Frequently Asked Questions

ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME TO VOLUNTEER AT THE SCHOOL?

Parents are welcome – even encouraged – to volunteer at Canterbury School. Parent volunteers help in the classroom, at carpool, in the library, and on field trips. They also assist with a wide variety of special events sponsored by the Parent Association. Check out a list of school-wide volunteer opportunities here.

WHAT POLICIES ARE IN PLACE FOR MY CHILD'S SAFETY?

Canterbury is a community in which everyone knows your name. Before- and after-school carpool is run by faculty who will greet you and make sure your child gets to and from school entrances safely. Unique carpool numbers are issued to each family, and no child is released to a car that doesn't display their family's carpool number. After carpool, all entrances are locked, and all other doors have a code system.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDENTS?

Only students in Kindergarten-Prep are required to wear a uniform. All other classes – Canterbury Kids, Cavaliers, and Junior Kindergarten – can wear comfortable play clothes.

ARE 2-YEAR-OLDS EXPECTED TO BE POTTY TRAINED?

No, and we're happy to help with that! During the Canterbury Kids year (2-year-old children turning 3), students typically are somewhere in the potty training process. There is a child-size potty in the classroom making access for the child quite easy during this process.

WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WILL MY CHILD EXPERIENCE?

Physical activity, and the development of physical skills, play an integral part in the Early Childhood curriculum. Children participate in recess, gymnastics, nature hikes and indoor activities in the gym.

DO STUDENTS TAKE FIELD TRIPS?

Yes, we have school buses that transport students and parents on a variety of "field studies" at all levels. Field studies are planned as an enrichment piece to the thematic units in the classroom.

DO EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS HAVE FOUR-YEAR DEGREES?

Faculty members are highly qualified with associate and bachelor’s degrees or higher, and special training in art, early childhood, music, and elementary education. Yearly professional development is expected to keep informed of effective educational practices.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS ALLERGIES OR FOOD RESTRICTIONS?

Many of our students have special food sensitivities or requirements, and this information is clearly communicated to the teacher, as well as Extended Care staff members. The Early Childhood division has a peanut-free policy in the classrooms and the Clubhouse.

IS THERE AN ON-STAFF NURSE?

Yes! We have a registered nurse on staff, Monday to Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.