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

Meet our Head of School

Cardigan Head of School Chris Day speaks with students in the classroom

Welcome to Cardigan Mountain School, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. 

My first experience of Cardigan’s powerful mission was as a parent. The School was a trusted partner for Cynthia and me as we guided our two boys along the path to becoming young men. Charlie '12 and Henry '13 grew as students, athletes, and people during their time on The Point. By commencement, they were prepared to meet the demands of secondary school and higher education, and to embrace their roles in a global community. I have never ceased to be grateful for what my family gained from that partnership with Cardigan, and as head of school, it is now my privilege to focus all of my effort on supporting other Cardigan families.

For almost 75 years, Cardigan has continued to refine a traditional yet innovative program, one designed to meet the unique needs of middle school boys. We encourage balance by cultivating mind, body, and spirit. We ask ourselves to live by a shared foundation of Core Values: compassion, respect, integrity, and courage. These values manifest in concrete ways: we are kind and helpful to one another; we are honest in our dealings with one another, and true to our word; we learn from our failures, and we grow through challenge. In short, we care for ourselves, for each other, and for our school -- and we have a lot of fun together. That’s the Cardigan Way.

We care for ourselves, for each other, and for our school - and we have a lot of fun together. That’s the Cardigan Way.

Chris Day

As both a Cardigan parent and as head of school, I invite you to visit us soon. You will find an innovative campus thoughtfully integrated within a stunning natural setting; structured classes that promote joyful, active learning; and valued traditions embraced by a diverse community. In other words, you will find Cardigan. We can’t wait to meet you!


Christopher D. Day P'12,'13
Head of School

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More from Head of School Chris Day

This is a collection of Chris Day's letters to the Cardigan Community as published in his News From the Head of School newsletter or Cardigan's Alumni Magazine, the Cardigan Chronicle.

Christopher D. Day
  • News from the Head of School

In his latest letter to the community, Head of School Chris Day writes that "This spring isn’t what we expected, but it IS very Cardigan."

Sunrise Climb
  • Cardigan Chronicle

Head of School Chris Day reflects on our school's beloved tradition of climbing our namesake to watch the sun rise.

Christopher D. Day
  • News from the Head of School

Reflecting on the boys who had just returned to Cardigan after March break in 1948, Hap Hinman shared an observation that still offers powerful insight today.

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.