The intellectual tools students sharpen every day at Canterbury will prove their power in college and far beyond.
AT CANTERBURY, YOU WILL DEVELOP THE SKILLS MOST ESSENTIAL TO MEETING FUTURE CHALLENGES AND SUCCEEDING IN COLLEGE. These start with critical thinking, excellence in writing, and a solid foundation in digital literacy. All are skills best taught the way Canterbury teaches them: in small, interactive classes, where you have the chance to make progress through practice, with individual feedback and guidance. Learning at Canterbury combines discussion and discovery in the classroom with hands-on projects and problem-solving beyond class—whether you are inventing in the Maker Space, crafting a research paper in the Writing Lab, building cardboard boats for an engineering competition in the swimming pool, or heading to Montana for a summer project combining ecology and leadership-building.
We serve and challenge students at a range of levels, including the very highest. We typically have 80 or more students each year taking calculus or courses beyond it.
— Suzanne Roberts, Associate Head of School, Academics
All our classrooms are equipped with interactive SMART Boards and the latest in JTouch technology. Our teachers use this technology to enhance the learning experience and promote interactive classroom experiences.
At Canterbury, the relationship between teacher and student is the foundation of everything we do. It is a relationship built on trust and mutual respect, and it is a powerful force inspiring learning and personal growth. Such strong relationships are possible here because of our small size. When the average class size is just 12, each teacher can know every student and his or her individual strengths and needs. These relationships are also possible because of the teachers Canterbury attracts: nearly 60 percent of our faculty have 15 or more years of experience; more than 70 percent hold advanced degrees; all are dedicated mentors, deeply committed to the success of their students
Our students are offered many choices throughout their four years of study. Honors courses are available beginning in the Third Form, and AP courses are available in all disciplines, including music and studio art. In 2016, 114 Canterbury students took 197 AP exams in 17 subjects. 41 students earned AP Scholars designation with 11 students achieving the designation of AP Scholar with Honor and nine AP Scholars with Distinction.