School Mission

Canterbury School is an independent, coeducational day school offering a college preparatory education to students in Early Childhood through Grade 12. The school seeks to enroll students of diverse talents and backgrounds. Canterbury promotes the total development of each child in his or her intellectual, physical, social and spiritual growth.

Philosophy

We believe students should develop a strong and broad base of knowledge, a genuine love for and appreciation of the challenges of learning, and an understanding of the implications of Christian principles in their daily lives.

The goals of Canterbury School are:

  • To provide a challenging educational program based on a strong college preparatory curriculum.
  • To promote intellectual curiosity and creativity.
  • To develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • To encourage students to develop their potential through participation in a full range of school programs and activities.
  • To provide and support opportunities for students to learn and practice leadership skills.
  • To nurture in each student self-confidence, self-worth and integrity.
  • To instill a sense of community responsibility and service.
  • To create an awareness of the standards, obligations and enduring values of life.

Philosophy on Diversity

We believe that our school community and its members are enriched by understanding and respecting the uniqueness in all people. We actively seek to create an inclusive environment that emphasizes the importance of embracing our differences. We believe all voices in our community should be valued,  appreciated and respected. We are committed to embracing differences in race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status, and to affirming the dignity and worth of every individual. We will support policies, programs and practices that promote the diversity of the world in which we live, that create an inclusive and evolving environment in which to teach and accept these differences, and that are consistent with our school’s mission.

Canterbury School admits students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid programs, hiring practices and other school administered programs.

 

Portrait of a Graduate

The mission, curriculum and programs of our school are designed to support four essential attributes of a young person’s life:

in INTELLECTUAL life, a Canterbury graduate
  • Is academically well-prepared for a challenging college experience
  • Balances cooperative learning and a collaborative spirit with independent study and critical thinking
  • Embraces creativity and an active appreciation for the arts
  • Communicates articulately and confidently in a variety of settings
  • Recognizes the importance of addressing global issues, concerns and differences
in MORAL life, a Canterbury graduate
  • Shows integrity in all things
  • Demonstrates a sense of moral responsibility
  • Treats others with respect and fairness
in PERSONAL life, a Canterbury graduate
  • Has developed the essential elements of a healthy lifestyle
  • Values hard work, perseverance, and a passion for learning
  • Learns from mistakes and is guided by the lessons of adversity
  • Possesses the qualities both to lead and to respect the leadership of others
in COMMUNITY life, a Canterbury graduate
  • Cherishes the humanity in all people
  • Is actively engaged in addressing the needs of a community
  • Is concerned about issues of equity and justice in society