Education

Nationally Ranked Education

Approximately 6,900 students attend classes from pre-k through high school throughout Lewis County. All schools provide comprehensive programs needed to meet the academic and special education standards and state requirements of students. State accredited schools include public, parochial and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Beaver River Central School

Beaver River Central School is a small, Pre-K-12, rural school located in Lewis County. Beaver River Central School serves as center for education in dynamic partnership with students, staff, parents, and community to provide each student the opportunity to achieve maximum potential in all areas of life and learning now and in the future.

Copenhagen Central School

Resting between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the Tug Hill Plateau is a scenic village rich in history and tradition. Copenhagen, New York is also a place that holds education in high esteem for all members of the learning community. 

Copenhagen Central is a Pre-K through 12th grade system, housed in one building, located in the heart of the village.  This District covers 125 square miles located in Jefferson and Lewis Counties, neighboring the Watertown, Lowville, Carthage and South Jefferson school districts. 

Harrisville Central School

The students at Harrisville Central School are provided a quality education in a challenging, academic environment, which promotes the student’s ability to become self-directed, life-long learners. Incorporating technology as a learning tool into the curriculum, helps meet the student’s individual needs, promotes creative problem solvers, collaborative workers and effective communicators. By fostering a safe, caring and cooperative environment, students continue to be socially responsible citizens. The stakeholders of Harrisville Central School believe it is their responsibility to provide all students with a quality education which meets their individual needs. It is their mission to provide the students, as well as the community, with continuing education and the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing society.

Lowville Academy and Central School

Chartered by the State of New York in 1808, Lowville Academy and Central School occupies a single pre-kindergarten through grade 12 building and serves approximately 1,420 students. The school, with a professional teaching staff of 135 and an instructional support staff of 110, has long enjoyed a reputation for excellence in the North Country.

South Lewis Central School

The South Lewis Central School District maintains a student population of just over 1000 students. It is nestled into the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and its approximate 364 square miles (4th largest in NYS) make it an outdoor paradise for the summer and winter enthusiasts. The school district offers a great education and the communities that make up the area are excellent locations to raise children and a family. Overall, South Lewis Central Schools is the cornerstone of the local community and excels due to the excellent, administration, teachers, support staff, community and students.

Howard G. Sackett Technical Center (BOCES)

The Howard G. Sackett Technical Center is located on the Glenfield campus of Jefferson-Lewis BOCES and offers a variety of classes and programs for both high school and adult students.

The Sackett Center offers a variety of Career and Technical Education courses with a focus on a variety of industries such as Health Sciences, Architecture & Construction, Information Technology, Transportation and more. Courses that are specific to the Sackett Center are  Environmental Conservation & Forestry and Gas & Diesel Mechanics. Guidance and academic support offices are also located in the technical center and available for student use.

Lewis County JCC Education Center

The Lewis County Jefferson Community College Education Center is a 22,000 square foot facility home to JCC workshops, BOCES courses, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County. The single story education center includes five instructional classrooms, a 5,500 square foot fabrication lab (“fab lab”), 1,400 square foot mechatronics classroom, 1,900 square foot lab for BOCES forestry and engineering instruction, along with office, conference and administration space for Education Center partners.


Higher Education

A number of higher education institutions are located within a one and a half hour drive from Lewis County, NY. These colleges and universities offer programs that include liberal arts, engineering, business, renewable energy systems and environmental studies, many of which are streamlined into the local North Country workforce.

Housing

Friendly Neighborhoods. Safe Communities.

What Does Lewis County Offer?

  • Family Friendly Communities: Lewis County offers a grea selection of single-family homes with excellent schools, communities, and attractions.

  • Country Living: Scenic homes along the back country roads, as well as small towns and villages.

  • Homes with Views: From views of the scenic Tug Hill Plateau, Black River Valley, and Adirondack Park, Lewis County has an array of homes with beautiful panoramic views.

No matter where you reside in Lewis County, you will always be a part of a community.

Quality Healthcare

Committed to our Communities

Lewis County Health System is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and 160-bed Nursing Home facility that also offers Hospice and Home Health Care services for residents. The facility also plays a vital role in improving the local community. Not only does LCHS provide critical health care and 24/7 emergency services, the facility continues to contribute vital resources to our communities through jobs, tax revenue, and capital improvements.

With over 650 employees, LCHS is also one of the largest employers in the County. LCHS spends millions per year on goods and services necessary to maintain our facilities. These dollars are reinvested in the County through employee and hospital spending which directly impacts the local economy.

The facility also operates four off-site health centers. The centers are staffed by physicians and physician assistants employed by the hospital. These sites, located in Beaver Falls, Copenhagen, Harrisville and Lyons Falls, help to bring the skills of the staff and the modern technology of the facility directly to the local communities.

"I felt a privilege to come back and work with my hometown and the women of Lewis County" —Dr. Kelly Birchenough

Quality of Life

78% of Lewis County Residents rate the quality of life as good or excellent.

Lewis County, NY offers some of the safest communities in New York State to plant your family roots and watch them grow.  Safe and quiet villages with excellent school systems, recreational opportunities and engaging communities is why Lewis County is the natural choice to live, work and play.

Nestled in the scenic region of Northern New York, Lewis County is easily accessible from several major interstates and is only 40 miles south of the Canadian border. Located in the Black River Valley, it is within a day's drive from major North East cities, such as New York City, Boston, and Buffalo.

Part of the charm that makes up the communities of Lewis County is the array of year-round attractions. The nationally recognized Lowville Cream Cheese festival brings food, games, music and family fun each September, with over 15,000 attendees. The Tug Hill brings snowmobilers in the winter, and ATVers in the summers, and the Adirondacks bring hikers, horse back riders, and campers. During the summers, you can find free Village band concerts, Food Truck Fridays events, music festivals and more.

Our low cost of living, excellent quality of life ratings, and safe, friendly neighborhoods are home to many friendly and welcoming people. These people love to call Lewis County home, and we hope you and your business do too.

From the 2016 JCC Center for Community Studies survey of Lewis County citizens:
  • Overall Quality of life is good or excellent: 81%
  • Quality of K - 12 education is good or excellent: 85%
  • Quality of health care is good or excellent: 62%
  • Overall Quality of the Environment is good or excellent: 83%

Low Cost of Living

Cost of LivingLewis CountyUSA
Overall
88
100
Grocery
102
100
Health
114
100
Housing
53
100
Utilities
92
100
Transportation
106
100
Miscellaneous
105
100

"It is just so cool to be involved in a small community that is so local minded and passionate" —Ellie Steltz, Owner Misc. Delights Co.

Plan Your Visit

Our Backyard, Your Adventure

Are you ready to stay and play in Lewis County? Our Lewis County communities offer a variety of recreational activities each very unique in nature. Lewis County is home to four seasons of activities, including a large variety of trails and breathtaking scenery. While thousands of visitors flock to the region every year, for residents, the stunning beauty and outdoor activities are everyday life. The best way to experience Lewis County is to plan a visit!