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3210 Smith Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

(260) 436-0746
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5 stars
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January 06, 2014
Canterbury has a unique education. Everyone learns a language...even the two year olds(they learn French). Starting at third grade they can play an instrument. There is also finacial aid to those who need it. Highly recommend . I'm in 6th grade, played volleyball,basketball, gotten all A's and 1 b+, and are going to play soccer and participate in the middle school musical. Definitely not like any other school. I have 14 including me in my class.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2013
After sending my kids through their first year at Canterbury High School, I realized that was one of the biggest mistakes I've made. There is no reason to pay almost $15,000 when hardly any of the new incoming Freshmen students do. The school gives out many "academic" scholarships but really their just allowing good soccer and girls basketball players with often poor grades into the school for a fraction of the price. As a parent, Canterbury has done nothing but frustrate me, and it seems pointless to spend all of this money for a good education when I have some of the best public schools in the state nearby in Homestead and Carroll with great academic programs comparable to Canterbury.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Teachers really want students to know information, make themselves available as well as resources available. Teachers/administrators "raise the bar" for academic & behavior expectations. Help is available for those who need it but the entire class is not held back if one student is having issues. If extra help is warranted it is provided. Truly a unique school.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
What a wonderful school.. and they do offer financial aid...It is a great college prep school and if your child is ready to work hard and get a great education, send them to Canterbury. I am so glad I did.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
Wealthy parents are rude, recruiting of athletes not paying their $14,000 in annual tuition is out of control, major drug usage in student body that parents (and school recruiters) actively deny to help sell the school, kids have no idea of real world and administration aggressively slams other area schools while using any method of sales to persuade your child to enroll. Overall, you could not pay me to send my child to Canterbury. Homestead High School can provide the same education while saving you $14,000 per year.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
Canterbury High School has been a wonderful experience for my son who will be sophomore this year. Where else can he play three sports and play an instrument in the jazz band? The curriculum is challenging, but the teachers are always willing to help students who need it. The class sizes are small. They offer summer classes for the incoming freshmen and sophomores. Overall making this investment in your child's education is totally worth it.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
I highly disagree with comments that Canterbury is non-diverse and has cramped classrooms. My peers from other public schools have told me their classes have 25 to 30 people in them. I was shocked. My largest class has 18 and the average size of my classes is 16 students. For high school, that is a great student to teacher ratio. As for the non-diverse statement, while the majority of students are caucasian, I have so many friends of other ethnicities. It really give my learning a deeper feel. Teachers are great. The actually CARE about the students. I feel comfortable coming in after school for help with my papers. Some teachers even give out their cell-phone numbers for students to call and arrange meetings. The students are my favorite part of Canterbury. As one of my friends that transferred here stated aptly "people are actually nice here!" I haven't ever felt threatened at Canterbury and bullying is absolutely not tolerated. I feel as if Canterbury is the best school for me to thrive in.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2010
This school prepares the student for college. It is excellent in teaching time managgement. It is excellent in teaching individual responsibility. The prep for college writing is beyond anyone else. Athletics includes an "all inclusive" approach - so if you want to try soccer or baseball you will have the opportunity to be on a team and play. My daughter was a National Merit Finalist as well as attending an Ivy college. It is a great education with people you want your kids to think of as their peers. You will not like the cost but you will love the results from this education.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
i've just begun going to Canterbury H.S. and i can honestly say that it challenges you. The standards the teachers set for you are tremendous. Even though its hard so far, i know it it going to pay off because the teachers stick with you every bit of the way to help you become better. With every class i have trouble, a teacher is willing to give up their spare time to make sure i understand. I like overall, and its a nice environment where you don't have to worry about constant fighting or any bullying, everyone just chill. I like it alot.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
We moved our child from public schools to Canterbury and hands down it was the best decision ever. Bullying is simply not tolerated and that is not an exaggeration. If anything it is an understatement. The environment is amazing and the teachers truly rally behind each student. They encourage parent involvement and we can even call the teachers at home if we have questions about homework. We can e-mail them and communicate with them in order to help our child be more successful. It is worth absolutely every penny. The children are not snotty. They are actually some of the nicest, most respectful kids I've encountered. If you want to give your kid an opportunity to excel in an environment filled with support then send them to Canterbury.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
Canterbury is the best school in Fort Wayne, they have the right people with experience, they just know what they are doing to teach the children. If we ever go back to Fort Wayne my kids will go back to Canterbury!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2008
It's a great school. We learn a lot and have tons of fun activities like plays and field day to make the school year even more fun!

