Cardigan Mountain School

Canaan, New Hampshire, USA view map
All Boys, Non-Denominational

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Cardigan Mountain School was established in 1945 as a junior boarding school for boys in grades 6-9. In addition to providing a great education, Cardigan responds to the developmental needs of boys through a distinctive program that fosters their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.

62 Alumni Drive, Canaan, New Hampshire, USA 03741

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Director of Admission: Chip Audett
Admissions Phone:603-523-3548Fax:603-523-3565
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $125
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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Cardigan Celebrates New Campus Center

Posted on July 10, 2013
The Cardigan Mountain School community gathered in early May 2013 to celebrate the exciting culmination of an historic campus enhancement. Named the Cardigan Commons, the $14M project includes new kitchen and dining facilities, student center, and educational space--and is the hub of campus life.

ING Unsung Heroes Award

Posted on August 11, 2010
Congratulations to Cardigan's Mr. Auerbach, who won an ING Unsung Heroes award for an innovative teaching idea!

  • Founded: 1945
  • Campus Size: 525 acres
  • Grades Offered: 6th-9th
  • Accredited by: AISNE, NEASC
Student Body
Grades 6th-9th
Grades 6th-9th
Girls     0 0 0
Boys     189 26 215
Total     189 26 215

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,725
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $28,865
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 25.00%
  • Average Awarded: $22,800

Summary: Cardigan’s curriculum is designed to both support and stretch each student as the School prepares him for the demanding academic programs characteristic of the independent schools most graduates attend. In all disciplines, special emphasis is placed upon mastery of fundamental skills, content, and the study skills needed to become academically self-sufficient.

Department Director: Timothy Newbold

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 56

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 36.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 4:1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Technology Center
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Ethics
  • Religious Studies
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Physical Science
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Science
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • History of Music
  • Orchestra
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Woodworking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Personalized Education for the Acquisition of Knowledge & Skills (PEAKS)

AP Courses Available:

Summary: Our program offers boys wonderful opportunities for academic, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth and development at a crucial stage of their adolescence. Our students interact with the adults in our community throughout each day both in and outside of the classroom, and the relationships developed through these interactions provide our boys with strong mentoring and positive role models in all aspects of their lives.

Department Director: Richard MacDonald

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 15

Average Students Per Dorm: 10

No. of Boys Dorms: 15

Dorm Amenities:
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Summary: At Cardigan, our daily routine is designed to help boys stay focused on pursuits that contribute to their development. It’s a demanding schedule, and it not only aids boys in their growth, it gives them the kind of time-management skills and study habits that many college students would envy.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Hockey rink; indoor and outdoor tennis courts

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Math Club
  • Photography
  • Sailing Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Woodworking Club
  • Yearbook
  • National Junior Honor Society

Summary: The mission of Cardigan’s athletic program is to support the School’s mission in educating boys in mind, body, and spirit by promoting healthy living and an active lifestyle. Cardigan Athletics emphasizes respect, responsibility, and dedication. For all spectators, officials, coaches, and athletes, the Cardigan Mountain School Athletic Department is committed to maintaining a positive environment for teaching, training, and competition. Cardigan Mountain also hosts a variety of art programs; from drawing and painting to woodworking to music to drama, Cardigan encourages boys to exercise their creativity, and allow their imaginations to flourish. All of the arts are a kind of philosophy, in that they express truths about what it means to be human, and the Arts Department is dedicated to helping students learn to explore and appreciate those truths.

Arts Department Director: James Scott

Athletics Department Director: Ryan Frost

  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Football
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis

Department Director: Patricia Crowe

College Information

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

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Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

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Summary: Cardigan's Summer Session gives families a broad program that meets their needs and interests. Cardigan combines a huge variety of recreational activities with enriching academic experiences designed to suit the needs and interests of each student. With so many enjoyable things to do and learn, every day at Cardigan is both fulfilling and fun. In just a few weeks, students improve their academic skills, broaden their experiences, develop friendships, and explore new hobbies. Most importantly, they come away with a better understanding of themselves. It is possible to choose between the full six-week experience and a shorter three-week session.

Department Director: Matt Rinkin

Cardigan Mountain Summer Session

June 29, 2012 to August 08, 2013

The Cardigan Mountain School Summer Session is co-ed, available to boys and girls in grades 3-9, and provides a combination of academic, artistic, and athletic programs.

Registration Deadline: June 24, 2012
Tuition: $8,400
Financial Aid Available:  
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Summary: Every student at Cardigan is entered into the revolutionary Cardigan PEAKS program. PEAKS stands for Personalized Education for the Acquisition of Knowledge & Skills. Guided self-development is the cornerstone of the class, and its focus lies in helping each student, no matter his skill level, become a better learner and self advocate. In this course, students are introduced to different types of learning styles and a variety of study skills. After identifying their own learning style(s), students explore and practice effective study strategies for each type of learner. Upon completion of the course, students are fully cognizant of what type of learner they are, able to describe their learning style, and able to both explain and execute relevant strategies that will be effective in their future educational pursuits.