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Admission Procedures

Enrollment Application Process
Cannon School accepts students without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. The following is required to complete your admission process:

Step 1
: School tours are required for all interested families. Please contact the Admission Office at 704-721-7199 to schedule a tour.

Step 2
: Completed application, with a $90 non-refundable fee, will be accepted within one year prior to the desired enrollment date.
Step 3
: Teacher Recommendations are to be completed by the appropriate teachers and mailed directly to Cannon School.

Step 4: Parent Observation/Questionnaire Form is to be completed by the parent and submitted with the application.

Step 5
: Student Questionnaire and writing sample (for grade 5-12 candidates only).
Step 6: Transcript Release Requests should be signed by the parents and given to the previous school, permitting the school to forward transcripts and standardized testing reports to Cannon.

Step 7: Entrance Evaluations are required for all candidates.

Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Applicants meet with the Associate Director of Admission and/or Cannon teachers to participate in developmental readiness assessments. Additionally, applicants participate in a play-date in late December or January. The assessment and play-date are scheduled through the Admission Office.

Grades 1-3
Applicants take the Children's Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) and reading and writing grade level assessments administered by the Associate Director of Admission and/or Cannon teachers. In addition, applicants have a visit day at Cannon. Dates for the assessment and visit days can be found on the admission timeline, and can be scheduled through the Admission Office.

Grades 4-12
Applicants for grades 4-12 take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).

Grade 4 applicants take the Primary level, ISEE. This is an online test administered at Cannon during a scheduled assessment day for grades 1-4. The fee for the exam is paid directly to the testing company, ERB. To register for the Primary level ISEE, please call the Cannon Admission Office at 704-721-7199.

Grade 5-12 applicants take the ISEE. Parents or guardians may register their child for a group testing date listed on the ISEE website. Cannon School is listed as a testing site. The fee for the exam is paid directly to the testing company, ERB, at the time of registration. Please visit for more information and to register.
Step 8
: Student visits Cannon School.
  • Please complete the Visitor Medical Information Form, and bring it with you on your visit day.
  • Cannon Lower, Middle and Upper School students adhere to a dress code. It is not a requirement that our visitors dress according to the dress code. However, the Cannon School dress codes can be viewed in the links above for your reference.
  • The Admission Office invites student visitors to eat lunch in our dining hall as our guest. Lunch menus can be found here.
Step 9: Cannon School will send the results of the admission process and an invitation of acceptance, if applicable, to you.

Criteria for Enrollment at Cannon School
Enrollment decisions at Cannon School are based on an assessment of an applicant's ability to succeed in a challenging, yet supportive college preparatory environment. Academic records, teacher recommendations, entrance testing results, writing samples, and a student visit form the basis of this assessment.

An applicant's file is presented to the Admission Committee only when the entire application process is complete. Cannon School accepts students without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.