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Welcome to Upper School!

As new Head of Upper School for 2022-23, I join you this year in discovering the lively halls of Cannon’s Upper School as they echo with “cougar growls” when our Advisors and Deans celebrate students who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to our Cannon core values. In our student-first community, we value and appreciate the distinctive characteristics of developing young adults. While we meet students where they are, our mission calls us as educators to engage them in a journey of growth during their four years in Upper School. Through programs and spaces like the Academic Coaching Center (ACC), we provide opportunity, support, and encouragement as students navigate the victories and the challenges of young adulthood. This is a school fully alive. 

Students “Go Beyond” in myriad ways at Cannon’s Upper School. We offer a complex and engaging academic environment, competitive athletics, sophisticated arts programs, and a range of leadership and social opportunities through our many clubs and our unique House System. With help from their advisor, student dean, academic dean, and college counselor, students design a personal program of study and extracurricular activities that supports their interests, passions, and talents. 

While the Upper School has a successful track record of effectively preparing students for colleges and universities, we feel our mission is to prepare students for the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives in a future we cannot predict. To that end, we are deliberate about designing an academic program and supportive environment that empowers independence and advocacy as students seek mastery, reflect and communicate growth, and become accustomed to managing uncertainty. 

I have called Cannon home for the last fourteen years. I have watched my son Joseph ‘20, my daughter Rebecca ‘22, and my daughter Grace ‘24 - and so many other young men and women - become their full selves and fulfill, in the halls of Cannon, the vision of the human being fully alive.


Fabio Hurtado
Head of Upper School

Hallmarks of Cannon's Upper School Experience

You Belong in Upper School


One of the things that I love most about our Upper School at Cannon is our commitment to building relationships over the four-year period.

Advisory groups, dedicated college counselors, and grade-level deans shepherd students throughout their entire journey. 


Continue Exploring Cannon's Upper School Program

Learn about our challenging college preparatory curriculum.

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Winterm is a transformative and innovative one-week learning opportunity for Upper School students.

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The mission of Cannon School’s College Counseling Program is to build personal relationships with Upper School students that encourage their exploration, develop their decision-making skills, and assist them in moving confidently from the Cannon community to the next stage of life and beyond.

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Learn about Cannon's unique Student Life program.

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Student-athletes are fortunate to play for coaches who are well-respected within our conference as well as across the state.

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