Our private school athletics are among the top in the state!

As extensions of the classroom, the athletic fields and courts at Canterbury create unique learning environments and development zones for student athletes. Our all-inclusive program puts an emphasis on maximizing individual effort as part of a team, where students are challenged to grow at their own pace, embrace common goals and strive for competitive success.

About Canterbury Athletics


Athletics are an integral part of the educational program at Canterbury School, and athletic experiences are considered a natural extension of the educational environment.

The interscholastic sports program encourages individual participation and achievement by giving every student an opportunity to learn and play sports competitively. This policy of inclusion is at the core of Canterbury athletics. This differs from many schools and confirms Canterbury’s belief that involvement in athletics is a valuable experience, one that should be accessible to all students.

The formation of varsity, junior varsity and “C” teams, as well as the use of squads where necessary accommodates students of varying skill levels while attempting to create a positive experience for each student.

The interscholastic sports program is a spiraling program including students in Grades 5-12. The school recognizes participation, skill development and competitiveness as valuable elements of the program.

Middle School

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.

High School

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.


Canterbury School is part of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) which encourages “Double-Goal Coaches” – those who have not only the goal of winning, but also the goal of teaching young people life lessons and positive character traits through sports.

"I love to watch you play."

These are the six most powerful words you can say to your athlete, no matter the result of the game. This sentence has been become a staple among Canterbury families over the past year and is part of the PCA teachings. The athletics staff supports and practices the PCA principals to transform youth sports so that sports can transform youth. Goals include the following:

Redefining "Winner"

A winner is one who puts forth maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and refuses to let mistakes or the fear of making mistakes be a deterrent.

Refilling Your Emotional Tank

Encouragement and criticism should be delivered in a 5-to-1 ratio.

Honoring the Game

This means no rules are bent to win. A worthy opponent is viewed as a gift that calls forth players’ highest potential. Officials are treated with respect. Players never do anything to embarrass the team on or off the field. Additionally, players live up to their personal standards, regardless of others’ behavior.


We're excited to share our High School Athletics state records for the last few years.


  • Boys Soccer: 1A State Champions
  • 6-Time State Champions: Indiana Record


  • Girls Soccer: 1A State Champions


  • Girls Soccer: 1A State Champions
  • Girls Basketball: 2A State Runner-up
  • Girls Basketball: Darby Maggard, Mental Attitude Award
  • Girls Tennis: Leah Barnes, State Individual, Runner-up


  • Girls Basketball: 2A State Runner-up
  • Boys Golf: Michael Brothers, Individual Advanced to State


  • Boys Soccer: 1A State Champions
  • Boys Tennis: State Team 3rd Place
  • Girls Basketball: 1A State Champions
  • Girls Tennis: Leah Barnes, State Individual, Runner-up


  • Boys Soccer: 1A State Champions
  • Girls Basketball: 1A State Champions
  • Girls Tennis: State Team 5th Place
  • Girls Tennis: Leah Barnes, State Individual, Runner-up

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