Special Focus Classes

A child’s personal development is as important as his or her academic progress, and our goal is to provide a broad-based education for all students.

This includes helping students develop a lifelong love of the arts, speak a foreign language, and experience personal successes in the areas of math and science. The following Specials Classes supplement our core academic focus and are taught by specialists in each field. Lower School students attend the following classes:

Art, Chess, Computer, Drama, Foreign Language, Library, Math Enrichment, Music, Physical Education, Religion, Science Lab and Strings

Lower School students also have unique opportunities to engage in the performing arts.


All students in Grade 3 become acquainted with the violin, viola, and cello. Students may then choose to continue with a stringed instrument in Grade 4 and perform during the Lower School Musical.


Each year the arts teachers work with classroom teachers on the Lower School Musical. The entire Lower School participates in the musical, giving performances for the Middle School, grandparents, and family. The musical is three stories in one acted out by each fourth grade class. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 participate in production numbers – singing and dancing throughout the musical. Students also help paint the sets for the musical and do set crew.


Students in Grades 2-4 are invited to become members of the Canterbury Children’s Choir. Students practice on Wednesday mornings before Chapel and perform throughout the year as requested by outside organizations, at All School Chapels, the Spring Luncheon, and at "A Canterbury Christmas" at Trinity Episcopal Church.