Signature Programs

At each grade level Canterbury School has designed programs that focus on discovery and exploration; growth and challenges; and the opportunity for students to change their community and their world.

Grade 5 - We the People

The foundation of our country becomes the foundation of fifth grade. In We the People, an intensive study of the United States Constitution, fifth-grade students write as many as 22 essays, thinking their way through the Constitution. They realize its relevancy by interviewing community members and gain an understanding of how the Constitution impacts a variety of occupations. With the guidance of social studies teachers, the Middle School librarian, and the technology specialist, students craft mini documentaries in each group’s project. The dramatic oratory teacher coaches students on their presentation skills, building up to a mock congressional hearing at the Allen County Court House in downtown Fort Wayne. More than a social studies program, We the People is training for tomorrow’s informed citizens.

Grade 6 - Challenge 20/20

Challenge 20/20 is a national social studies program that connects schools in the United States with schools in other countries. Students work in groups to identify local solutions to a global problem. In a globally-based, experiential curriculum, students develop cross-cultural competency and communication skills as they connect, collaborate, research, and learn with their partner schools. The technology specialist assists students in using technology to chart each phase of the process in a documentary form, while the librarian assists in researching, assessing implications, and connecting with experts both in our community and around the world.

Grade 7 - Understanding Human Genetics

Seventh graders participate in this project-based learning unit to further their understanding of human genetics. Students are given a medical case study written by an actual genetic counselor that contains patient information, symptoms, and family history. Collaborating as a group, students work together to diagnose their patient based on the information provided. Students assume different roles and responsibilities throughout the process such as Hospital Administrator, Genetic Counselor, Physician, or Public Relations Director. Students meet people from the medical community, hear from patient advocacy groups and tour the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. Finally, students present the entirety of the project to a panel of experts that includes physicians, genetic counselors, and prominent figures in the community.

Grade 8 - Student Cam Project

Eighth graders delve into the national political scene through StudentCam. They first travel to Washington, D.C., in the fall, where they gather firsthand knowledge of and perspective on our nation’s capital. When they return to Indiana, the students begin designing and producing a research-based documentary video for C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition. The project encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation, as they research the C-SPAN database and gather video clips to address a topic of national significance. Students not only hone their technology and analytical skills, but also sound their voices in the political discourse of our country.

Middle School Signature Program

Educational Partnership with Eagle Marsh - LRWP

One special educational partnership brings together all four Middle School grade levels. The Educational Partnership with Eagle Marsh-Little River Wetlands Project provides a dynamic collaboration in the restoration of local wetlands. The project incorporates hands-on scientific activity related to Canterbury’s science curriculum for each grade level, as students pursue answers and solutions to problems related to the wetlands.

Eagle Marsh is a 716-acre wetland preserve in southwest Fort Wayne. Eight miles of trails allow students to access the preserve’s varied habitats of shallow-water wetland, sedge meadow, prairie, mature forest, and young trees. More than 200 kinds of birds and numerous other wild creatures have been seen here, among them bald eagles and 24 bird and two amphibian species endangered or of special concern in Indiana.

At Eagle Marsh, students participate in hands-on, real-world applications of our science curriculum. Projects include water quality testing, ridding the wetland of Canadian thistle, examining healthy and unhealthy ecosystems, and planting milkweed to attract monarch butterflies. Data from experiments and testing is shared with the Little River Wetlands Project staff. These valuable, practical experiences and the school’s educational partnership with Eagle Marsh provide students with opportunities to develop their scientific skills while making a real difference for this important resource in their community.

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