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Being an artist at Cannon School — A student testimonial

October 17, 2014

“I’m passionate about telling stories through my art.  The pieces I’m working on become part of my everyday life.”

 – Student-Artist, Class of 2015


Cannon School Open House — A great way to learn more!

October 6, 2014

Open House season is upon us!

Cannon School hosts Open Houses and Information Sessions in October and November!Open House Boys2

We hope to see you at an upcoming Open House or Information Session!!

See our full Fall Open House Schedule at the Cannon School web site.OH2013

Contact Admission Assistant Shelly Edwards at for additional details.

Cannon School is a JrK – Grade 12 independent School in Concord, NC.

Cannon School — A student-athlete’s perspective

October 3, 2014

“Every season, I’m surrounded by motivated coaches who encourage and challenge me.  My teammates are selfless, and we represent our school with integrity.

Cougars celebrate after big win at Charlotte Christian

Cougars celebrate

We share an ambition to succeed and to have fun in that success.”

– Cannon School Student-Athlete, Class of 2014


Cannon School is a JrK-Grade 12 independent school in Concord, NC.

Is success in college the endgame?

October 1, 2014

In a recent e-mail exchange with a friend, I shared some thoughts on what, in my opinion, high school is all about.

No doubt, a significant part of what we do at Cannon School involves helping students and parents prepare for the college experience.  I get that.

Cannon School's class of 2014 with speaker Jeff Burton.

Cannon School’s class of 2014…

But I also believe there is more to high school than simply training for college.

“Doing well in college is not the endgame,” I wrote. “To think so is, I believe, short-sighted.”

From my perspective, doing well in college is simply not good enough.

Rather, being a good, generous, thoughtful member of the community is what ultimately matters. Cliche as it may sound, being able to appreciate and experience joy and fulfillment will define our place in the world long after our freshman year GPA is forgotten. Our understanding and care for others will matter more than our neatly framed university diploma.

So to look at high school as simply “college training” is, I believe, missing the point.

With that rant so fresh on my mind, it is no wonder that two posts I read online today have really hit home. Instead of trying to summarize or synthesize their content (two skills I tried to hone in college…) I’ll simply post links to them here:

The first, “Harvard Schmarvard; Why Getting Your Kids Into Harvard Should Be The Least Of Your Concerns” is by Michelle Gilman and was posted today at the Huffington Post.

The second, a 2007 New York Times piece entitled “Young, Gifted, and Not Getting Into Harvard” is by Michael Winerip.

Thank you to Gilman and Winerip for having the courage to parent (and write) against the grain. I wonder how they did on their SATs.

Cannon School is a JrK-Grade 12 independent school in Concord, NC.



Is Cannon School a good fit for your family?

September 25, 2014

October marks the start of the Admission Open House season at most independent schools around the country.  This is a great time for parents to visit a number of schools to get a sense of which school “fits” their family best.Open House Boys2

Cannon School hosts Admission Open Houses on Thursday October 9 at 7:00 pm and Saturday November 8 at 1:00 pm.

These open houses are great opportunities to meet Cannon teachers, administrators, parents, and students — all of whom are eager to answer questions and share information about their experiences.

To learn more and to RSVP, visit the Register for Open House tab at the Cannon School web site.

We hope to see you on campus soon!



Cannon School is a JrK -Grade 12 independent school located in Concord, NC

Cannon School: A Parent Testimonial

September 24, 2014

“Cannon is a community where parents care about the education of their children.  Teachers are flexible and class sizes afford the opportunity for individual attention.  Students are happy and they care about each other.”

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Cannon School Science Teacher Connects With Community

September 22, 2014

“Students have the opportunity to practice yoga in my classroom…and after school on Thursday,” says Monty Coggins, Science Department Chair at Cannon School, in Angela Poffenbaugh’s faculty feature entitled The Most Important Thing Is The Here And Now.” “It is remarkable to see the community that is building up around these practices.”

Monty Coggins engages with students in his AP Environmental Class.

Monty Coggins engages with students in his AP Environmental Class.

Not exactly what you might expect to hear from a guy who has been teaching high school science for the past 34 years.

But, once you get to know Coggins, you realize that teaching yoga during his free periods is just another way he connects with the community around him.

“There are a lot of reasons I love teaching,” Coggins explains. “The biggest reason is the relationships I have with people and the opportunity I have to watch people grow and learn and gain a sense of confidence in their abilities.”

Monty Coggins is profiled in Cannon School’s first installment of Celebrating Community, a new web site feature.

Read more about Coggins here and check back often for more features on our Cannon School faculty and staff.

Cannon School is a JrK-Grade 12 independent school located in Concord, NC.


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