A Canterbury education is a foundation and a springboard for character development, cultural exploration, and personal growth.
Whether a student attends Canterbury School from Early Childhood through High School, from Grades 9 – 12, or somewhere in between, he or she will develop:
- A life-long habit of intellectual curiosity and creativity
- Highly developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- The self-awareness and self-confidence to pursue his or her passions
- A sense of responsibility to others and his or her community
And, with a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, Canterbury students enjoy small class sizes with personalized instruction, meaningful connections, and endless support.
Learn more about each of our departments:
- 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