School Details

North Country School

4382 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-9329

(out of 10)

Private Grades 4-9 84 students 4 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

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About this school

North Country School is a private middle school in North Elba. The principal of North Country School is David Hochschartner and can be contacted at 84 students attend North Country School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at North Country School is 4:1. Mountain Lake Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 74% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% %
Asian 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Ncs is different. It's not a place for people who aren't opened minded or who are very quite. But even if you are those things after a while you'll shed those feelings. At Ncs as for the two years I've gone I've met some of the best friends I've had really ever. Even though you see the same 85 crazy kids everyday it almost never feels boring. Most of the kids I've met have in some way become a part of a big weird family of renta kids that I've come to know.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 2 kids at NCS in grades 4 & 6. They are very different kids but the school serves them both so well with a genuinely progressive curriculum incredible time spent outdoors and on the farm and a wide area of caring adults who love middle schoolers. My kids are learning to ski and snowboard with weekly winter trips to Whiteface Mountain. Other activities include outdoor sports like ice climbing and Nordic skiing plus basketball and a truly exceptional arts program. I'm especially impressed by their science curriculum. My kids learn in a hands-on experiential classroom and lots of outside-the-classroom time as well. Learning about animal habitats included taking canoes out to find beaver lodges. Faculty are caring adults who live primarily on-campus and really get to know the students. We couldn't be happier.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the only school where a teacher has told me that he will explain the same thing 10 000 times 10 000 different ways. What a revelation! I have never learnt so much with so much confidence or had so much fun. I did not think I could learn before this school. This school really does change lives for the better.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to NCS in the late 80's and it was by far my favorite school. The kids and staff are close and live in family houses. Sports and activities such as rock climbing riding skiing ( it has it's own ski hill and ski days to Whiteface and Big Tupper) and especially hiking. This school got me interested in learning again. The school I had been to previously had bored me to tears. At NCS the classes are very small which means the kids have more one-on-one time with the teachers. The teachers I had always strove to make classes interesting and fun. And the food is amazing a lot of it is grown and raised right at the school. They are masters of sustainable living as well and the school itself is environmentally friendly. The school teaches responsibility independence and community. A fabulous school ( they also run a camp in the summer called Camp Tree Tops) to send a child! And to those who say it's "pretentious" you don't know the school so we alumni would appreciate it if you wouldn't make such snide comments .

  • (3 years ago)

    I had signed a contract to teach with North Country School. Then the school told me the student was not coming so they would not employ me as a teacher. They reassured me that they would try to fill the vacancy with a different class. Then they went back on their word with this as well. Extremely unprofessional I am out of a job extremely disorganized. Pathetic!

  • (3 years ago)

    Education is not a privelage. If I had to choose one word to describe the staff I have met it would be "pretentious."

  • (4 years ago)

    When I went to NCS in the 50's it was a wonderful alternative to an abusive family. I am sure that it still is. Mike

  • (5 years ago)

    NCS has a warm nurturing environment where each and every member of the faculty is committed and caring. It has been a wonderful experience -- a gift -- for my son. This school teaches responsibility has a strong sense of community strong academics and an often non-traditional approach to learning. A truly special place.

  • (7 years ago)

    True family atmoshere social responsibilty and the ability to inspire each child to want to challenge themselves in every arena. Changed our child in amazing ways and inspired us as well. From charitable trips to the Dominican Republic working with orphans to ice climbing fishing hiking incredible art music & fun physical programs daily. Power point presentations (on the smart board) presented more eloquently than many top executives. 5 Week summer adventures offered in different places each year (our child went to South Pacific). Working the farm teaches work ethic responsibility caring for animals & proper nutrition straight from the garden. Our child is extremely well rounded insightful pro-active confident and best of all is a truly happy person. The staff is kind they teach respect by giving it. The kids learn because they want to. This was the best life changing decision we as parents have made.

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