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.
We draw from current research and faculty collaboration, and we are committed to providing a smooth progression from Early Childhood through High School graduation. The end goal? To inspire each student to discover and develop his or her unique strengths and talents, and support his or her growth and development tirelessly.
To maximize the full benefits of an Early Childhood through Grade 12 experience, the curriculum achieves 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, paying special attention to the process and product of learning:
- 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
- FINE ARTS
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- SOCIAL STUDIES
Because we learn to read 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.
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 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
Artist. Athlete. Scholar.
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