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

Student Life

Cardigan boys are all smiles before our annual lake run
Cardigan boys play a card game in the common room of their dorm
Cardigan student rides a skateboard to class

Life at Cardigan is active, interesting, fulfilling, healthy, and fun.

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.

“Student life” looks and feels different for every student at every school, but at Cardigan there is a certain magic that happens when an aspiring group of boys from all over the world, with high expectations of character and purpose, come together and share a common experience: our students call it brotherhood. Whether it is building habits to keep a tidy living space, helping out in our local community, or practicing servant leadership through a campus job, student life is all about learning to be independent, resilient, helpful, and respectful citizens.

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, 2019-20 School Leader

Student Life News

Daily Life @cardiganmountainschool

Our Instagram account highlights student life at Cardigan through the eyes of our students

    Two Cardigan student leaders shaking hands

    Our Core Values

    To achieve our mission, we reward effort and accomplishment, helping each boy realize his academic, physical, and personal potential through the integration of the following Core Values in all aspects of daily life.


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


    Be honest.
    Remain true to yourself and your word.


    Be Considerate. Care for yourself, others, and Cardigan Mountain School.


    Be brave. Face
    adversity with strength and persistence.

    Can we help you?

    Nicholas Nowak
    Dean of Students

    Hal Gartner
    Assistant Dean of Student Life

    Meredith Frost P’25
    Assistant Dean of Student Life

    Doug Clark
    Student Activities Director

    Erzi Willems
    Travel Coordinator

    Plan of the Week

    Cardigan students accomplish many things every day. By the the time they go to bed, they've had classes, advisory, athletics, study halls, and more. Our Plan of the Week details the daily schedule and is a vital resource to the students and faculty alike.

    See the plan of the week