Each Student Matters
At Canterbury School, each student matters.
It's true: Each Canterbury School student is provided a challenging, enriching and supportive learning environment where their personal, social and spiritual well-being matters. Yet, each student takes advantage of this unique environment in his or her own way. Students may choose to compete on the Speech and Debate Team, or they may gravitate toward an athletic team. They might enjoy pursuing a third language, or they might be inspired by computer technology courses.
No matter the stories our students choose to write for themselves, they're challenged, supported and encouraged each step of they way. Let us introduce four of our outstanding students from our Lower, Middle and High School divisions. They're motivated, they're dynamic and, most of all, they're unique.
What story are you writing?
Meet John Mezger ('21) from Columbia City, and read about his Canterbury School experience so far!
"Hi! I'm John, and I chose Canterbury High School because I wanted a rigorous academic experience that would prepare me well for college and its challenges. I can tell I made the right decision because of the special connection I have with my teachers. I can ask them any question, and they won't hesitate to help me, which is truly invaluable.
"Being a member of the Canterbury community is rewarding because we all uphold the principles and ideas of integrity, but we also enjoy a fun, loving and welcoming environment. The welcoming aspect is special because we embrace everyone, and you always have someone to go to for support. That's how we live the 'Each person matters' idea every day.
"So far, my favorite experience has been Cav Games because the whole school comes together to celebrate what makes us Canterbury!"
Let us introduce Christyne Nwakanma (’23) from Fort Wayne! Christyne enrolled at Canterbury Middle School last year and is already quite involved in student life.
"Hello, I’m Christyne! I wanted to come to Canterbury School because of the education. At my old school, being an athlete was the most important thing. Here, you can focus on academics and also participate in sports.
"My favorite thing about Canterbury is the freedom that we have. In the Middle School, we’re able to start making our own decisions. For example, I can choose to go to the library at recess, or I can go outside if I want.
"I also love being involved! In seventh grade, I played basketball and participated in the fall play. This year, I am playing volleyball. My favorite class is PE, and I also love art. I have been drawing for a long time, and I love the support that my friends give me when I show them my drawings."
Meet AnnaBella Brown (‘22) from Laotto, who is new to Canterbury School this year and loves her experience thus far!
"Hello! My name is AnnaBella, and I chose Canterbury High School because, previously, I felt I wasn’t challenged to my fullest potential. After learning about Canterbury and meeting students and teachers, I knew it was a place where I’d best fit in and learn in the best way possible. I love that I have close relationships with my teachers and other students in every grade level, and that I can be myself and have freedom to grow.
"I know that each person is important at Canterbury School because each person puts in something different, yet special, making up who we are. I especially love going to the sports games to cheer on fellow Cavs!
"Each day, I walk through the door of this school never doubting what’s to come. It means so much to me to be able to represent my school with every word and action. Everywhere I go I am representing true Canterbury spirit with dignity, integrity and grace."
Get acquainted with Braylon Maxey (’27)! A Fort Wayne native, Braylon started at Canterbury in Junior Kindergarten and now he’s enjoying Grade 4.
"I’m Braylon, and I love Canterbury School because we get to do things that other kids don’t. In all our classes, we get to learn at a pace that’s right for us and at whatever speed we need. Everybody learns at their own level.
"I think it’s cool that in Kindergarten, first and second grades, we get to learn French. Then, we can switch to Spanish in third grade if we want, which is what I did.
"This experience is great for me because it lets me compare languages and try new things. One of my favorite classes at Canterbury is drama because it’s fun to play different characters. I also love PE class because I am an athlete, and in PE, you can play sports and have fun doing it!"