Website: www.cannonschool.org
Cannon School, established in 1969 as Cabarrus Academy and renamed in 1998, originally occupied the historic Concord residence of textile entrepreneur J.W. Cannon.

In the four decades since, Cannon School has transformed itself from a small school in downtown Concord to one of the Charlotte region’s top independent college-preparatory schools.

In 1994, the School relocated to a 65-acre campus on Poplar Tent Road, one mile east of Interstate 85 – a major step toward regionalization and growth. Today, under the leadership of Head of School Matthew E. Gossage, Cannon School serves more than 900 students from Charlotte, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Cornelius, Kannapolis, and Salisbury, in addition to Concord.

Cannon School provides strong academics, integrating its Core Values – CourageTeamworkRespect, IntegrityPassion, and Kindness – into its curriculum. It boasts an award-winning character development program, excellent fine arts opportunities, a strong record of student placement at top colleges and universities nationwide, and provides students a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Cannon’s athletes have won state and conference championships between 2001 and 2011, and compete on two baseball/softball fields, a lacrosse/soccer field, a state-of-the-art track, six tennis courts, and in two gymnasiums. Cannon’s Cougars are members of the highly-competitive Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) with Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School, and Providence Day School.

Campus facilities include approximately 90 classrooms, two media centers, a wireless laptop environment, a multipurpose auditorium, a lecture hall, four computer labs and a technology center, four music suites, three art studios with a dark room and pottery area, nine science labs, a full-service dining center, an arts wing, and a dance studio.

In 2008, Cannon School completed two campus improvement projects that expanded its Upper School educational facilities and modernized its track and field. A nearly 18,000-sq. ft. addition to the Upper School building added 18 new classrooms and three new state-of-the-art science labs. Additional learning space for arts and theater education complement the school’s existing 400-person auditorium, Taylor Hall.

Cannon’s newly configured, modern track and field accommodates the school’s track and field, soccer, lacrosse, and football programs and gives every student a new place to exercise as part of Cannon’s physical education curriculum. In addition, the school is now able to host state track championships and regional invitational meets on a new eight-lane, rubberized track.

On October 10, 2009, Cannon School marked another major milestone in its 40-year history of excellence. On that date, the Cannon community came together to celebrate the School’s 40th anniversary.

Regional Reach of Student Body

  • Approximately 935 students from seven counties attend Cannon School in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade.
  • More than 50 percent of Cannon students live in the Lake Norman area while one in five come to Cannon from Charlotte,Kannapolis, and Salisbury; one-quarter live in Concord.

What Sets Cannon Apart: The educational philosophy—adaptive expertise—combines habits of mind and spirit to provide students with a strategy to know themselves, seek truth, communicate, and relate with others. Students cultivate the ability to reflect, take risks, and decide for themselves how they will meet challenges in academic settings, in their careers, and in their lives.

Website: www.cannonschool.org
Cannon School, established in 1969 as Cabarrus Academy and renamed in 1998, originally occupied the historic Concord residence of textile entrepreneur J.W. Cannon.

In the four decades since, Cannon School has transformed itself from a small school in downtown Concord to one of the Charlotte region’s top independent college-preparatory schools.

In 1994, the School relocated to a 65-acre campus on Poplar Tent Road, one mile east of Interstate 85 – a major step toward regionalization and growth. Today, under the leadership of Head of School Matthew E. Gossage, Cannon School serves more than 900 students from Charlotte, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Cornelius, Kannapolis, and Salisbury, in addition to Concord.

Cannon School provides strong academics, integrating its Core Values – CourageTeamworkRespect, IntegrityPassion, and Kindness – into its curriculum. It boasts an award-winning character development program, excellent fine arts opportunities, a strong record of student placement at top colleges and universities nationwide, and provides students a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Cannon’s athletes have won state and conference championships between 2001 and 2011, and compete on two baseball/softball fields, a lacrosse/soccer field, a state-of-the-art track, six tennis courts, and in two gymnasiums. Cannon’s Cougars are members of the highly-competitive Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) with Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School, and Providence Day School.

Campus facilities include approximately 90 classrooms, two media centers, a wireless laptop environment, a multipurpose auditorium, a lecture hall, four computer labs and a technology center, four music suites, three art studios with a dark room and pottery area, nine science labs, a full-service dining center, an arts wing, and a dance studio.

In 2008, Cannon School completed two campus improvement projects that expanded its Upper School educational facilities and modernized its track and field. A nearly 18,000-sq. ft. addition to the Upper School building added 18 new classrooms and three new state-of-the-art science labs. Additional learning space for arts and theater education complement the school’s existing 400-person auditorium, Taylor Hall.

Cannon’s newly configured, modern track and field accommodates the school’s track and field, soccer, lacrosse, and football programs and gives every student a new place to exercise as part of Cannon’s physical education curriculum. In addition, the school is now able to host state track championships and regional invitational meets on a new eight-lane, rubberized track.

On October 10, 2009, Cannon School marked another major milestone in its 40-year history of excellence. On that date, the Cannon community came together to celebrate the School’s 40th anniversary.

Regional Reach of Student Body

  • Approximately 935 students from seven counties attend Cannon School in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade.
  • More than 50 percent of Cannon students live in the Lake Norman area while one in five come to Cannon from Charlotte,Kannapolis, and Salisbury; one-quarter live in Concord.

What Sets Cannon Apart: The educational philosophy—adaptive expertise—combines habits of mind and spirit to provide students with a strategy to know themselves, seek truth, communicate, and relate with others. Students cultivate the ability to reflect, take risks, and decide for themselves how they will meet challenges in academic settings, in their careers, and in their lives.

About Cannon

About Cannon

  • Founded: 1969
  • Head of School: Matthew E. Gossage (2006)
  • Youngest grade: junior kindergarten
  • Oldest grade: twelfth
  • Enrollment: 935
  • Average class size, Lower School: 17
  • Average class size, Middle School: 18
  • Average class size, Upper school: 16
  • Financial aid offered: yes
  • Percentage on financial aid: 20%
  • Uniform required: Lower School only
  • Bus service offered: yes
  • Core Values: Courage, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Passion, and Kindness
  • Motto: Go Beyond

Academics

Academics

  • AP classes: 17
  • Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 81%
  • Average senior SAT scores: 1170-1360 (1600 scale); 1720-2020 (2400 scale)
  • Seniors with National Merit recognition: 8 (class of 2013)
  • World language first offered: first grade
  • World languages offered: Chinese, French, Spanish
  • Advanced electives: The Voice: fiction and poetry writing; Film: science fiction and fantasy; movies and the American experience; discrete mathematics, honors; mathematics of finance, honors; anatomy and physiology, honors; electricity and magnetism, honors; introduction to engineering, honors; topics in sociology, honors; digital photography; jazz combo

Athletics

Athletics

  • Team name: Cannon School Cougars
  • Middle School sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, boys lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball
  • Varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, boys lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball
  • Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: girls' golf (state champions three years in a row), softball, lacrosse
  • Athletic conference: GCMSAA (Middle school), CISAA (Upper School)

Arts

Arts

  • Annual Middle School theater productions: 1
  • Annual Upper School theater productions: 3
  • Musical ensembles: 14
  • Art studios on campus: 4