A Canterbury education is a foundation and a springboard. Our curriculum balances a rigorous academic program with opportunities for creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking to flourish. Our approach blends traditional and innovative teaching, as well as individual and group learning. The curriculum is uniquely designed to draw the best from current research and faculty collaboration, and is carefully developed to ensure a smooth progression from Early Childhood through High School graduation.
Strength of confidence seems to come with the growth of knowledge that we receive at Canterbury.
Our goal is to inspire each student to discover and develop his or her unique strengths and talents, and support his or her growth and development tirelessly.Canterbury graduates consistently state that they enter college far better prepared than their classmates, not only in their academic skills, but also in their attitudes and dispositions toward learning.
The academic commitments of a school's mission and philosophy are primarily addressed and fulfilled through its classroom curriculum. Canterbury School strives to provide a college preparatory curriculum that balances a rigorous academic program with opportunities for creativity, curiosity and critical thinking to flourish.
To maximize the full benefits of an Early Childhood through Grade 12 experience, the curriculum has been carefully articulated to achieve both vertical (from one grade to the next) and horizontal (across subjects with a given grade) coordination, with particular attention paid to the challenges of moving from one division to the next.
The design of Canterbury's curriculum recognizes an important balance of three major elements:
- Appropriate challenge for children of a given age.
- Recognition of the ability level of our students.
- A commitment to our mission of preparing students for college.
As such, the curriculum incorporates attention to both the process and the product of learning.
- ENGLISH - Alice Hancock, Department Chair
- FINE ARTS - Ranae Butler, Department Chair
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE - Kimberly Summers, Department Chair
- LIBRARIES - Bonnie Niemann, Director
- MATHEMATICS - Wendy Helmkamp, Department Chair
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Connie Oberlin, Department Chair
- RELIGION - Melissa Walda, Department Chair
- SCIENCE - Julie Ervin, Department Chair
- SOCIAL STUDIES - Eric Wehrli, Department Chair
- TECHNOLOGY - Nate Doelling, Department Chair
Because we learn to read - in large part - by reading, write by writing, speak by speaking, and listen by listening, the English/Language Arts Curriculum centers on the use of literature, not only to accomplish traditional goals of literature itself (such as development of cultural awareness, critical thinking, empathy and imagination), but also to facilitate the acquisition of skills necessary for successful communication in school and beyond.
The curriculum offers students instruction and extensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, presenting them with a progressive series of challenges in their encounters with and use of the English language.
English classes aim to cultivate creative capabilities along with logical and rational faculties; to acquaint students with major works in the literary traditions of the United States and Britain while at the same time exploring nontraditional voices; and to begin their acquaintance (in Matthew Arnold's phrase) "with the best that has been known and said," while simultaneously creating thinkers able to discern meaning and express ideas cogently in an increasingly complex, diverse and changing world.
The best part of this class, that I enjoyed, was how each student was free to share and express his or her own opinion.
Seventh Grader, Mrs. Hamilton's English Class
Foreign language study fosters an understanding of how languages develop and increases an awareness of the logic and structure of language in general. The exposure to other cultures and ideas provides opportunities for developing critical thinking, creativity, and confidence in self-expression.
I love that my teacher is so knowledgeable about languages, and he's really invested to help you inside and outside of class if you don't get something.
High School Student, Mr. Colegrove's Spanish Class
This class is great. The environment is friendly and laid back, but she still manages to teach the students. It is fun and the kids debate about things they normally wouldn't.
Sophomore, Mrs. Walda's Religion Class
My teacher is enthusiastic about biology itself, and her obvious passion and knowledge of the subject make the class even more interesting. Her class is fun and engaging, and I have really enjoyed it this year.
Freshman, Mrs. Ervin's Advanced Biology Class
I have learned so much from my teacher this year in Social Studies! I really enjoyed the Europe unit and loved working on the PowerPoint project that we each presented to the class on the European country of our choice.
Sixth Grader, Mrs. McFarland's Social Studies Class