Educational Institutions

NORTH COUNTRY SCHOOL INC

  • Lake Placid, NY
  • www.northcountryschool.org

Mission Statement

MISSION
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.

PHILOSOPHY
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, and promotes social responsibility.
In addition, the Board of Trustees has adopted and endorsed special statements on diversity and sustainability.

Main Programs

  1. Art Every Day
  2. Outdoor Education
  3. Our 9th Grade Year
  4. The Farm and Garden
  5. Intersession
Service Areas

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International

North Country School welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We enroll children from countries around the world, children who have lived abroad, and children for whom English is not a first language. International students are active participants in the North Country School community and take part in all aspects of the academic, art, farm, outdoor and residential programs. North Country School is authorized to issue I-20's for non-U.S. students.

International students are encouraged to share their cultural backgrounds with the school community through holiday celebrations, preparation of special meals and presentations at formal events, such as the International Festival at Thanksgiving. Daily interaction with classmates, housemates and friends, as well as classroom activities, field trips and meals offer rich opportunities for cultural exchange and appreciation.

Both our domestic and international students benefit from our secondary school placement program in which 9th grade students are guided through the process of selecting and applying to highly selective boarding schools for grades 10-12.

ruling year

1960

Head of School and Camp

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David Hochshartner

Keywords

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Independent Junior Boarding and Day School

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Also Known As

North Country School / Camp Treetops

EIN

14-1430542

 Number

7057779359

Physical Address

4382 Cascade Rd

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Art Every Day

ART EVERY DAY
We encourage children to become passionate about the arts and creative expression. Students take one or more art classes every day. More than a third of our faculty teaches an art class, and we have an impressive array of courses. On offer are electives in: music, theatre, dance, painting and drawing, ceramics, fiber arts, photography, film, stagecraft and woodshop.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Program 2

Outdoor Education

OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Our location provides endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. So much of what we do we do out of doors. Every afternoon and weekend, students play various sports, horseback ride, ski, rock climb and learn wilderness skills on hiking and camping trips. Our outdoor offerings encourage children to take safe risks, acquire new skills and gain confidence.

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Program 3

Our 9th Grade Year

9TH GRADE
9th grade at NCS is a year of mastery, specialization and contribution. Our 9th grade teachers and advisors design engaging curriculum and travel and leadership opportunities that allow students to make critical strides in responsibility and independence. Our 9th graders enjoy a year of academic challenge and personal growth while working closely with our secondary school placement team to prepare for 10th grade and beyond.

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Program 4

The Farm and Garden

FARM AND GARDEN
Our farm and extensive gardens provide opportunities for hands-on and meaningful experiences that teach children indelible life lessons. Students learn to care for a variety of animals and how to plant, harvest and cook their own food. In addition to our farm and garden curriculum, our math, science, English and even art departments integrate farm and garden experiences into their classes.

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Program 5

Intersession

INTERSESSION
For a full week at the end of winter term, students in grades 4-8 take only elective courses designed to inspire new passions, build new skills and stretch imaginations. Intersession allows our multi-talented teachers to offer half and full-day art, science, outdoor education, and service opportunities. Guest instructors come to campus to lead workshops. The week culminates with an evening exhibition that showcases our students’ talents and creativity. During this time, the 9th grade takes their annual trip.

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Service Areas

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International

North Country School welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We enroll children from countries around the world, children who have lived abroad, and children for whom English is not a first language. International students are active participants in the North Country School community and take part in all aspects of the academic, art, farm, outdoor and residential programs. North Country School is authorized to issue I-20's for non-U.S. students.

International students are encouraged to share their cultural backgrounds with the school community through holiday celebrations, preparation of special meals and presentations at formal events, such as the International Festival at Thanksgiving. Daily interaction with classmates, housemates and friends, as well as classroom activities, field trips and meals offer rich opportunities for cultural exchange and appreciation.

Both our domestic and international students benefit from our secondary school placement program in which 9th grade students are guided through the process of selecting and applying to highly selective boarding schools for grades 10-12.

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Financials

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NORTH COUNTRY SCHOOL INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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NORTH COUNTRY SCHOOL INC

Leadership

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Head of School and Camp

David Hochshartner

BIO

David (Hock) Hochschartner has a BA in political science from Union College and an MA in private school leadership from Columbia University. In his 30+ years in education, he has taught math, science, and history and served at various schools as Dean of Students, Dean of Faculty, Assistant Head, and Director. Hock came to NCS as the science department chair in 1982. He taught and directed many programs at NCS from 1982-1993, and with his wife, Selden West, was an NCS houseparent for a decade. He was Director of Presidio Hill School in San Francisco for three years before returning to NCS as Head in 1999. Hock is a past commissioner of the New York State Association of Independent School's (NYSAIS) Accreditation Committee and is a past President of the Junior Boarding Schools Association (JBSA). He was a Visiting Fellow of the prestigious Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2003. Hock has two children, Jon (NCS 02) and Lucy (NCS 13). In his spare time Hock is an avid rock climber, skier, mountaineer, and lacrosse player.

STATEMENT FROM THE Head of School and Camp

"Welcome to North Country School, a junior boarding and day school that prides itself on educating and nurturing children today in such a way that they develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphases on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the importance of working as community.

Our community thrives because of the meaningful relationships our students form with their teachers and house parents. From these talented educators and with one another, our students gain creativity and confidence. Across all disciplines, our curriculum goes beyond learning by doing to knowing by doing, a mastery that comes only through participation and engagement. It is knowledge that students carry with them from North Country School.

When I ask alumni what it was about their education at North Country School that most informed their lives, the answer is almost always the same: among their favorite teachers and classes there was not one person or singular experience that best equipped them for secondary school, college and adulthood. Instead, it is what they came to know about various subjects and about themselves that prepared them for the journey ahead.

Sincerely,

David "Hock" Hochschartner, Head of School"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Barkley Stuart

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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