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Application Procedures

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

List of 8 items.

  • Step 1: Request Information

    Submit an inquiry to obtain general information about Cannon School.
  • Step 2. Visit Campus

    All interested families are encouraged to visit campus. School tours, Open Houses, and Discover Cannon workshops are offered throughout the year.
  • Step 3: 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/submit the online application with a $90 nonrefundable fee.
    The online application includes these sections:

    • Applicant Profile
    • Parent Observation
    • Student Questionnaire (incoming Grades 5-12)
    • Upload photo of student
  • Step 4. Provide Writing Samples (Incoming Grades 5-12 Only)

    Print the writing sample form, complete in students handwriting, and return to Cannon School.
  • Step 5: Request Teacher Recommendations

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

    Click on the appropriate link(s) below to initiate the process.

  • Step 6. Request Records/Transcripts

    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, discipline, standardized testing and any other relevant information pertaining to the student to Cannon School.
  • Step 7: Schedule a Student Visit

    Student Visits are required for all candidates. Visits must be scheduled through the Admission Office.

    • Grades JrK-5: Call Shelly Edwards at 704-721-7199
    • Grades 6-12: Call Kate Weinstock at 704-721-7175
    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 8: Schedule Entrance Evaluation

    Entrance Evaluations are required for all candidates. Evaluations are scheduled through the Admission Office. Please call 704-721-7199 to schedule.

    Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    Applicants participate in developmental readiness assessments at Cannon School. Appointments begin in November; call 704-721-7199 to schedule.

    Grades 1-3
    Applicants take the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), and reading and writing grade level assessments. This is an online test administered at Cannon School. This year's assessment will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    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 level, ISEE. This is an online test administered at Cannon during a scheduled assessment time. To register for the Primary level ISEE, please call the 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.

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 accepts students without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.

Cannon School

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