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Upper School

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Welcome to Upper School!

Every morning, the halls of Cannon’s Upper School echo with “cougar growls” as our Advisors and Deans celebrate students who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to our core values. In this student-first community, we value and appreciate the distinctive characteristics of developing young adults.

We meet students where they are, and we provide opportunity, support, and encouragement as they navigate the victories and challenges that these four years can provide.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, 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. 


Deb Otey
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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