We understand the vital importance of effective communication in today's interconnected world. We provide you with the tools to master the art of expressing your ideas clearly and confidently. Whether in writing or speech, we nurture your ability to convey thoughts with precision and impact—a skill essential for your success in college and future professional and personal endeavors.
Your Personal Learning Journey
At Canterbury, every academic experience fuels your personal growth. As a result, you flourish as a deep, future-ready thinker rooted in core values, with a broad worldview, ready to confidently engage with the ever-changing world ahead.
Our academic program demonstrates our belief that a high school education should be a transformative, highly individualized experience. Every Canterbury student embarks on a tailored path, leading to their greatest academic and personal outcomes. The curriculum offers a broad and dynamic range, laying down the foundational knowledge sought after by top-tier colleges while granting the freedom to explore individual intellectual passions, some of which might be exciting new discoveries.
Canterbury ensures students are both grounded in essential skills and equipped for a rapidly evolving world. This approach emphasizes proficiency in written and verbal communication, fosters critical and creative thinking, and facilitates digital citizenship and information savvy. An enduring commitment to ethical leadership and global perspectives ensures students emerge as compassionate, inclusive thinkers, ready for any challenges and opportunities the future will bring.
Whether you’re ready for Multivariable Calculus as a sophomore, excited about doubling up on AP histories, or keen to explore electives that align with a potential college major, our curriculum supports your individual journey, preparing you for college and beyond with confidence and purpose.
A Canterbury education isn’t about checking a box; it’s about meaningful, transformative growth. When we bring together students from diverse backgrounds, each with their own unique story, perspectives, strengths, and aspirations, and pair them with our passionate educators, experts in their fields who deeply understand how adolescents learn and grow, the outcome is truly remarkable.
Head of School
Rachel Stone P ‘23, ‘24
You never have to go it alone, and the door is always open for you to take charge of your academic success. We know that every journey benefits from support, so whether you’re taking four APs or struggling in Algebra 1, you have a place to go for help when you need it.
Here, your intellectual growth and moral development go hand in hand. Develop a sense of purpose, responsibility, and compassion for others, ready to contribute positively to the world around you.
Gain an academic edge, earn college credit, experience the rigors of college coursework, and prepare confidently for higher education.
Interdisciplinary Writing Curriculum
Our focus on superior writing spans a comprehensive four-year program. You master diverse writing forms, from scientific lab reports to historical research and reflective narratives, ensuring you develop strong writing and critical thinking competencies across all subjects.
Digital & Information Literacy
Learn to navigate the online world with confidence through our digital literacy program, equipping you with the skills to critically evaluate, effectively use, and ethically source information on the internet, preparing you for informed decision-making in a digital information age.
Travel & Experiential Learning
Acquire a greater understanding of the world through off-campus travel, co-curricular engagement, and experiential learning—from exploring such places as Israel and Spain; immersing yourself in service in Lourdes, France; going behind the scenes at BuzzFeed and the NHL; or trying out medical simulators at Hartford Hospital.
New Student Seminar
In your first year as a Canterbury student, this seminar series acclimates you to the academic rigor of Canterbury. Academic Counselors meet with you weekly to discuss topics such as resources, time management, study skills, and the School’s Honor Code, ensuring your path to success starts strong.
College Work Group
Starting in the Fifth Form (junior) year, this weekly class is built right into your schedule, providing dedicated time, space, and resources—and our College Counselors as your co-pilots—to navigate every aspect of the complex college search and application process.
Sixth Form Project
In the spring of your senior year, you have the opportunity to pursue an off-campus academic interest under the guidance of our faculty. This tailored approach facilitates deep exploration, fostering a personalized and enriched learning experience in your chosen subjects.