Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9
Cardigan boys sing the school hymn during the sunset climb to the top of Mount Cardigan
We know middle school boys.

It's all we do. We are a school for boys in grades 6 through 9.

Learn about our School

We know middle school boys.

We understand and appreciate boys at this great age and stage of development. We’ve created an environment designed to nurture not only their academic achievement, but also their physical, social, ethical, and personal growth.

Everything here—from teaching and learning to arts, sports, and fun—is geared toward helping boys reach their potential. We offer boys just the right amounts of structure and independence, challenge and support, and a focus on both individual growth and a strong, positive sense of community. This time-tested, comprehensive approach to the education of boys is what we call the Cardigan Way.

Our Mission

Cardigan Mountain School offers a close-knit community that prepares middle school boys—in mind, body, and spirit—for responsible and meaningful lives in a global society.

Mission, Equity & Core Values

Cardigan at a Glance

  • Founded in 1945
  • Serving boys in grades 6 through 9
  • 225 students from 25 U.S. States and 15 countries
  • 200 boarding students and 25 day students
  • 4:1 Student to faculty ratio
  • Average class size of 12 students
  • Signature academics include the PEAKS Department and Gates Invention and Innovation Program
  • 525-acre lakeside campus
  • More than 40 athletic teams in 17 sports

At a Glance: Our School in the Voices of our Students

"What we have here at Cardigan is a family that cares about us and our futures. I am proud to be part of this community and proud to call Cardigan my home. "

Bryce Terry ’20

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Cardigan Mountain School is a boarding and day school for boys in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in Canaan, New Hampshire.


Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2032 identifies four action areas that prioritize people and programs:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Health & Wellness
  • Program & Curriculum
  • Finance

Strategic Plan

Christopher D. Day

Chris Day P’12,’13

Chris has been a teacher and administrator at Dublin School, Rye Country Day School, New Hampton School, and Holderness School. He began serving as Cardigan Mountain School's 10th Head of School on July 1, 2016.

Our Head of School