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Canterbury Elementary School5
Posted September 12, 2011
- a parent
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!