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.



Each day the entire Middle School comes together for an interdenominational Chapel. Wednesday Chapel time also includes students in grades K-4. 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 issues, service and volunteerism, friendship, self control, compassion and conservation.

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. Students have opportunities to learn about volunteerism and helping others through activities such as the canned food drive, a winter clothing drive for the Burmese refugees in our community, a cultural exchange with Burmese refugee children, visits to the SPCA and collections of towels and supplies for animals, an interactive program with Covington Manor where students undergo training to spend time with senior adults, and more.

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.