams of students compete to see who can make the strongest bridge out of popsicle sticks or who is still standing after the last musical chair is pulled. On occasion, students participate in an event led by 9th graders, like casino night. Students often arrange to host a friend from another house for a sleepover.
With the exception of those who have kitchen chores and barn animals to care for, students do not have chores on Sundays and sleep in an extra 45 minutes. A full buffet breakfast is followed by morning study hall and lunch. Students then have their choice of activities, including: arts and crafts, short hikes, soccer, sledding, games in the library or quiet time in a hill house. On some Sunday evenings children dress up for dinner, and on all Sunday evenings children tidy their lockers and bedrooms, read books, and prepare for the week ahead.