Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9
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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.

Equity and Belonging

Cardigan Mountain School is a close-knit community committed to building a culture of equity and belonging in which all members are safe and supported to be themselves. We welcome, include, and appreciate the unique contributions of each member and are committed to confronting biases, addressing the impact of privilege on academic outcomes, and making the Cardigan experience more accessible to boys and families. The school is dedicated to meeting each boy where he is and providing support for all to learn and grow as they prepare for their next step beyond The Point.

Core Values

To achieve our mission, we reward effort and accomplishment, helping each boy realize his academic, physical, and personal potential through honoring our core values of Compassion, Integrity, Respect, and Courage in all aspects of daily life.

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Be kind.

Seek to understand others and go out of your way to help.

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Be honest.

Remain true to yourself and your word.

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Be considerate.

Care for yourself, others, and Cardigan Mountain School.

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Be brave.

Face adversity with strength and persistence.

Opportunities for Growth

Cardigan Mountain School understands there will be times when we fall short of these ideals and we are committed to recognizing these moments as learning opportunities to further encourage the human values of empathy, humility, and kindness.

Our Motto

The Cardigan Seal contains the latin AUGERE VIRTUTEM - DIRIGERE MENTEM, which means "Build character and mold minds."


Cardigan Mountain School Non-Discrimination Statement

Cardigan Mountain School strives to promote a learning and working environment that is free of discrimination and illegal harassment such as harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military service, veteran status, age, ancestry, genetic information, disability, or any other category protected by law.  Harassment of employees, students or other members of the school community will not be tolerated. Upon notice of any allegation of harassment, CMS will respond to conduct such investigation, and take disciplinary or corrective action, as is necessary to address the harassment.  Retaliation against any individual who has complained about harassment, or who participates in an investigation of a harassment complaint, will not be tolerated.  It should also be noted that Cardigan Mountain School may take disciplinary or remedial action for inappropriate conduct even if it does not meet the definition of unlawful discrimination or harassment.

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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.


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The Cardigan 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

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