Canterbury is a college preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1915 and guided by our Catholic heritage, the School prides itself on creating a community based on its Five Values: Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality, and Self-Reliance —in which students and faculty forge lasting bonds and every student experiences a broad and challenging program in a small school setting. The School’s educational environment fosters academic rigor, athletic development, artistic enrichment, spiritual growth and strives to ensure a superior experience that prepares students for leading colleges and universities and for life.
With its rigorous and humane approach to students, both in and out of the classroom, Canterbury’s program inculcates vital intellectual and ethical habits of mind. The School sees all students as individuals, encourages them as necessary, challenges them as appropriate, and inspires them to become moral leaders in a complex, secular world.
Come find yourself on our beautiful hilltop, surrounded by views of Litchfield County and the town of New Milford. The campus brings together historic stone landmarks with contemporary architecture. It is a place of sweeping lawns, winding paths, grand old trees, and expansive playing fields. While the heart of campus is compact and walkable, the New Milford town green and a variety of shops and restaurants are only a short distance down the hill. Our boarders appreciate the convenience of going out to dinner on a weekend with friends or shopping for snacks and necessities - after signing out with their dorm parent, of course! While nestled on a hilltop in Litchfield County, Canterbury is conveniently located at the intersection of several urban centers. Our campus is only 150 miles from Boston, 85 miles from New York City, 45 miles from Hartford, and 35 miles from New Haven.
Students and Faculty
The Canterbury community is comprised of students and faculty of many faiths and backgrounds. Canterbury’s approximately 320 students come from 18 states and 20 countries—65 percent are boarders and 35 percent are day students.
The curriculum serves a range of academic abilities. We offer 16 AP courses and 26 Honors sections as well as support for students who benefit from extra help with coursework. Technology, a powerful tool for learning, is integrated into courses across the curriculum through the latest JTouch interactive whiteboard models. Ellen O’Meara, The Director of the Copley Library, serves as a valuable resource to faculty and students as an educator of 21st century best practices in research. A faculty committee monitors the School’s curriculum and encourages the incorporation of current, sound practices.