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5801 Poplar Tent Road
Concord, NC 28027

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October 14, 2014
my son went to Cannon School and got his kneecap fractured and a torn ACL from being allowed to play unsupervised TACKLE football during lunch. Imagine the nurse calling you from school with an injury like that. A 4 hour operation and 8 inch steel plate later we refused to send him back to that school but were told we owe the money for the next year anyway because we reserved a spot. They ACT like they care but its really all about the money. I spoke with William Dixon Director of admission and his own words were "this is a business, its all about the money" Know that before you sign your child up there. Disgraceful......

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
Cannon School continues to impress us as parents. Our children are excited to go to school every day! Cannon has a great way of mixing solid education with strong messages about being good people. We couldn't be happier with our choice of schools for our four children.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
Cannon is an amazing school! When I first enrolled as a sophomore in high school it helped my academics take a 360. I started with barely a 2.5 GPA and graduated with close to a 3.5. Besides the improvement I saw in my GPA my sense of accomplishment and self confidence sky rocketed. The staff, and students as well help attain a family-like atmosphere allowing everyone to feel like family. Although at times it may seem like it involves a lot of "keeping up with the jones'", it is worth a lifetime to look beyond that flaw. I have never lost sight of my dreams because of the confidence I gained at Cannon and the support I still receive to this day at 21, from former teachers and college counselors. Cannon truly changed my life and I think its worth while for everyone to give it a shot!

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2013
My son transferred into Cannon as an 8th grader this year, and it's been a great experience. I could not be happier with this choice! My son actually enjoys school again and loves being challenged in the classroom. The staff, coaches, teachers and support personnel have been fantastic to him and were welcoming from the beginning. I only wish he would have entered in the 7th grade. Kudos to Cannon

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
Our family moved to NC one year ago (from the Northeast) and was faced with the very big decision of finding the "right" school for our 3rd, 6th and 9th grade children. We looked at public, private and parhochial options in the greater Charlotte area. It was at Cannon that we, and our children, felt most welcome. Cannon took a sincere interest in getting to know our children and helping them with their mid-year transition. Moreover, it was at Cannon that we felt our children would not only be challenged academically, but asked to expand beyond their comfort zones and to consider the world around them. I commend Cannon for looking at the whole student and helping each student become not only well schooled, but adaptive experts who will be able to face the changing world that lies ahead of them. This overall "whole person" adaptive educational approach starts in the lower school and continues through the upper school. It is a wonderful partnership at Cannon between the leading administration, well qualified, caring teachers, parents and students that make this an ideal school. I recommend Cannon most highly and without reservation!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
We couldn't be happier at Cannon. I do not know any different as we started in Jr K. My kids are upset if they have to miss school. There are a few teachers who have moved to Cannon from the public school system and they have said that they couldn't be happier and that Cannon is "SIMPLY THE BEST". They should be the advocates for the school b/c they have seen it from both sides.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
We are a 3rd year Cannon Family. While the move from public to private was a very difficult decision for our family, it was absolutely the right choice. Cannon School was the right choice. My eighth grader has been learning and growing as a person and student more each year since he started at Cannon. My 4th grader is new to Cannon this year and is happier at school than I have ever seen her, even while we came from an excellent elementary school that we loved. Teachers and administration care and truly get to know your children and help them find ways to shine and become well-rounded student s and people. Raising good students and people is a team effort at Cannon and my kids love going to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
We are planning on moving our children out of Davidson Day School to Cannon. I have read many of the reviews and would like to know if any parents can compare the two schools and what we may expect at Cannon.

