School Curriculum

At Canterbury School, a combination of both teacher-directed and student-directed learning provides an important balance in the curriculum. Highly qualified teachers, who are knowledgeable in early childhood education, support students’ learning. They prepare lesson plans with measurable objectives that target each of the developmental domains: language, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Instruction on important skills and knowledge is provided in small groups or individually.

Additionally, students have a large hand in the direction of their learning. Students have many choices and plenty of time for play and exploration. A stimulating environment is provided for children to explore, manipulate, make discoveries, test out new ideas, revisit and revise old ideas, practice new skills, and work with friends.

At Canterbury School, an integrated curriculum is used, in which all academic subjects and developmental areas are brought together to make a more meaningful learning experience. Topics, or themes, are chosen and focused on over an extended period of time. These topics are carefully chosen based on observations of students’ interests, children’s prior knowledge, relevance to children’s real life experiences, the ability to explore the topic in-depth, and the necessity of the topic.

Several others factors are taken into consideration when teachers prepare their lesson plans. Listed below, are some of the elements of our curriculum.

Elements of the Curriculum:

  • Multicultural Education
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Curiosity and Intrinsic Motivation
  • Creativity
  • Bilingual Education
  • Physical Fitness
  • Emotional Development
  • Social Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Incorporating Nature
  • Brain-based Learning
  • Learning Styles
  • Individualized Learning

Enrichment Classes

Canterbury School provides a variety of enrichment experiences for each age group, including cooking, dance, music, art, tennis, and Playball. Each enrichment class is designed to enhance learning through active participation.

Enrichment classes are included in the tuition, so that all classmates can participate in each class. They are taught by both Canterbury's talented staff and outside enrichment educators. Not all classes are available at all times during the year, but a variety of enrichment experiences are provided each week.

Field Trips

Canterbury School creates memorable learning experiences by having activities outside of the classroom that foster a more meaningful education for students. The abundant resources of Atlanta are used to give children first-hand, real world experiences. Field trips to exhibits, concerts, plays, puppet shows, museums, and other local events are integrated into the school's curriculum.

Canterbury students, starting at 18 months, enjoy taking field trips 1-5 times per month during the school year, and more frequently during summer months.

Where exactly do we go? Everywhere! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta
  • Piedmont Park
  • Old Forth Ward Park & Fountains
  • Atlanta Public Library
  • The Art Station
  • Alliance Children's Theatre
  • Hudgens Center for the Arts
  • Fire station
  • Local parks
  • Art galleries
  • Petting zoo
  • Farm
  • Cultural Festivals

Special Events

Four special events each year are designed to expand children's horizons and promote an awareness of community. Two of the special events, the International Food Festival and the Earth Day Festival, take place in Fall and Spring and are planned by the families. They are designed to help teach our students values important to our school: multicultural education and living green. The other two special events, the Summer Talent Showcase and the Winter Festival, are planned by the teachers. They are designed to present our students' talents and efforts to families, while helping children establish self-confidence and learn the value of teamwork.