Established in 1969, Cannon School is a junior kindergarten through grade 12 independent college preparatory school. More than 980 students and 100 full-time faculty members make up our learning community. Just as our educational philosophy of adaptive expertise defines how we teach and learn, our core values of courage, teamwork, respect, integrity, passion, and kindness inform how we create a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment for students at every grade level. "Go Beyond," our school motto, articulates our enduring pursuit of excellence and lifelong learning.
The Lower School experience is pivotal in the educational journey of our students. From junior kindergarten through grade four, we are committed to knowing, understanding, and celebrating every child in a learning environment that is hands-on, engaging, and full of energy. Because their voices are valued, our students embrace their curiosity, creativity, and confidence as learners.
Extended Day and After School Programs
Following half-days in the classroom, junior kindergarten students can enjoy the extended day program—a full-day complement that builds upon their classroom learning. Likewise, after-school class offerings and enrichment opportunities abound for students in junior kindergarten through eighth grade. Activities range from Lego robotics, to tae kwon do, to violin lessons.
The pre-adolescent years are a time of intellectual, social, and emotional change, and our Middle School creates a sense of family and fun that brings out the best this dynamic age group has to offer. We encourage our students—from fifth graders who are being introduced to the basics of Middle School to eighth graders who are anticipating the rigors of Upper School—to take risks and learn who they are.
Beyond preparing our ninth- through twelfth-grade students for college, the Upper School experience challenges them to discover their own paths to successful lives. We help students balance rigorous programs of study with extracurricular activities so they develop their interests, passions, and talents in transformational ways. Our graduates are independent learners and impact-makers who understand how they will make a difference in an increasingly diverse world.
Beginning in ninth grade, our College Counseling team provides students and parents with a four-year program to understand the college admission process. Students learn that this decision-making process—building self-awareness, conducting research, and evaluating their decisions—is one they will use throughout their lives.