Cardigan Mountain School

Canaan, New Hampshire USA

“ Augere Virtutem—Dirigere Mentem ”

Build Character and Mold Minds

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  • Founded : 1945
  • Motto : Augere Virtutem—Dirigere Mentem (Build Character and Mold Minds")
  • Grades : 6-9
  • Enrollment Gender : All-boys
  • Tuition : Boarding $62,000
  • Mascot : Cougar
  • School Color : Green, White

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  • Academic Calendar : Trimesters
  • Average Class Size : 12
  • Faculty/Student Ratio : 1:4
  • Dress Code : Yes (Formal)
  • ESL Offered : Yes

Notable Alumni

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  • Samuel S. Adams
    President of the American Geological Institute, Geology Professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and President of Loon Mountain
  • F. Lee Bailey
    Defense Lawyer
  • Ken Bentsen, Jr.
    Former Member of Congress from Texas
  • Taylor Chace
    Sledge hockey player who won gold medals in the 2010 Winter Paralympics and the 2014 Winter Paralympics
  • Deron Quint
    Professional Ice Hockey Player
  • Jimmy Sharrow
    Professional Ice Hockey Player


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cardigan mountain HISTORY

  • The Cardigan Mountain School is a pre-secondary school co-founded by Harold P. Hinman and William R. Brewster with the help of Dartmouth’s then-president E.M. Hopkins in 1945. They received land in Canaan, New Hampshire originally donated by the Haffenrefferfamily for Dartmouth University. Cardigan Mountain School expanded considerably with a merger with the Clark School of Hanover, New Hampshire. Since its founding, The Cardigan Mountain School has emphasized the importance of a non-sectarian and well-roundededucation for boys for the pre-secondary school age group.

Student Life

Signature Programs

  • PEAKS (Personalized Education for the Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills) program
    PEAKS is a separate department at Cardigan Mountain School that serves to facilitate student's education about their own self-development. Students are paired with a coach and enroll in classes that teach them how to fine tune their study skills and improve their health and wellbeing.


Interscholastic Sports
Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling


  • Academic Facilities:
    Three Freda R. Caspersen state-of-the-art science laboratories, an art studio, the Bhirombhakdi Computer Center, a School store, and classrooms for sixth graders, Kirk Library, Humann Theatre, Williams Woodshop
  • Athletic Facilities:
    Five fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse; fourteen outdoor tennis courts; two baseball diamonds; a state-of-the-art hockey rink,lighted ski slope; cross-country ski trails; ski team rooms; a wrestling room; an outing club room; a fully equipped weight-training room; an in-line hockey rink; and indoor and outdoor basketball courts.

Special Days

  • Sunrise Climb
    Students begin each year of Cardigain with a sunrise hike up Cardigain Mountain.
  • Sandwich Fair
    On Founders' Day, Cardigain Mountain School holds a fair with carnival rides, food, competitions, and music.
  • Mountain Day
    Cardigan Mountain School celebrates beautiful fall leaves by climbing a nearby peak and having a picnic.
  • Ski Holiday
    Students and Faculty take a day off during the winter to ski.
  • Eaglebrook Day
    All of Cardigan Mountain School's sport teams compete against Eaglebrook, their rival school.
  • Dress-down Days
    The headmaster periodically announces dress-down days and students are able to wear casual clothes to school.
  • Sunset Climb
    Seniors do a sunset climb on Mount Cardigan to conclude their year.
  • Polar Bear
    For the month of May, on everyday exept Sundays, students are invited to do an early-morning Polar Bear swim at the lake.


School Type
87% Boarding (183 Students) and 13% Day Students (27 Students)
41% International Students
Lower School (Grades K-5): 91
Upper School (Grades 6-9): 115

Deadline: Jan. 15
Notification Date: Mar. 10

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