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Admission Application Procedures

Follow the steps below to apply to Cannon School. Click on each step for detailed instructions and helpful links.

List of 6 items.

  • Step 1: Apply Online

    Please note: International Students are required to work with a placement agency before submitting an application. Please visit our International Student Program webpage for details.
    Complete and submit the online application, along with the $95 nonrefundable application fee. Please note that the application will not be processed until the application fee is received.

    The online application includes these sections:

    • Applicant Profile
    • Parent Observation
    • Student Questionnaire (for Grades 5-12)

    Click here to start the application process.

    Please contact with any questions. We are here to assist you throughout the process.
  • Step 2: Provide Writing Samples (grades 5-12 only)

    Print the writing sample worksheet, complete in student's handwriting, and return to:
    Cannon School
    Attn: Admission Office
    5801 Poplar Tent Road
    Concord, NC 28027
  • Step 3: Request Teacher Recommendations

    Confidential online Teacher Recommendations are to be completed by the appropriate teacher(s) and submitted directly to Cannon School.

    Parents, click on the appropriate link(s) below to initiate the process.
  • Step 4: Request Records/Transcripts (grades 1-12)

    Records Release Requests should be signed by the parents and given to the previous school, permitting the school to forward at least two years of report cards along with the current grades for this year, discipline, standardized testing, and any other relevant information pertaining to the student to Cannon School.
  • Step 5: Schedule a Student Visit (Applicants Only)

    Student Visits are required for all applicants. You must complete Step 1, above, prior to scheduling a Student Visit. Please use the appropriate link below to schedule your child's visit.

    Schedule a Student Visit for:

    • JrK/Kindergarten: Applicants who need to schedule a visit day may do so by contacting Associate Director of Admission Emily Davis at or (704) 721-7185 to schedule.
    • Grades 1 - 4: Applicants who need to schedule a visit day may do so by contacting Associate Director of Admission Emily Davis at or (704) 721-7185 to schedule.
    • Grades 5 - 8: Applicants who need to schedule a visit day may do so by emailing or by phone (704) 721-7199.
    • Grades 9 - 12: Applicants who need to schedule a visit day may do so by clicking here.

    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.

    Please contact Shelly Edwards in the Admission Office with any questions at 704-721-7199.
  • Step 6: Schedule Entrance Evaluation

    Entrance evaluations are required for all applicants.

    Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    Applicants participate in developmental readiness assessments at Cannon School. Please contact Associate Director of Admission Emily Davis to schedule your visit and readiness assessment at or by phone at (704) 721-7185.

    Grades 1-3
    During an applicant's Visit Day at Cannon, applicants will complete reading, writing, and math grade-level assessments.

    Grades 4-12
    Applicants take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The fee for the exam is paid directly to the testing company, ERB, at the time of registration.

    Grade 4 applicants take the Primary School level, ISEE. This is an online test administered at Cannon during a scheduled assessment time. To register for the Primary School level, ISEE, please call Cannon's 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 (Test Site #340878). Please visit for more information and to register. We recommend registering as early as possible in order to secure your ideal date and location, as test dates fill up quickly. Registration closes 2 weeks prior to a test date.

Admission Timeline:

Criteria for Enrollment

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 welcomes qualified students without regard to gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779