North Country School is a small junior boarding school, grades 4-9, in Lake Placid, NY, with 90 students and 25 faculty members. Family-style living, outdoor education, and a hands-on approach to academics are unique qualities of our program. With a 3:1 student-teacher ratio, we have a nurturing but rigorous academic program, and strong programming in both studio and performing arts.We live on a small working farm that educates students about sustainability and other environmental issues.We value and strive towards diversity in our community, and live in family-style houses not dorms.We also have a strong outdoor program that uses the surrounding Adirondack Park to challenge students in life-long pursuits such as horseback riding, hiking, overnight camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, alpine and Nordic skiing, ice-skating, and ice climbing.
North Country School strives to create a community that gives children the self-confidence, knowledge, skills, and values to lead satisfying and productive lives while contributing to their world.
We believe that children become confident and resourceful individuals when they try new experiences and cultivate their skills toward mastery, with the guidance of caring adults.
We believe that teaching and learning are most successful when intellectual activity is linked with practical experience.
We are committed to simple and sustainable living, making responsible choices about our use of resources.
We are committed to sustaining a diverse and nurturing community that supports individual growth and creativity, develops resilience, engenders compassion, and promotes social responsibility.
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