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Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission Statement

The Cannon School community instills academic excellence and personal responsibility, inspires athletic and artistic accomplishment, and promotes a respect for diversity within a challenging and safe educational environment.

Cannon's mission statement answers the question, "Why does Cannon School exist?" Cannon School exists to provide a college preparatory education with a purposeful balance:
  • academic excellence and personal responsibility
  • athletics and the arts
  • challenging and safe
Fundamental Vision

The Cannon School community has the responsibility to prepare students for a world that promises to be unpredictable. Our goal is to equip this next generation with habits of the mind and spirit that will provide them with an expertise to confront new situations and overcome new challenges with a steadfast resolve. In this preparation, we want our students to develop an ethical center and to be at home with diversity. We fully believe students graduating from Cannon will help our nation and our world become a better place.

Cannon's fundamental vision honors the School's mission by specifically addressing the question, "What can Cannon contribute now to the good of society?"

Core Values
  • Courage: Willingness to take risks, be innovative, and embrace change
  • Integrity: Knowing and doing what is right
  • Passion: Enthusiasm for excellence
  • Respect: Valuing self as you do others, their differences and their property
  • Teamwork: Cooperating, communicating, and collaborating to achieve a common goal
  • Kindness: Taking the time to care for others
Our core values guide us in how we treat each other and live together as a community.

School Motto

Go Beyond. These two simple words say everything about a Cannon School education. They go right to the heart of the School’s passion for excellence and readiness to embrace change. They speak to our students' desire to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones and exceed expectations in all that they do. They encapsulate the myriad ways that teachers inspire in their students a lifelong love of learning.

Our school motto, Go Beyond, uses the mission statement and our core values as its base and captures the spirit and energy that inspire faculty, students, staff, and parents at Cannon.