North Country School

4382 Cascade Road,
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Tel: 518-523-9329
Gr: (Boarding) 4-9 | 85 students
North Country was founded in 1938 and is an elementary-middle boarding school where students thrive on the joy of learning through core academics embedded in an environment of outdoors, arts, and community life.
Students participate in farm/garden activities, learn responsibility through daily chores, gain resilience in rock climbing, skiing, horse riding and creative outdoor play.
Student residences are family-lilke and develop strong bonds among students and staff, or as a parent has said, "There is not a place on the planet where teachers are more connected to students." ESL, SSAT prep and secondary school search provided
Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
North Country School
School Focus Junior Boarding School
Grades (Boarding) Grades 4-9
School Type Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational
Year Founded 1938
Campus Size 200 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 85 students
% Students of Color 25%
% International Students 30%
% Students Boarding 80%

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
Average Class Size 12 students
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:3
ESL Courses Offered Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 35%
Summer Program Offered Yes


Endowment Size $10 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students $57,900
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid 30%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No


Application Deadline None / Rolling
Accepts Standardized Application Yes
SSAT Score No
Acceptance Rate 65%
Director of Admissions David Damico
Associate Director of Admissions Libby Doan


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 3 Interscholastic Sports
Sports Basketball, Nordic Skiing, Soccer


Total Extracurricular Organizations 14 Extracurriculars
Extracurriculars Alpine Skiing, Art Club, Camping, Chorus, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ice Climbing, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Private Music Lessons, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Student Government, Theater

School Notes:

  • Lake Placid is known worldwide as a site of former winter Olympics
  • Friendships, social skills, self-confidence and a passion for learning are among the best attributes of a North Country School student. In addition, the school is a haven for developing knowledge and love of nature, a community in which to excel without competitive pressure, and a respite from the influence of daily TV and media.
  • North Country School students attend a great variety of boarding and day secondary schools after graduation from grade 9.
  • LD types supported: ADHD, mild to moderate learning differences
  • School accreditations: The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and NY Association of Independent Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Andrea Gruber - American dramatic soprano
    • Adam Guettel - American composer-lyricist
    • Yasmin Aga Khan - philanthropist
    • David Loud - American musician and conductor
    • Richard Rockefeller - physician, philanthropist
    • Eileen Rockefeller Growald - author, philanthropist
    • Matt Salinger - American actor
    • Robel Teklemarian - Olympian
    • David Sloan Wilson - American evolutionary biologist

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Northwood School (6.1 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Lake PlacidNorthwood School
    P.O. Box 1070, 92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY12946
    6.1 mi | 173 students | Gr. 9-12
  • BurlingtonRock Point School
    1 Rock Point Road
    802-863-1104 x12
    37.5 mi | 40 students | Gr. 9-12
  • BrockvilleFulford Academy
    280 King Street East
    1 613 341 9330
    91.4 mi | 60 students | Gr. 7-10
  • HaverhillOliverian School
    Mount Moosilauke Highway - Route 25
    92 mi | 50 students | Gr. 9-12
  • St. JohnsburySt. Johnsbury Academy
    1000 Main Street, PO Box 906
    St. JohnsburyVT05819
    93.6 mi | 960 students | Gr. 9-12
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