Academy Directory

Cardigan Mountain School

Address: 62 Alumni Drive, Canaan, NH 03741

Phone: (603) 523-4321

Website: https://www.cardigan.org/

Founded: 1945

Grades: Boys in grades 6 through 9

Category: Prep school with competitive ski programs

Application Deadline: TBD

School Cost: To learn more about cost, Please email jford@cardigan.org

Financial Aid: Yes

Head of School: Chris Day

Academic Approach: We know middle school boys. The Cardigan Way is to help every boy to achieve his academic potential. With more than seven decades of experience in the art of educating middle school boys, we know a lot about creating an atmosphere where boys are motivated to do their best. We draw on some serious science—the latest research on adolescent brain development, learning styles, and the pedagogies that have been shown to be most effective for middle school boys. Cardigan’s philosophy centers on a curriculum that prioritizes active and experiential learning: boys that are doing are boys that are learning. Our boys are always doing something, from working with their hands in the Gates Center for Invention and Innovation, the wood shop, or the digital art studio to solving complex problems through teamwork in math or science. We teach our students the executive functioning skills they need to succeed at the next step in secondary school, college, and beyond. Through our PEAKS program, we systematically and deliberately teach study skills and life skills, such as organization and time management.

Athletic Approach: Cardigan believes athletics and the outdoors are an essential component to teaching our students a healthy lifestyle as part of a well-rounded education. The mission of the Athletic Department is to provide all students with a unique opportunity to participate in an age-appropriate, competitive athletic program that teaches the value of ethical conduct, sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork through dedication to the teacher–coach model. Cardigan provides all necessary support for each student-athlete to progress at their core sport of skiing, while also promoting athletic growth through participation in one of our ten fall and spring sports, including very competitive football, soccer, mountain biking, lacrosse and baseball programs. A strength and conditioning coach is available year-round to all Cardigan student-athletes. In 2015, Cardigan was the first junior boarding school to be recognized by the National Athletic Administrators Association with Exemplary Status for the Quality Program Award.

Notable Coaches: Julia Ford--Director of Alpine Skiing and Assistant Athletic Director, Travis Nevins--Head Coach, Al Gray--Assistant Coach, Doug Clark--Assistant Coach, Bob Nevins--Assistant Coach

Notable Alumni: Steve Berlak ’73 (Coach, Burke Mountain Academy) Tommy Eckfeldt ’92 (Coach, U.S. Ski Team) Justin Lillie ’93 (Head Coach, Woodstock Ski Runners) Tyson Bolduc ’98 (Univ. of Colorado) Ethan Dahlberg ’98 (Williams College) James “Bubba” MacMahon ’01 (Holderness, Univ. of New Hampshire) Charlie Harrison ’10 (Burke Mountain Academy, Williams College), Noah Drummond ’13 (Proctor, Plymouth State University)

Training Facilities: Off the snow, Cardigan student-athletes train in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center, built in 2013. On the snow, Cardigan enjoys training partnerships with several nearby ski areas and programs with access to a diversity of full-length training venues for SL, GS and SG, including one lighted SL venue for those short days in January. We usually schedule at least one pre-season training trip to Colorado.

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