Learn about Cardigan’s daily schedule, the leadership opportunities available to students, Cardigan’s commitment to community service, and take a look at Cardigan's student handbook!
What does a typical day in the life of a Cardigan Mountain School student look like? See for yourself with our Monday through Saturday schedule!
7:15 a.m. - Breakfast
We put the unity in community. Everybody starts the day off right with an all-school breakfast.
7:55 a.m. - Classes Begin
Get ready for a mental workout. You never know what your teachers will have up their sleeves.
10:05 a.m. - Morning Break
Snack time! It definitely helps fuel the brain for the classes that go until lunchtime.
12:40 p.m. - Lunch
Students have rotating table assignments to help them get to know adults and other students in the community.
1:15 p.m. - Student Jobs
It’s your school. Whether you are emptying classroom wastebaskets or wiping down dining hall tables, you’ll be doing your part for the greater good.
1:35 p.m. - Advisory
Asking questions and getting feedback, guidance, and extra help is easy when time for that stuff is built into the daily schedule.
1:45 p.m. - Study Hall
A chance to catch up on your assignments before afternoon athletics begin.
2:30 p.m. - Afternoon Snack
Fuel up with a delicious and healthy snack.
3:00 p.m. - Athletics or Thursday Clubs
There is a team for everyone, no matter which season we're in. Go Cougars!
5:00 p.m. - Free Time
Play outdoors with your Cardigan brothers, play games in the Haven, catch up on some reading... it's your time to choose!
6:15 p.m. - Dinner
Meals are a time to practice courtesy and good manners. After all, social skills are life skills.
7:30 p.m. - Study Hall
Homework: It’s a fact of life. This time is set aside to make sure you get it done.
9:30 p.m. - Lights Out
(10:00 for Ninth Graders)
Look at all you accomplished in one day! Hey, you’re starting to get the hang of time management and a balanced lifestyle!
Cardigan Mountain School offers its students myriad opportunities to develop leadership skills in class and in sports, as well as in other extracurricular activities. These opportunities include the Jobs Program, the Big Brother Program, the School Senate, and the Senior Leadership Program.
The School Senate reviews policies that affect students’ lives. Although the senate is an advisory body, there are times when their ideas help determine operating policies. The School Senate is made up of the school leader, the assistant school leader, the class president from each grade level, the elected senators from each grade level, a faculty advisor, and the dean of student life. Four additional members are elected from within the Senior Leadership group.
Class officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) are selected by each class. Candidates nominated for class president prepare speeches to be delivered to their classmates prior to voting. Other class officers are nominated and elected following the election of the class president. Class officers chair class meetings held periodically throughout the year. Students are encouraged to develop class unity through a wide variety of functions. Dress-down days, pizza sales, on- and off-campus activities, social events, and competitions are some of the programs class officers have successfully organized over the years.
Each spring, school elections are held to elect the senior leaders for the following year. Based on student and faculty votes, those boys who receive the highest leadership ranking have the opportunity to run for school leader. Candidates need to demonstrate the ability to work independently and to balance academic commitments with other school responsibilities. In addition, candidates should have a clean disciplinary record. The following week, candidates for school leader give short speeches in support of their candidacy, and the school community votes to determine the winner.
After the school leader has been named, the faculty meets to select the assistant school leader, various job foremen, the Green Key leader, job supervisors, chaplain’s assistants, and floor leaders from a slate comprising top-ranking vote recipients from the earlier schoolwide election. These selections are announced at the Investiture Ceremony in mid-May.
The newly elected (rising) senior leaders are encouraged to remain a few days longer on campus (after the rest of the underclassmen depart for summer) to participate in the Alumni Association Welcome Banquet and the Cardigan Commencement Exercises. They also meet with faculty advisors to the Senior Leadership Program to begin their leadership orientation. (In addition, the graduating seniors elect marshals and ushers from the eighth-grade class, who are also expected to participate in Commencement.)
Cardigan is a nonsectarian educational institution founded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, mission-driven to offer a "close-knit community that prepares middle school boys--in mind, body, and spirit--for responsible meaningful lives in a global society." It’s a school where universal moral and spiritual values are taught both in and out of the classroom.
Chapel services are held in our chapel every Thursday under the leadership of the director of spiritual life. Faculty and students assist with services as ushers, readers, and members of the Music Ensemble or Glee Club. Periodically, visiting clergy and guests representing a variety of religious faiths will also participate. Parents and friends are always welcome to attend!