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Notes for Prospective Students
- Student Body: Students represented 22
states and 13 countries.
In 2012 we will have approximately 16 day
students and 197 boarding students.
Boarding Facilities: Eleven dormitories house
from 8 to 16 students each.
Each dormitory houses faculty members
and their families.
Students reside in double rooms, with some
Two dormitories, referred to as "houses," were
completed in fall 2000 and house three faculty members and their
families and 12 students. All dormitory rooms and many
classrooms are wired for access to the Internet.
Class Size: The average class size ranges from
4 to 15 students, and within each grade there is ability tracking.
There are normally three levels in each subject in grades 7, 8, and
The extra help and conference period gives students yet another
opportunity to work with faculty members on an individual basis.
addition, a reading and study skills course is required of all
Faculty and Advisers: Cardigan has a 4:1
student-faculty ratio. The faculty consists of50 full-time
faculty and 4 part-time facultythe majority of whom reside on
One quarter of the faculty members are women.
of the faculty members have earned advanced academic degrees.
faculty members teach, coach, supervise dormitories, and serve as
advisers for the students.
Each student works with their adviser to
discuss academics, discuss problems, and to communicate with
parents. Additionally, each student is able to select their
Academics: Cardigan requires all
students to take yearlong courses in English, mathematics, science,
and social studies.
In addition, studying a foreign language
(Latin, French, or Spanish) is strongly advised. Beyond these
courses, Cardigan also requires each boy to strengthen his program
of study through additional course work in reading and study
skills, studio art, woodworking/sculpture and design, music history
and appreciation, religion, life skills, and keyboarding.
Grading: Cardigan uses a trimester system, and
grades and teacher comments are sent home at the middle and end of
each of the three terms.
Grading includes both achievement marks
and an effort rating.
Student Conduct: Cardigan has a two-tiered
disciplinary status system in order to inform students, their
advisers, and parents when School expectations are not being met.
This disciplinary system is used to correct patterns of misbehavior
and to discipline those students who commit serious offenses.
Discipline Committee meets to hear cases deemed appropriate by the
Headmaster and the Assistant Headmaster.
Two student leaders and
three faculty members are selected by the Assistant Headmaster to
join him on the committee.
Daily Life: The typical academic day begins
six days per week with a required family-style breakfast.
room inspection in the dormitories, classes begin at 7:45 a.m.
class periods precede a family-style lunch.
On Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, and Friday, lunch is followed by an advisory/conference
On Wednesday and Saturday, the academic day ends with lunch
and is followed by a full slate of athletics and recreational
Dinner is a family-style meal every evening except
Wednesday and Saturday, when a buffet is scheduled.
A study period
occurs each school night.
Lights-out ranges from 9:30 to 10:15
p.m., depending on the evening and the age of the student.
Weekend Life: The majority of Cardigan
students are on campus on weekends, and the School provides an
exciting array of options for them.
A typical Saturday
night’s schedule might include a movie, a trip off campus,
various other on-campus activities and programs, or an excursion to
Dartmouth College to watch a hockey game. In addition to the
regularly scheduled vacations, all boys may take weekends away from
the campus and parents are invited to the campus to share in their
son’s experience at any time.
Educational Programming: Since 2008,
Cardigan's curriculum has included the PEAKS (Personalized
Education for the Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills) program,
which was developed to increase a student's self-awareness
regarding his personal development.
The PEAKS program of study
revolves around study skills, technology education, and health
Similarly, Math Lab is an optional tutorial that provides
individualized enrichment or remediation in mathematics. For
students for whom English is not a primary language, Building
Confidence in English provides instruction in basic English
History: Cardigan Mountain School was founded
in 1945 by Harold P.
Hinman, a Dartmouth College graduate, and
Brewster, then Headmaster of Kimball Union Academy,
joined forces with legendary Dartmouth President Ernest M.
to obtain the land that is now the site of Cardigan
Cardigan Mountain School opened with 24
boys, and, in 1954, upon merging with the Clark School of Hanover,
New Hampshire, the School as it is known today began to emerge.
Since that time, the School has grown to its current enrollment of
nearly 200 boys.
Location: The 525-acre campus, located on
Canaan Street Lake, is 18 miles from Dartmouth College.
time from Boston is approximately 2½ hours.
Some of the
finest skiing in New England is only 1 hour away.
Endowment: The self-perpetuating Board of
Trustees and Incorporators is instrumental in guiding the School.
The School’s endowment is valued at more than $13 million.
2009-10, Annual Giving totaled nearly $1 million.
Cardigan Mountain is accredited by the New England Association of
Schools and Colleges.
Its memberships include the National
Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Junior Boarding
Schools Association, the Independent Schools Association of
Northern New England (ISANNE), the Association of Independent
Schools of New England (AISNE), the Secondary School Admission Test
Board (SSATB), Boys’ Schools, A Better Chance (ABC), the
Federation of American Independent Schools, and the Educational
Records Bureau (ERB).
Secondary School Placement: Cardigan offers
extensive assistance to the students and their parents in selecting
and then applying to independent secondary schools.
School Placement Office begins the counseling process in the spring
of the eighth grade and continues to guide the student and his
family throughout the application experience.
The Placement Office
offers workshops on interviewing techniques, SSAT preparation, and
Matriculation: Over the past few years, a
number of Cardigan graduates have matriculated to schools such as
Avon Old Farms, Brooks, Deerfield, Holderness, Hotchkiss, Lawrence,
Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, Pomfret, Salisbury, St.
Mark’s, St. Paul’s, Tabor, Taft, and Westminster.