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2012
This school has figured out school administration. It seems to me that much care and thought has gone into making this a place where the students are able to learn. Leadership makes a school and Cannon seems to be led well. The students in highschool are engaged and fairly serious about their work. That is saying something for a school in a state where "dumb is cool" and football rules.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
If your child is an excellent student and never has any issues and you are very wealthy (or work there) then this school can be a decent place. If you are different than anyone at a wealthy GOP fundraiser than you will be out of place here. My kids attended and the stress to fit in can unbearable when money got tight.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2012
Ugh! Cookie cutter academics hiding behind arrogance. We are moving on to a private school closer to home that really challenges kids by making them think for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
My child spent 13 years at Cannon. I am of the view that the best way to accurately measure a school's value is how a child performs at the next level. After having his pick of highly selective colleges and universities, he has moved seamlessly into a successful college experience. He is set to graduate in less than 4 years with a double major, all the while holding multiple leadership positions at the school. Interestingly, his grades in college are higher than his grades at Cannon. While some may point to that as a drawback, I see it as confirmation of the quality of the preparation he received at Cannon. To the teachers and staff at Cannon my only message is, simply, thank you!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
This is our 17th year at Cannon School. We have two children who have graduated and gone on to college, and one child currently in the eighth grade. All three children started at Cannon in Junior Kindergarten. Our oldest children applied to very competitive Universities and were accepted everywhere they applied. We cannot imagine a better place for our children to go to school. All of the qualities parents and students look for in a school are at Cannon. Our relationships with the staff, teachers, and coaches have been and are wonderful. Their doors have always been open to any needs or concerns.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
I have rated this school so low because the process of handling issues to do with my child which I presented to them has left me with a very bitter taste in my mouth. Rather than listening and trying to find a solution they arranged a confrontation with the teacher who declared to my wife and I that we did not know our child and were making things up. I was left bereft and angry and my wife broke down in floods of tears. I was a very strong advocate of what I thought was a very very good school, but their attitude towards parents who have something to complain about leaves a lot to be desired. I am very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
We are a new family to Cannon School. We did extensive research before choosing Cannon for our son. We are pleased with our decision. The Cannon community has welcomed our family from the start. After experiencing a discouraging year at his previous school, our son is back to being his talkative, intellectually curious self. He is involved in sports, enjoying art, and thriving in math. He feels that his course work is relevant, and he is motivated to work at a higher level. Thank heavens! This was a difficult move for us, as we have been strong advocates of our public schools. Cannon is also expensive. In the long run, we feel that his success at this time is imperative to his future success. We will do what we can to provide the best education for our children. I appreciate the staff, students and families who have helped make this transition successful. Thumbs up to Cannon!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
Of course people who are currently attending Cannon will defend their decision and give it a glowing report. DUH! Who would write "My child is currently enrolled at Cannon and we think is is below par"?? We did NOT enjoy our years at Cannon at all & I would not recommend it to my worst enemy. Anyone who removes their child is instantly accused of not being able to afford it or having a child who is lacking in some way. We removed our child because Cannon was lacking in many ways and they didn't deserve our child. There are many social issues at this school and academics takes a back seat as parents constantly try to one-up eachother. We thought it was ridiculous and since removing our child she has flourished and matured in ways that she would not have, had we chosen to remain at Cannon. Thank God we came to our senses!

