Character and Service


Canterbury School recognizes that the elements of a student’s intellectual, moral and social growth are inextricably intertwined. We strive to create an environment that supports such growth through respect for self and others, and a cooperative attitude toward learning and working within a community of high standards and expectations.

Within the academic curriculum our faculty incorporates opportunities for students to grow intellectually. Learning is a process that extends well beyond the classroom, and the most enduring form of teaching is by example. As a community, we recognize many daily opportunities for promoting and modeling ethical choices and appropriate behavior.

Our advisory groups, daily Chapel, community service efforts and religion classes are just a few of the programs that promote character education. 

Through these programs we strive to create an atmosphere of trust, honesty and mutual respect among students, teachers and parents. These qualities will, in turn, promote not aonly academic growth, but also the development of moral strength and self-discipline – qualities of character that will enable students to become positive, lifelong contributors to society.


Each day at 9:37 a.m. the entire High School comes together for an interdenominational Chapel. This time for reflection includes a personal message from a faculty member, presentations from students or a visit from a community leader. Chapel topics deal with issues important to the lives of students including local and world problems, service and volunteerism, friendship, respect for others, leadership, honesty and kindness. 

Community Service

Canterbury believes in the benefits of volunteering within a community. To support this belief, community service is expected of all students in various ways at different grade levels.

Sophomores are required to complete 20 hours of community service and juniors must complete 40. The school must approve all projects in order to count towards graduation.

While there are a required number of hours that students must complete, many students are voluntarily active with projects above this number through church and community organization activities as well as through the school’s Key Club and school-sponsored projects.

High School students service efforts in 2008-2009 resulted in 7,403 documented volunteer hours.