North Country School

North Country School (NCS) is a progressive boarding and day school in Upstate New York. Serving grades 4-9, NCS offers a project- and place-based program that develops students' intellect and creativity. The curriculum is built upon the 220-acre campus' natural assets, which include a working farm, extensive organic gardens, a private lake, a rock climbing ledge, an alpine ski hill, and extensive cross-country trails. The NCS experience integrates classroom academics, hands-on learning in the farm and gardens, extensive studio and performing arts, and family-style residential life. NCS students come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and countries, and graduates attend competitive independent schools.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 4-9
  • Enrollment: 91 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $62,600
  • Acceptance rate: 77%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

North Country School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 4-9
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
mild-moderate learning differences, ADHD/ADD, Executive function challenges
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
91 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
North Country School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
8 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition includes all weekend activities, skiing, music lessons, computer and laundry fees, etc.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
There is a 7-week session that costs $10,200 and a 4-week session that costs $7,500. Financial aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Bill Newman
Admissions Associate
Haze Liff
Endowment Size
$16 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Cooking, Robotics

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Choir and Band, Music Lessons, Theater Program, Theater Tech

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Canoeing, Hiking, Horseback riding, Ice Climbing, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding

School Notes

  • ACADEMICS: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 and support each child as an individual. Children learn by doing, and they grow by exploring new things, all with the guidance of caring, creative adults. In our academic program, the emphasis on experiential learning is evident in hands-on projects and lessons that focus on our location. In North Country School classes, math students learn about measurement and acquire new computer skills when they record and track the weights of newborn lambs in the barnyard. Science students learn the physical properties of snow pack during a winter term unit on avalanches. In English class, students write persuasive letters to elected officials about current issues they have researched; they create hand-bound, hard-cover journals of their writing and artwork. In arts electives, students paint barn murals, renovate a rowboat in disrepair, or dye wool from our sheep to use in knitting and felting projects. To help students acquire the skills they need in all core academic disciplines, NCS teachers employ a mix of instructional strategies. From collaborative group work to lectures to hands-on labs and projects, students experience innovative teaching strategies on a daily basis. Learning support services are also available to meet students` needs. Finally, while remaining low-tech outside of the classroom, North Country School embraces the use of computer technology as a critical learning tool. Homework and other class projects are posted on Google Classroom, facilitating student-teacher communication. The computer lab is equipped with modern video and photo editing software. While NCS keeps current with technological advances, the school takes pride in a judicious use of technology in order to minimize students' unproductive computer time.
  • RESIDENTIAL LIFE - Students at NCS live with a roommate in one of six small houses of 8-10 children. A team of faculty houseparents works carefully to support and supervise each child. Sharing living spaces and the 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. "Home nights" 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."
  • ARTS:"Art every day" are words we live by at North Country School. For a school our size, we have an unusually large group of arts teachers (more than one-third of the faculty teaches an arts class) and an impressive array of course listings. All students have the equivalent of at least one art class every day, with younger students rotating through core classes in music, theatre, painting and drawing, ceramics, fiber arts, photography, and woodshop. 7th-9th graders choose from electives that provide opportunities for advanced mastery of core arts, as well as exposure to new offerings. Students of all ages have opportunities to submit their work to juried art shows sponsored by local arts organizations.
  • FARM & GARDEN:Our students all contribute to the community with daily chores, helping care for the animals on our farm and planting, weeding and harvesting food from our gardens. As a founding member of the Edible Schoolyard program, we have long valued incorporating education around food, cooking, and sustainability into our programming. Our horseback riding program allows all students to learn to ride and allows experienced riders to progress to more advanced skills such as jumping.
  • OUTDOORS & ATHLETICS:Taking full advance of our spectacular mountain setting, the Outdoor Program offerings range from a walk in the woods to ambitious multi-day hiking and backpacking trips. We offer team sports such as soccer, basketball, cross-country skiing and ultimate frisbee, as well as an equestrian program with ten horses, two riding rings and miles of mountain trails. In the winter months we have extensive snow sport offerings, including skiing and snowboarding on our own ski hill and at Whiteface Mountain, Nordic skiing, skating, and ice climbing. The outdoor program encourages students to take risks, acquire new skills, and gain confidence. All gear, except for personal clothing, is provided so that all children have the opportunity to participate in all offerings.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Richard Rockefeller - Physician and philanthropist
    • Robel Teklemariam - Olympian (cross-country skiing)
    • David Loud - Musician and conductor
    • Matt Salinger - Actor, son of author JD Salinger
    • David Sloan Wilson - Evolutionary biologist
    • Yasmin Aga Khan - Philanthropist
    • Adam Guettel - Composer and lyricist; Tony award winner
    • Jessica Tuck - Actress
    • Guillaume de Ramel - Philanthropist
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does North Country School cost?
North Country School's tuition is approximately $62,600 for private students and $10,200 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of North Country School?
The acceptance rate of North Country School is 77%, which is lower than the national average of 79%.
Who are famous alumni from North Country School?
North Country School famous alumni include: Richard Rockefeller, Robel Teklemariam, David Loud, Matt Salinger, David Sloan Wilson, Yasmin Aga Khan, Adam Guettel, Jessica Tuck and Guillaume de Ramel.
Does North Country School offer a summer program?
Yes, North Country School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does North Country School offer?
North Country School offers 12 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cycling, Drill Team, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding and Soccer. North Country School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New York for most sports offered.
When is the application deadline for North Country School?
The application deadline for North Country School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 4-9
  • Enrollment: 91 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $62,600
  • Acceptance rate: 77%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in New York is $21,405 for elementary schools and $27,541 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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