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


The traditions among students and faculty at Cardigan are numerous, and provide opportunities for the School to come together for friendship, help strengthen our connections with our community, and guide us through experiences that encourage cooperation, and trust-building.

Sneaker Game

One of the first things you do when you arrive at Cardigan is take off your sneakers, find a buddy, and have some fun.

Sunrise Climb

To mark the new day dawning on their lives, all new students and teachers climb Mount Cardigan to see the sun rise at the start of the school year.

Sandwich Fair

On Founders' Day (Columbus Day), the entire school attends the Sandwich Fair, a distinctly New Hampshire event dating back to 1887 that features carnival rides and food, 4-H shows and competitions, and bands.

Mountain Day

When the fall foliage is at its peak, our school celebrates Mountain Day by climbing a nearby peak and having a picnic at the summit.

Lake Run

Between the fall and winter athletics seasons, the whole school takes off from Marrion Field for the Lake Run, a jaunty 4.6-mile loop around Canaan Street Lake.

Ski Holiday

In the late winter, students and faculty take a Ski Holiday at one of the local ski slopes.

Headmaster's Day

One day in the spring is designated Headmaster’s Day, when classes are replaced with fun and games.

Eaglebrook Day

Twice a year, all Cardigan sports teams get revved up to compete against rival Eaglebrook School.

Polar Bear

In May, the headmaster sponsors an early-morning Polar Bear swim at the lake—every day except Sunday.

Sunset Climb

At the conclusion of the year, the seniors climb Mount Cardigan to see the sun set.

Cardigan's Polar Bear Swim

Can we help you?

Nicholas Nowak
Director of Student Life

Danielle Fedele
Dean of Students

Erzi Willems
Travel Coordinator