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2011
I am so pleased with Cannon. We decided to move our son from a well known Christian school in Huntersville, because the academics were not challenging and athletics were lacking leadership. We hesitated because Cannon was farther away, if you are concerned about it being a little more of a drive don't be it is worth it!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
Cannon is better than the area public schools. While it is missing from the Wall Street Journal's best private school list (which is ranked by Ivy matriculation), no other NC schools are on it either. As far as the college matriculations, 2010 was a good or bad year depending whether you think Chapel Hill is top tier--sixteen students went there. No one went to the Ivy League (nor to Stanford, MIT). But students went to UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Duke and Carnegie Mellon. We may need to examine where we as parents went to college instead of putting all the blame on Cannon.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
We are new to Cannon School this year. Our child is very happy and wouldn't change a thing at this point. He is being challenged daily. The teachers seem very caring and excited about our child education. We will be back next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
Cannon has far exceeded our expectations! Cannon is a warm and nurturing community where we, as parents, are treated like partners with the school. From the Head of the School, who is a strong leader and a wonderful role model for the students, to every teacher and administrator we've had the opportunity to work it, it's been a real pleasure. Our child has truly blossomed this year, gaining more confidence than ever. Cannon's model of adaptive expertise or teaching the students how to draw on their knowledge to invent new procedures for solving unique or fresh problems, rather than simply applying already mastered procedures, will ensure Cannon's students are ready for the ever changing world we live in. In sum, Cannon is a wonderfully unique community of excellent administrators, teachers, parents and students where students are challenged and supported and able to pursue a vast array of opportunities and experiences to suit their interests. There are so many important choices that we as parents must make for our children. On a daily basis, we can see first hand what an excellent choice we made in choosing Cannon for our child!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
We have had 2 children at Cannon School since 2001, and we are exceptionally pleased with the education our children have and are receiving. The Cannon curriculum and environment have allowed our children to find their interests and talents. It has been great to see how these interests and talents have allowed our children to grow into self-confident, secure and well-rounded young adults!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
We are new to the Charlotte area and this is our first year at Cannon. Moving two teenage boys to a new area and a new school was a very worrisome experience for us but our worries quickly dissipated once school started. The staff and students at Cannon were all very welcoming and friendly to all of us. The curriculum has appropriately challenged our children while giving them the environment to grow socially and academically. The boys love Cannon and we do too!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
We are new to the Charlotte area, and so pleased to have found Cannon. Our children were enrolled at the premiere K-12 college prep school in our previous town and we hated to give that up. We have been grateful to find that our daughters have adjusted to the curriculum and social worlds of Cannon very smoothly. They are challenged, but are meeting the challenges well. Everyone is so friendly that my children already say they "love Cannon." With all of the changes that are going on in our lives, Cannon school is a real highlight!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
This is our child's first year at Cannon School and we could not be happier. If you are looking for an organized middle school that will embrace, challenge and provide your middle school child with growth. Cannon School is SUPERIOR. Superior leadership by the Head of Middle School, the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
This was our first year at Cannon and we couldn't be happier. I love the smaller classroom size. The lower school has great teachers. At our previous school, there was virtually no science program. The lower school science program is fabulous. I can't say enough good things about Cannon.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
The quality of educating the entire student has been declining at Cannon over the past 3-4 years. It is obvious that Cannon would like to be mentioned in the same breath as a Latin or Country Day but they fall way short of the more established private schools. Their athletics and arts programs have been on the decline since they changed leadership. We moved our children a year ago and are happy we did!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
Cannon is a wonderful place. It's tougher than any public school I know, and the challenge is welcomed. I've been at Cannon for seven years now, and in my experience, the kids that end up leaving are the ones who are simply not up to par. For whatever reason, these students are either unwilling or unable to rise to the challenges that the superb faculty provide us with every day. Of course, there are always some dud teachers at any school, but for the most part, all of Cannon's are engaging, likable, and fun. I am a proud member of Cannon's Class of 2011 and feel confident that Cannon has prepared me well for college and beyond. Scoring 5's on two AP classes as a sophomore isn't my definition of 'average academics.'

