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

Our Head of School

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

Cardigan Head of School Chris Day explains what The Cardigan Way means to him.


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 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.

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


Chris Day’s Blog

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.

Head of School Chris Day visiting a Gates class
Martin Grant

Head of School Chris Day P’12,’13 writes about the spiritual impact of a Cardigan education and his own experiences watching his son grow and discover his identity.

Head of School Chris Day in the classroom
Chris Day

As an institution whose mission is to educate for the future, it is altogether fitting that now and then we at Cardigan take time to focus on our own quiet scholarship.

Cardigan students between classes
Chris Day

Cardigan's school calendar must be precisely balanced in order to function smoothly.

Chris Day during Cardigan's 75th Anniversary
Chris Day

After the last few years of uncertainty, we celebrated Cardigan's 75th Anniversary together.

Chris Day speaks to graduating seniors atop Mt. Cardigan
Chris Day

I’ve often heard that championships are won on the practice field, long before the actual game is played. The same could be said for an artistic performance, a debate, or our value system.

Head of School Chris Day on his way to breakfast.
Chris Day

A day at Cardigan begins with a weather report, delivered in person by the forces of nature—through one’s own eyes, skin, and senses—as one heads to the Cardigan Commons for breakfast.

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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.