Profile of a Graduate


The Graduate Profile articulates Canterbury’s aspirations for all students based on our Five Values and the Mission of the School. The Profile highlights our principles of teaching and learning excellence, which focus on cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills delivered through four core competencies: writing with clarity, effective speaking, critical thinking and digital literacy.



Principles of Learning

Cognitive Thinking

Cognitive thinking is the intersection of critical thinking, problem solving, and content knowledge. Read more

Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal communication is between two or more people or groups. It is key to effective collaboration. Read more

Intrapersonal Perspective

Intrapersonal perspective is within ourselves—our motivations, beliefs, and goals. Read more

Our Four Core Competencies

Writing with Clarity

In learning to write with clarity, students master the skills of logical organization, supportive elaboration, proper sentence construction, and word precision. Our students leave Canterbury with the skills to communicate their ideas and effectively convey their own identity and thoughts to others.

  • Document Based Question essays
  • Using journals to create individual responses and identity centered ideas
  • Share, articulate and accept constructive criticism through peer editing

Effective Speaking

Public speaking is actively incorporated across all disciplines, and students are emboldened to learn how to share their own perspective while actively incorporating and responding to that of those around them. Canterbury graduates express refined verbal communication skills in both formal and informal settings. 

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking happens at the intersection of perception and analysis, of reconstructing what we think we know and interpreting it through the lens of another perspective or discipline. To think critically is to be an active questioner, an empathetic individual, and a lifetime learner. 

  • Logical fallacies
  • Close reading and analysis of primary source documents
  • Socratic Dialogues

Digital Literacy

Like reading, writing, and speaking, our ability to utilize technology is important in allowing us to connect with those around us and the broader world. Digital literacy is a key piece of developing our students as global citizens.

  • Responsible digital citizenship using safe internet practices
  • Information Evaluation
  • Use of Google Classroom and Tools
  • Sharing and discussing information digitally

Canterbury faculty know our students as individuals and develop their understanding of academic content to prepare them to apply their knowledge to problem-solving beyond the classroom. Canterbury shapes graduates as moral leaders and continuous learners as they enter a complex, secular world.

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