Character Education

Integritas in Omnibus - Integrity in All Things

This is our school motto. At Canterbury School, we recognize the elements of a student’s intellectual, moral and social growth are inextricably intertwined. That's why 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 are opportunities for intellectual growth. 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 daily opportunities for promoting, and modeling, ethical choices and appropriate behavior. 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 academic growth and the development of moral strength and self-discipline – qualities of character that will enable students to become positive, lifelong contributors to society.


Canterbury believes in the benefits of volunteering within the community. To support this belief, community service is an important part of student development.

Cavalier Helper

Fourth graders rotate throughout the year as Cavalier Helpers in the lunchroom. They help students during all the Lower School lunch periods, helping to direct students, making sure they walk, helping student with food requests and helping the parent volunteers.

School Sponsored Projects

Throughout the year the Lower School participates in many ways to help area agencies. Students give of their time by helping to sort food at the food bank or filling backpacks for the Blessing in a Backpack program. They also write letters and create bookmarks for students or families outside our school. Following are projects in which Canterbury students have recently been involved:

  • Adams Elementary: book collection
  • All God's Children (Bangladesh): penny collection
  • ASPCA: collect items for pets
  • Associated Churches: canned food collection
  • Associated Churches: Grade 4 sorts food
  • Boys & Girls Club: school supplies
  • Boys & Girls Club: visit the center
  • Boys & Girls Club: toiletries/educational games
  • Fairfield Elementary: make Thanksgiving bookmarks for the students
  • Habitat for Humanity: can collection
  • Haiti earthquake: more than $500 collected
  • Kate's Kart: book collection
  • Study School: socks and underwear collection
  • Study School: children's coat collection
  • Study School: toiletries/educational games
  • Turnstone: visit the center
  • Turnstone: school supplies
  • Wellspring: hats, gloves, socks, coats
  • Wellspring: Grade 3 visits center


Canterbury’s religion program makes an impact on students' daily lives. Students:

  • Participate in service opportunities
  • Study religious leaders and Biblical heroes
  • Learn about the differences and similarities of work religions
  • Support individual growth and promote peace

While the school is non-denominational, our founders felt it was important it be grounded in Christian principles. In doing so, the school focuses on teaching values and helping students to grow in spirit.

The basic principle of religion classes is to present students with the underlying issues, themes, beliefs and practices common to many religions. The Canterbury community is made up of many religions including Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Christian. With this in mind, classes are respectful of diversity and do not teach doctrine. Religion classes also are seen as a way to address ethical situations and personal beliefs from an intellectual perspective.

The Haven

The Haven is a place and time for students to practice their faiths and explore avenues of growth. It's facilitated by the religion teacher, who developed this unique program. With a special, designated area within the religion classroom, the Haven provides a safe and caring environment for students to talk, reflect, and pray about those matters which are weighing on their hearts or which are moments for celebration. It also provides time for appropriate responses to students' growth, which may include developing:

  • Peacemaking skills
  • Ideation and implementation of service opportunities
  • Contemplative activities
  • Design and implementation of spiritual services for chapel
  • Awareness of environmental issues with appropriate action taken
  • Understanding of other students and their faiths
  • Understanding of a moral right and wrong through the values common in all faiths

The Haven Interfaith Parent Group

The Haven Interfaith Parent (HIP) Group's mission is "to support the mission of Canterbury School and encourage an understanding and appreciation of all beliefs and faiths, with the goal of promoting peace in our community."

Through its meetings, the group has realized that each family's religious and cultural beliefs are different, but we do have common values. HIP’s vision is to build upon these common values to serve our community. Interested parents are invited to learn more about this group.