About Canterbury School

Since 1954, Canterbury School has been dedicated to providing a superior, nurturing education for young children. An independent, non-profit private school, located in the Morningside-Emory area of Atlanta, Canterbury School offers a range of programs for infants through third-graders.

Canterbury School provides challenging academics combined with a deep sense of community and a caring atmosphere for children. Children are respected as unique individuals, and they develop a sense of respect for others and an appreciation for diversity.

At Canterbury School, children experience optimum social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth through a stimulating environment, dedicated teachers, and an enriching curriculum.

Our Mission

Canterbury School is dedicated to providing a superior quality early childhood education to our young children. Canterbury’s emphasis is on providing small class sizes, intellectual stimulation coordinated with children’s play, child-centered activities based on experimentation with materials of the child’s own choosing, and a nurturing environment that promotes self-confidence, respect for self and others, and life-long learning.

Canterbury encourages the enrollment of multicultural families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or family structure.

Philosophy

At the core of our philosophy, we believe that children should enjoy their childhood and early learning experiences. Every day at Canterbury School brings new enriching learning experiences. The early childhood years are essential for building a solid foundation for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Part of that foundation should be a life-long love of learning that children will embrace throughout their lives.

Early childhood is a meaningful phase of life that should be valued and respected. At Canterbury School, we view children as naturally curious, creative, and competent individuals, who have a hand in the direction of their own learning. As a result, we use a mixture of both child-directed and teacher-directed learning activities. We believe that a child’s work is play. A highly qualified teacher is present to guide and support learning. As a result, we use a mixture of both child-directed and teacher-directed learning activities. A highly qualified teacher must be there to support their learning by being a keen observer, arranging a stimulating environment, and providing hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities and materials.

Since each child has individual differences and develops at his/her own pace, we strive to meet each child at their own developmental level. We challenge each child to meet his/her full potential by providing small class sizes, an adaptable environment, and flexible curriculum.


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School Community

Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff at Canterbury School are our greatest assets. They are caring, knowledgeable, and professional educators dedicated to providing the highest quality program. They have a gift and enthusiasm for teaching, an understanding of how children learn, a respect for their students as individual learners, and an ability to model the love of learning.

The staff is exceptionally diversified in qualifications, culture, and background. Most of our teachers hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, while some are in the process of gaining advanced degrees. Additionally, they take part in professional development opportunities, including workshops, research, and conferences. The variety of skills, talents, and experiences of each staff member adds to the quality of our school.

Diversity

Children at Canterbury School develop respect for others and an appreciation for diversity. This is accomplished through our diverse student population, multicultural education, and respect for children as unique individuals.

Children begin to develop a sense of identity and feelings about others at a young age. Therefore, we believe that it is important to enhance and preserve the presence of students and teachers from diverse backgrounds.

Additionally, many of our students, families, and teachers, bring an International flare to our school community.

Canterbury encourages the enrollment of multicultural families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, nationality, sexual orientation, or family structure.

A Small School with Small Class Sizes

Canterbury School is a relatively small school community compared to other Atlanta private schools and child care centers. We have around 90 students, and class sizes range from four to fifteen students, depending upon age or grade level.

Some of the advantages of small school and class size include:

  • More individual attention from teachers
  • More personalized learning environment
  • Closer relationships among peers and teachers
  • Fewer discipline problems
  • Greater sense of belonging

Family Involvement

Crucial to Canterbury School's success is the involvement of each family. The best educational environment is created through continuous interaction among the family, staff, and child. Our faculty and staff frequently communicate with families through daily conversations, daily or weekly reports, emails, phone calls, newsletters, monthly calendars, and parent conferences.

The school also provides several opportunities for family involvement including volunteer opportunities, an annual Open House, workshops, parent meetings, and special events.