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
Our daughter has been at Cannon from 2nd through 6th grade. The facility is quite nice, and they offer a lot of extracurricular activities, music, theater, etc. However, Cannon simply isn't what they market themselves to be. The colleges and universities to which graduating seniors matriculate are mostly second- or third rate. The general atmosphere is one of conformism, and of submissiveness to the parents with the most money. The school markets itself extensively, then turns around and tells parents how much they have to donate in order to meet budget. The teachers are average at best; not 'bad', but just not what one would expect for the investment. I guess my overall opinion is that there is insufficient attention paid to kids as individuals, and little if anything in place to identify their strengths and help develop them. Bottom Line: to 'escape' public school, yes; for an exceptional education, no.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2009
My kids have been going to Cannon for 7 years, and they love it. It's a safe, challenging but nurturing environment. The teachers are highly engaged and motivated, the standards are high, but they create a structure where the kids can learn to stretch (and smoetimes fail) in a very supportive environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Cannon is a very safe place with highly motivated teachers. My daughter is learning and thriving. Worth every penny!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Cannon is an amazing environment for learning, socializing, and encourgement! Our students are true leaders in the community and in the classroom!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Our academic and student life programs 'go beyond' to prepare students for the future!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
Great college prep school and has all students' best interest at heart. The school is truly thinking about the right things.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
It is a very well organized school. My kid is happy with her friends and teachers and so are we.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Cannon school has great teachers and coaches!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
Cannon School continues to get better and better. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive -- and our kids love going to school every day. This school year is off to a great start. I have enjoyed meeting the new parents and students -- there is a great group of new families this year. I have to say, Cannon's focus on core values, community service/outreach, and learning how we learn is really making a difference in my children's attitudes toward school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 15, 2009
My daughter has been at Cannon School for the past 5 years and we plan to have her continue at Cannon until she graduates, five more years from now. We are extremely pleased with just about everything at Cannon. Our daughter has had incredible teachers and she has flourished. We were so pleased with the score she received on the Duke TIP SAT exam leading to state honors for her and about 20 other 7th graders at Cannon. The teachers really know their stuff and are passionate about teaching. The extracurricular activities are so many that she can't fit in all she'd like to do! We have not felt the homework in the middle school to be too demanding, nor have we seen anything to indicate a repressive, overly-strict discipline policy. The kids all seem happy there and our daughter and her Cannon friends are thriving. It's an outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
cannon school is a great school to put your kids in. its a safe and very good school to put your children in. Cannon school is the best!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2009
The lower school used to be a gem but it is now destroyed. I am somewhat relieved to read that people thought the atmosphere is cold and hostile. I thought it was just me and tried to shake it off. The school says that they value 'diversity' and every action proves that they do not.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
I can not recommend Cannon. The lower school was a great experience for our daughter, but the middle school is terrible. We are pulling our child out at the end of the year. New management and new teachers that are sub-par make the middle school a poor choice. The middle school teachers yell and the kids have a silent lunch many days. My daughter has had been at Cannon since JR K, and we fully expected her to be there until high school. The middle school also gives extreme amounts of homework. There is no time to be a kid. There is at least one test every week and hours of homework are assigned each night. However, the lower school is great and I would highly recommend it. It has great teachers that make learning fun. The science teacher (lower school) is the best teacher I have ever seen. He makes science fun.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2008
In Cannon, we have found a school where it is 'cool' for our daughter to be smart. Our daughter entered 9th grade this year coming from AG classes in public school where she excelled. The bar is definitely higher and the workload heavier. She is thriving although it is imperative that she be organized and self-disciplined. Our daughter has also played volleyball and now plays basketball. The coaching is excellent and even though she is new and one of the less experienced players, the coaches work with her with professional dedication andconcentrated interest. I see that same focus on the other teams as well. On a more academic note, we have found the teachers and administrators deeply committed to the success of each student.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 04, 2008
Our daughter transferred into Cannon's Upper School as a Junior this year. We do not have a perspective on what has gone on at Cannon prior to this year, however we are exceedingly pleased thus far with the curriculum, teachers, and administration. One of the points about Cannon that has struck us is how interested and committed faculty and staff are to ensuring our family's ongoing engagement with the school, and the academic success of our daughter. While there are, of course, bumps that have occurred with both students and faculty, these appear to be the exception rather than the rule. So far, we are very pleased with Cannon and our daughter loves it.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
This school did not differentiate in lower school. Gifted or bright children do not have a chance to excel and be challenge. Lots of homework does not equal lots of learning - just lots of busy work. The teacher to student ratio was too high in lower school classrooms. The majority of students are 6 months to a year older than they are supposed to be in each grade. Most importantly, the school uses the Everyday Mathematics program which does not teach children the basics and has been taken out of several school distrists including the entire state of Texas.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
Cannon is lagging behind all area private schools and most of the better CMS public schools. It seems most parents give it a try a year or two and then move on. Most in agreement that what is offered simply is not worth the money.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2008
Average academics, poor athletics programs and lacking facilities. Not much for the $$$.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
The Cannon publicity is very powerful and extremely effective. You really want your child to attend Cannon. However, once you are admitted, the atmosphere is very cold and hostile. The rift between between administration and teachers is immense - to the point that it affects the children. There is an overall pervasive feeling that the children must be 'perfect'. It adds undue pressure that children should not feel at early/mid-elementary level. I have seen my child go from being bright-eyed and excited about going to school to dreading to go to school. I definitely do not believe our child received a quality education nor that he was valued as an individual. After two years, we are choosing to send our child to a different private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 01, 2008
We did not have the Great experience that we were expecting at Cannon. Uninspiring teachers, cold atmosphere and it certainly wasn't academically elite (as was touted to me). My child wanted to leave this school and is so much happier where she is now. I feel she will become a more well rounded student/ individual away from Cannon.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
I love cannon school. I have learned so much in my past two years that I would never learn until high school if I was in public. the new headmaster is great and really communicates with the students. Im not smart basically at all but I still get attention, have good grades, and would never want to move schools. I love having a small grade with great teachers and caring students. Cannon school is my family and always will be, even after I graduate in 2013. Cannon has helped me score great on a duke pre- sat. one student even scored a 1520!

