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 
2013 School Data
North Country School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus Junior Boarding School College Preparatory
Grades Offered 4-9 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1938 1907
Campus Size 200 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 85 students 300 students
% Students of Color 19% 18%
% International Students 20% 20%
% Students Boarding 75% 67%

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:3 1:7
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 25% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $9 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$24,600 $26,300
Tuition 5 day boarding $42,500 $37,055
% Students on Financial Aid 33% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,500 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 68% 57%
Director of Admissions David Damico  
Associate Director of Admissions Libby Doan  


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 3 13
SportsBasketball, Nordic Skiing, Soccer


Total Extracurricular Organizations 14 24
ExtracurricularsAlpine 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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Northwood School (0.0 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Lake PlacidNorthwood School
    P.O. Box 1070, 92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY12946
    0 mi | 173 students | Gr. 9-12
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