Frequently Asked Questions
- WHAT IS CANTERBURY LOOKING FOR IN NEW APPLICANTS?
- WHAT PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATING SENIORS ARE ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE?
- HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED AT CANTERBURY?
- WHAT'S THE AVERAGE CLASS SIZE AT CANTERBURY?
- HOW AVAILABLE ARE CANTERBURY FACULTY TO THEIR STUDENTS?
- HOW DIVERSE IS THE STUDENT BODY AT CANTERBURY?
- WHAT LANGUAGES DOES CANTERBURY OFFER?
- WHAT FINE ARTS OPPORTUNITIES DOES CANTERBURY OFFER?
- WHAT SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES DOES CANTERBURY OFFER?
- ARE THERE COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES AT CANTERBURY?
- DOES CANTERBURY OFFER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES?
- DOES CANTERBURY OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
At Canterbury School, we consider three primary factors during the admission process: (1) the student's intellectual curiosity, proven academic aptitude and enthusiasm for learning, (2) the student's special interests and extracurricular talents, and (2) the student's strong character and compassion for others.
We're happy to share that 100 percent of graduating seniors are accepted to college. In the Class of 2017, there were 91 seniors. They submitted 767 college applications to 222 colleges and universities, they received 390 acceptances to 150 institutions, and they enrolled at 47 colleges in 19 states. This outstanding class of young men and women received more than $9 million in scholarship offers, and they accepted more than $2.5 million in scholarship offers from the schools at which they enrolled.
We believe our school community and its members are enriched by understanding and respecting the uniqueness in all people. That's why we actively seek to create an inclusive environment that emphasizes the importance of embracing our differences. We enjoy a community and student body that represents a diversity of races and ethnicities; socioeconomic and religious backgrounds; and individual talents, interests and experiences. Learn more about diversity at Canterbury.
Foreign language learning is an integral component of a well-rounded curriculum. Current brain research indicates that foreign language learning should start at the earliest age. Language is a vehicle for communicating ideas and the study of a foreign language opens up new areas of literature and expression to the student.
French instruction begins at age 3, and Spanish instruction begins in Grade 3. We also offer Latin for Grade 7 students and above, and Japanese for Grade 9 students and above. All language instructions continues throughout High School, where AP courses and immersion experiences are offered. Additional languages are offered through the MON Program at the High School.
The arts are built into the curriculum from Early Childhood through High School. Students have the opportunity to experience drama, choir, musical instruments, speech, chess, photography, computer art, music technology composition, orchestra, band, dance, and more during the school day.
Athletics are an integral part of the educational program at Canterbury School, and athletic experiences are considered a natural extension of the educational environment.
Middle School athletics focuses on the benefits of participation for Grades 5-6, which include social growth, team concepts, exposure to the athletic environment and enjoyment. For Grades 7-8 the emphasis is placed upon the development of athletic skill - including individual skills, team strategies and roles within a team.
In Grades 9-12, the competitive aspects of athletics are emphasized. The benefits to students include learning to implement advanced skills and tactics within team roles, the appreciation of success in team goals, and the satisfaction that comes from working hard toward shared endeavors.
Yes, we believe community service, and building stronger communities, is an important part of a well-rounded education. That's why we make community service part of the curriculum in every division. The Early Childhood, Lower School and Middle School collect items for a variety of local agencies and organizations, while the High School has a community service requirement of at least 60 hours during a student’s sophomore and junior years.