Since the 1930's, North Country School has helped children grow an awareness of the need to sustain our society and our planet. Our national and global realization of this need has produced some now-familiar concepts: environmental education, campus greening, and sustainable living. North Country School has long served as a model and resource for other institutions, and we continue to hone our practices and teaching.
We believe three broad strands, often interwoven, constitute the basis for the sustainability of healthy life on Earth:
- Appreciation and protection of resources, both natural and human-made
- Promotion of physical and emotional health
- Peaceful interactions in our community and beyond
The Protection of Resources
Our location on a working farm, one of only 200 left in the Adirondack Park, provides an ideal setting in which to teach children hands-on, environmental awareness and ecological truths.
We encourage simple and sustainable living and making respectful choices about our use of resources. We seek, live and teach environmentally responsible practices. Reducing waste and recycling are integral parts of our program, and we strive to minimize our consumption of water, electricity, and fuel.
Fostering Good Health
More than 60 years of organic gardening have brought our community the benefits of harvesting and consuming food grown in soil enhanced by carefully tended compost. In addition to our homegrown sustenance, we often purchase food that is grown locally and that minimize unhealthy ingredients.
At a school with farm chores, sports, and outdoor education, healthy exercise is a given. Emotional wellbeing is nurtured in small group settings and in close relationships. We aim to make healthy practices easy for our students to understand appreciate for all the world's populations. We do not take food and good physical and emotional health for granted.
Nourishing Practices That Foster Peace
Peaceful conflict resolution and compassion for those with fewer advantages is encouraged and modeled, and social justice is encouraged. Respect for differences and celebrations of diversities teach students that superficial labels are never to measure people's worth. Our graduates become people who embrace diversity and possess a deep appreciation of the environment.