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houseSaranac Lake, NY: "The Adirondacks' Coolest Place"

  • Named the best small town in New York State
  • Ranked 11th in the United States in The 100 Best Small Towns in America
  • Recognized by the National Civic League in 2006 as an All-America City
  • Named one of the "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Students reside and attend classes in historical and picturesque Saranac Lake, NY. Our two houses provide students with a private room, laundry facilities, wi-fi access, and inviting communal spaces The Adirondack Center for Education and Sustainability (ACES) is situated across from Lake Flower and just a 5 minute walk to the business district that hosts a vibrant art culture, bustling storefronts, cozy pubs, restaurants and music venues. Many agencies and organizations that govern and advocate for issues in the Adirondacks are within close proximity to our complex as are the passionate and colorful people that live, work and love life in the Adirondack Park. 

Hudson Gorge

Our students are encouraged to work hard to keep pace with the curriculum but flexibility and breaks in the schedule allow for time to pursue personal interests as well.  Outdoor activities and cultural activities abound beginning out the front door with paddling on Lake Flower, a mountain bike ride on the Jackrabbit trail or a hike up Baker Mountain to breathtaking views of the High Peaks.

Outdoor activities: Within a few minutes’ drive the possibilities for paddling, hiking, camping, rock and ice climbing, skating, downhill skiing, XC skiing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, mountain biking, fly fishing, are countless. The Olympic village of Lake Placid is a 10 minute drive and provides a variety of venues for winter activities: world class skiing at Whiteface mountain, Nordic skiing, bobsledding, luge and bi-athalon at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, and home rink to "The Miracle on Ice" at the Olympic Center and Museum.