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.
With views of the Litchfield Hills and the town of New Milford, the School’s hilltop campus in western Connecticut offers a secure and scenic setting. While the campus’s rolling lawns and attractive buildings might seem a world apart, the New Milford town green and a variety of shops and restaurants are only a short walk down the hill. Our boarders appreciate the convenience (after signing out with their dorm parents) of going out to dinner on a weekend with friends or shopping for snacks and necessities. The School is 84 miles from New York City, 45 miles from Hartford, and 35 miles from New Haven.
Students and Faculty
Canterbury’s college preparatory program provides a challenging course of study, supported by individual attention as needed. The School community is comprised of students and faculty of many faiths and from different backgrounds. Canterbury’s approximately 330 students come from 16 states and 14 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. Each classroom has a SMART Board, and teachers use iPads and Apple TVs to enhance teaching. The Director of the Copley Library is current with 21st century research options and serves as a valuable resource to faculty and students. A faculty committee monitors the school’s curriculum and encourages the incorporation of current, sound practices.
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