Academic Facilities: The numerous buildings
that house academic facilities are highlighted by the Bronfman
Center. The Bronfman Center features, among other things, the
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.
Stoddard Center is the home of the
Kirk Library and the Humann Theatre. The Kirk Library is a
three-tiered, well-equipped multimedia resource center that offers
students and faculty computer software, audiotapes, and
videocassettes in addition to more than 10,000 volumes and numerous
journals and periodicals.
Humann, the 250-seat theater, is the site
of school meetings, lectures, films, concerts, and drama
Visual Arts: The Williams Woodshop and
the new Art Center are focal points for this important aspect of a
The Hinman Auditorium houses the
School’s music facilities, where opportunities for vocal and
instrumental instruction are available. A boy may
participate in the optional drama program in each of the three
Each year, the drama department presents three major
There are extensive stage lighting and sound features,
and students interested in the technical aspects of theater enjoy
working in this facility.
Health: The School operates an on-campus
health center, where most student medical needs can be met.
extended services, Cardigan students benefit from the
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Pediatric Clinic in Canaan and
the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
Health Center on the Cardigan campus has a resident nurse and a
Athletics: Over the years, Cardigan has been
fortunate enough to acquire extensive athletics facilities, fields,
These include five fields for soccer, football, and
lacrosse; fourteen outdoor tennis courts; two baseball diamonds; a
state-of-the-art hockey rink that can be converted to a
multipurpose arena in the fall and spring; an on-campus, 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.
Lake Front Access:As the School is situated on the shores
of Canaan Street Lake, students and faculty members take full
advantage of water-related activities.
Sailing is pursued in the
School’s fleet of Flying Juniors, sailboards, ice boats, and
the Hobie catamaran.
Motorboats, rowboats, and canoes provide
additional opportunities for students to enjoy the water.
waterfront area is well supervised, and instruction is available in
all activities. Outdoor Exploration: In
addition to fall and spring rock climbing CORE serves to use the
natural world as a classroom. Occurring during the summer
months CORE seeks to challenge boys to discover who they are and
how they relate to the natural world. Skiing: The
Ragged Mountain Ski Area is close to the School and is used on
weekdays by the Alpine ski team, recreational skiers, and
On Sundays, there are daylong ski trips to major ski
areas in New Hampshire and Vermont. As in the classroom, the
focus of interscholastic sports and individual activities is on
learning the fundamentals.
Teams are fielded on several levels in
most sports, and they compete against local independent and public
Recreational sports are offered for the student who does
not wish to compete interscholastically.
Extracurricular Opportunities: Many students
and faculty members bring to Cardigan skills and interests that,
though not included in the usual program of studies, may be pursued
and developed in the informal setting of the Club Program.
meet every Thursday afternoon in lieu of athletics, with the
opportunity for additional meetings if the members and adviser so
Community Service: Students also participate in
clubs. Students in clubs have participated in community
service, including visits to a local nursing home, hospital
volunteer work, recycling, the Big Brother Program, and Red Cross
lifeguard training; blues, jazz, and rock bands; a cappella singing
groups; technical rock-climbing; horseback riding; mountain-biking;
debating; painting; chess; photography; windsurfing; and
conversational Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, and Japanese.
Spiritual Development: Cardigan is
nondenominational, yet the School seeks to strengthen each
boy’s spiritual development within his own religious
All boys are required to attend the weekly Thursday
afternoon chapel service.
Arrangements are made for students of all
faiths to attend appropriate weekly services in the immediate
Summer Programs: Cardigan Mountain School
Summer Session combines academic review and enrichment with all of
the recreation and fun of a traditional summer camp for boys and
girls in grades 3-9.
Cardigan’s outstanding range of sports
and activities, along with its academic offerings, makes the Summer
Session a special blend of camp and school. The program is
known for its individualized instruction, and general emphasis on
improving study skills. The tuition for a student boarding for
six weeks is $8,400 ($4,300 for day students) and for students
participating in the three week program, the tuition is $5,045
($2,570 for day students).
Need-based aid is available.
Costs and Financial Aid - In 2012-13,
charges for boarding students were $47,700 and for day students,
There are additional charges for items such as textbooks,
laundry service, and athletic equipment. Financial aid is
available to families of qualified students who complete the School
and Student Service for Financial Aid forms and demonstrate need.
Information about loans and payment plans is available from the
Cardigan Admissions Office.
Admissions Information: Interested candidates
should fill out an online inquiry form, located on our admissions
homepage, to receive beneficial admissions information.
Cardigan seeks to enroll students of good character and academic
promise who will contribute to and benefit from the broad range of
academic and extracurricular opportunities available.
Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling admissions
basis for students wishing to enter the sixth through the ninth
Decisions are based upon previous school records, teacher
recommendations, aptitude testing, and a campus interview.
admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin
to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally
accorded or made available to students at the School.
Application Timetable: Initial inquiries are
welcome at any time.
Office hours are 8 to 4, Monday through
Friday, and 8 to noon on Saturday. Interested applicants and
families should consider scheduling an interview and tour when the
school is most active, between 8AM and 12 PM in order to fully
experience the Cardigan Mountain School day. School
catalogs and applications can be obtained through the Admissions
Office website here:http://www.cardigan.org/admissions/welcome.
application fee is $50 for domestic applicants and $125 for
international applicants.Admissions Correspondence - Chip
Audett, Director of Admissions, Cardigan Mountain School, 62 Alumni
Drive Canaan, New Hampshire 03741, United States.
603.523.3510; fax: 603.523.3565; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.