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Canterbury Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 88 students


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Posted September 12, 2011

Our children have been attending Canterbury for 5 years now. We are extremely happy with the education they are receiving. Our kids love their teachers and their classmates. The classes are small, usually between 10 - 14 students, which allows plenty of attention for each child. It also gives the teachers ample time to monitor behavior which I feel is lacking in the public schools. The kids are taught from an early age to respect each other and the environment around them. I believe the school is above the curve in most subjects. The kids are fluid types by the end of third grade. Spanish is taught as a foreign language from an early age. The principals are focusing a lot of effort introducing technology into the classroom as well. The school is very affordable relative to other private K-8 schools in the area. They also offer a sibling discount. The tuition covers everything. No fund raisers, door-to-door sales, or mandatory volunteer time. The school is run extremely efficiently while maintaining a caring and comfortable environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2010

My child just started Kindergarten at Canterbury this year. We are very pleased with the strong math and reading programs. The environment is very positive and classes are small. It has been a great place for our child!!
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Posted March 5, 2010

My daughter has attended Canterbury for 3 years and I can say it is truly an exceptional school. The quality of teaching is excellent. All the teachers show a great commitment and personal approach. They maintain a very disciplined approach to education. If you desire less structure this is probably not the place for you. The only drawback is a lack of after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2009

We as a family love the great caring teaching invirenment
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Posted September 5, 2007

Great school academically, a wasteland in the areas of sports or creative activity. I left this school several years ahead of public school students intellectually, but several years behind socially, and with no work ethic. Behavioral discipline is enforced strictly, but the lack of a more rigidly structured curriculum left me almost completely without the ability to turn in homework on time. The small class sizes and the fact that schoolmates rarely live in the same neighborhood make socialization an issue. Also, the owner/principal had quite a temper. Hopefully she has softened a little by now.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 8, 2006

I have question about some teachers ability to teach effectively there.
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Posted April 21, 2006

Canterbury is (relatively) better than most schools in the area. However, in the higher grades, there are few teachers, and most don't know their subject material well enough to be teaching. There are no extracurricular activities, and there is little, if any, parental involvement. On the other hand, spcial classes are available for advanced students, and the school is very, very safe. This school can only be considered to be a good school compared with the other schools in this area, and it is certainly not on par with other private schools in the state.
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Posted September 5, 2005

I think canterbury is a good school academicly. Other than that they don't have any sports progams or music classes. Also if the parents try to get involved the principal won't allow it. The kids there have no freedom. If your looking for a school that has more variety canterbury isn't that school. Other wise it is a good school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 18, 2004

Great K-8 year-round private school that features one class per grade with no more than 20 students per class. Excels in math and reading. Almost without exception, all graduating 8-graders make it into the high school of their choice, and are able to take honors courses in math and english as high-school freshmen. The school operates from September through August with 4 breaks (roughly equal to one summer vacation), during which day care is available. School is open from about 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate working parents. The student body is co-ed, and extremely diverse ethnically. The small, personal atmosphere allows each student to work at their own pace when appropriate, use state of the art learning programs (everyone has computer access), and to know everyone else (enhances comraderie and safety). I would highly recommend this school to anyone serious about giving their child the best education possible!
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Posted March 16, 2004

I am completely satified with the education my son is getting. He is working two grades above the local public school. The teacher to student ratio is excellent, allowing for individual attention when necessary. The teachers are dedicated to the students. Discipline is very strict, but with understanding of the student's age. The teachers are always available to talk about the student. Report cards are quarterly, broken up thirds when progress reports are issued. This allows for constant review of progress and the ability to observe problems before they get too big. Truly the best money I could spend on my child's future.
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Posted February 16, 2004

This school says all of their students test at 2 grade levels higher than public schools. It is correct. i cannot believe how far ahead the kids are. They work with the kids at each childs own speed. No child is left behind. Disruption from children is not an option. This is a very strict campus and learning is made to be fun. That is why they learn so quickly. Excellant school if you can get on the waiting list.
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Ethnicity This school
Asian 49%
Black 18%
White 17%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 10%
Hispanic 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Richmond, CA 94806
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