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2008
As a parent of three children in Cannon School, I am extremely pleased with the environment in which my children learn every day. My children receive individual attention from teachers that are passionate about teaching. The curriculum is well balanced with arts, physical education, clubs and extra curriculars. Lower and middle school students are exposed to an enriched program that offers many choices. My ninth grader already has a four-year plan in preparation for college. Cannon is a great community and we're happy to be there.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2008
Cannon School is a fanastic school in every way. My husband and I are alums of the school and we are current parents of 2 children in the lower school. The atmosphere in the lower school is warm and caring, and the curriculum is top notch. My childen love to go to school every day, and in fact are sometimes disappointed when the weekend comes. The new administration is terrific! They are responsive, friendly and competent and haave taken charge of ensuring that the school will continue to thrive in the future. Each child is treated as an individual, his/her unique qualities being encouraged and celebrated. There is a strict discipline policy, but I expect and desire nothing less from a school where our children are the number 1 priority. Kindness and respect are acknowledged and rewarded, and even in LS, children are getting a sense of the larger world community.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
The high school is good the lower and middle schools are pressure cookers. If your child is not a math wiz in middle school he or she will not survive at Cannon. There are no curriculum options for this age group, though in high school there are choices and a non-math and science kid can be successful. I have serious questions about the school's new Head. Maybe the school isn't the best of the best, but just the best of a lot of bad choices.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
My child has been at Cannon since Jr. K. My child is now in 11th grade and up until 2 years ago we were pleased with Cannon. Since we have had a new Headmaster and a new Upper school Head, we have seen a severe drop in student and staff morale. Many of the staff that left to go elsewhere had been at Cannon for many years. If I had not paid for this year, my child would be enrolled somewhere else now.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
We have always maintained that the parents are not taken seriously at Cannon. The administration and teachers want our support but, not our involvement. We had been looking for a better than average education for our child and to be honest I think we got that. However, my child's self-esteem, and self-confidence suffered in that competitive environment. I am happy to say that our child is no longer enrolled there.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2007
One Word: Overrated. I am an alumnus who can speak from personal experience and the overall educational aspect was low. The faculty is responsive if it is convenient. The college counseling aspect is now a joke since the main counselor left in 2006. Overall the only thing that this school has to offer is boys athletics and an incredible theatre department. They care very little about the female atheletic teams and cheerleading is a joke. For 14,000 a year, this school and its teachers and especially the administration is just not up to par.

- submitted by a former student
June 01, 2007
I have to disagree with some of the earlier negative reviews of Cannon School. Both of our children have been enrolled in Cannon School since JrK, the oldest now a rising 8th grader. We have never had an issue with communication, and have found all of the faculty and administrators available and responsive. The discipline is strict, but not oppressive. I know of several instances when children have been helped to overcome discipline issues, without being expelled as a part of some zero-tolerance policy. There is zero-tolerance for serious offenses, which is absolutely appropriate. The collegiality between students is excellent, especially across grade levels, which creates a family-like atmosphere. Parent involvement is strong at all levels, which adds to this strong sense of community at the school. The extracurricular activities are excellent, with a strong focus on the arts and a growing emphasis on athletics. Cannon is an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
New Headmaster this year so too early to judge the long-term. Academic expectations/rigor are superior. Drama and the Arts excellent. Quality of athletic coaches vary dramatically and slow to make any changes. Athletic physical resources and common areas below standard. Efforts being made to improve communication with new website and phone system plans, but to date unreliable. Teachers very approachable and their student relationships and passion excellent. Percentage family/alumni time/economic/donation support, below average. A very strick disciplinary environment, i.e. essentially 'zero tolerance' policy which leaves many kids disenchanted and intimidated. Strength of peer and faculty respect and friendships is why they stay, thou upper level turnover is above average. Overall I give the school a B-, still with long-term potential to some day become an 'A'.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
We were not happy with Cannon School, and withdrew our child before the end of his first year there. The academic and athletic components of the school appear to be superior; however, we found the climate hostile and unsupportive, and communication poor.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2006
Excellent school. Our children love the school, the teachers, and the curriculum. School offers many AP courses, amazing drama program, as well as highly competitive athletic teams. Cannon demands a high degree of ethics and morals from both the staff and the students. Parental involvement is encouraged at all levels. We are glad we made the switch.

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September 21, 2006
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May 10, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2006
Excellent school. We attended for 2nd through 6th grades and were transfered. We would not have left otherwise. Tough curriculum but great teachers. Administration knows everyone. Small administrative staff to teacher ratio.

- submitted by a parent
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Cannon School
5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC  28027
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