North Country School

Lake Placid, New York, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Family-style living, outdoor education, and a hands-on approach to academics are unique qualities of our program. Our 3:1 student/teacher ratio provides students with 24-hour parenting ensuring continual learning opportunities. Skiing, mountaineering, camping, riding, work-jobs and studio and performing arts are integral parts of our curriculum. In grade nine students travel off-campus for an experiential study of culture and environment. Our community for childhood establishes self-confidence, skills, values and knowledge for students to lead satisfying, productive lives and contribute to the world.

4382 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, New York, USA 12946

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Director of Admission: David Damico
Admissions Phone:518-523-9329 ext.6000Fax:518-523-4858
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $
  • International Application Fee: $
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1938
  • Campus Size: 200 acres
  • Grades Offered: 4th-9th
  • Accredited by: NYSAIS
Student Body
Grades 4th-9th
Grades 4th-9th
Girls     31 8 39
Boys     37 8 45
Total     68 16 84

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $55,700
  • 5-Day Boarding: $42,500
  • Day Tuition Fee: $24,600
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 33.00%
  • Average Awarded: $28,100
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $9,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: Our traditional core curriculum, enriched by hands-on projects and activities, focuses on the acquisition of solid academic skills. Small classes allow for attention and instruction that challenge each child according to his or her ability. We have high expectations for students.

Department Director: Nick Perry

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 26

Student/Teacher Ratio: 3/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Spanish
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physical Science
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-calculus - offered most years.
Computer Studies:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • History of Jazz
  • Individual Instructions
  • Recording
  • Songwriting
  • Guitar
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Lighting Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Weaving
  • Woodworking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Intersession
    Edible Schoolyard

AP Courses Available:

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 7

Average Students Per Dorm: 10

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

No. of Boys Dorms: 4

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
fireplaces, pianos, dining rooms 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: Students at NCS live with a roommate in small houses of 8 to 12 children. A team of faculty houseparents works carefully to support and supervise each child. Sharing living spaces and daily routines of morning wake-up, evening study hall, and bedtime creates strong relationships among the children and adults in the house. The house becomes the place for much of each student's learning and growth. Homenights every Wednesday - when each house prepares and eats dinner together and enjoys special activities - help students feel a sense of family and a "home away from home"


  • Technology Center
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Ski Hill, Outdoor Climbing, Soccer Field,

Clubs and Organizations

  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outing Club
  • Photography
  • Student Government
  • Theater
  • Woodworking Club
  • Art Club


  • Choral Music
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Private Music Lessons, Photography, Ceramics,
Interscholastic Sports
  • Basketball
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Climbing
  • Ice Skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Ice Climbing

College Information

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:


Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA


Quotes from Alumni

Summary: North Country School's International Summer School (ISS) welcomes students ages 10-14 for English language and American culture immersion. Two sessions, each three weeks long, offer experiential language instruction in the morning and enriching activities and excursions in the afternoon. Our experienced teachers, small size and campus offerings provide an exceptional opportunity to improve language proficiency and experience memorable summertime activities. ISS is designed around individual language needs within small group instruction. Summer students engage in projects and activities the require them to utilize their rapidly developing English language skills. Summer students become proficient speakers, readers and writers. We carefully balance academics and recreation to ensure that language learning is enjoyable and applicable.

Department Director: David Damico

International Summer School (ISS)

July 05, 2014 to August 17, 2014

International Summer School (ISS) offers two, three-week sessions in 2014. Session I: July 5-26 and Session II: July 27-August 17. Students ages 10-14 may apply. Our teachers have high expectations for their students and employ a variety of teaching methods and innovative uses of technology.

Registration Deadline: May 01, 2014
Tuition: $5,000
Financial Aid Available:  No
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