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2008
Canterbury is an excellent school. There is a very good student to teacher ratio, and teachers connect with students very closely. We have excellent arts programs and extracurriculars and it is easy to get involved in whatever subjects you are interested, in or out of school hours. There are no cuts on all sports teams - a major plus. Our soccer and tennis teams are known for excelling, and basketball is coming along with them also... I love this school. The stereotype of our students is a rich snotty smart kid, but it's really not like that. And if you get behind, students and teachers really want to help you get ahead. It's a great school. Worth the switch from public school.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2008
I go to Canterbury and I actually like it. They always seem to try to give us something to be excited about. My parents made a huge sacrifice for me so I could come here and I really really like it. Like every school, there is always drama attached. But I know that I will always be thankful for being here. if you want your child to be taken care of, the best option in my opinion is Canterbury. I think that the best time to send your child to this school is probably in middle school so they can get used to the atmosphere. I have met alot of people that I will never forget here.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
I went to Canterbury since Kindergarten and I loved it as much as I could have loved any school. A big part of that is the faculty. They are always very approachable and I felt like they genuinely cared about me. I still talk to almost all of my past teachers. However if you're looking to shelter your teens, I'll just say, Canterbury is a smaller version of public schools in that sense because there are parties available but you can easily find friends who are clean cut. Also, like many people already said, Canterbury is very elitest and while we are taught how to get into college we aren't taught common knowledge (guess we're above it). If you're thinking about Canterbury, take a tour, I think pretty much what you see is what you get.

- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2007
Canterbury is an amazing school. I am so glad we found the school. The academic program is outstanding. The teachers are wonderful & very helpful. My daughter has blossoomed since transferring to Canterbury.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
My daughter started in the Early Childhood program last fall and has had an amazingly successful year. She loves her teaches and all the staff, as well as her classmates. She'll be back in the fall for another wonderful year. We've found the school very inviting. I disagree with the comments that the school is bias towards the wealthy. Unable to contribute significantly financially to the schools endeavors, I have found myself more than welcome to several volunteer opportunities where I can give my time to the school and it's been great getting to know all the kids and parents. We look forward to a continued relationship with the school throughout our daughters educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
We have two children attending Canterbury. After attending two others--this one is a keeper! The teachers are wonderful. They really care about each child's individual academic performance as well as their social and character development. My children are complete opposites in their learning styles. The teachers account for all of this when working with each child. Also, math and reading are geared to each child's level. My fourth grader who loves math is doing sixth grade math. My second grader who is not fond of math, is doing second grade math. Drama, fine arts, cultural studies and French are part of the curriculum from day one which you will not find anywhere else. This school is extremely family/parent friendly. Tuition is on the low side if you compare to other college prep schools and worth every dime. $800,000 in financial scholarships were given. Make your own decision- visit the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
Canterbury's academic programs are second to none in the area, but primarily due to the dedication of the teachers, not the administration (particularly the headmaster). Canterbury's class sizes are small (18) until high school, but the high school classes suffer from classes of 22 in cramped classrooms, which is too many for a school that charges $12,000 a year for tuition (plus composite fees, plus technology fees, plus bus fees, plus food service fees, etc.) Canterbury's no-cut athletic policy and athletic teams are great, although too much emphasis is placed on soccer. Canterbury could continue to grow, but has inexplicably embarked on a $9 million remodeling project that will add very little classroom space. Discipline and dress code are not well enforced, either. Don't be fooled by the schools 'Christian values' - this is a secular school with many materialistic students. Overall, a challenging school, but not a particularly great value.

- submitted by a staff
March 24, 2007
The school culture is quite open and the students bright, participative and independent thinking. This is not a school for everyone, but it is a high-performing, rigorous place to study. It is not perfect, but it is quite good and thrives because of its results. Students who are bright but not doing well in more restrictive (all move along together: don't work ahead) systems often do well here because Canterbury features acceleration as well as enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2007
Canterbury is a fine college preparatory school that offers both enrichment and what is more unusual, acceleration for those who wish to move farther, faster. The student body is diverse; our experience has been that the students are inclusive and accepting. The main point is that it is a rigorous academic opportunity not available anywhere else in the region. Yes, there are bound to be contrasts when so many National Merit Scholars and admissions to Harvard, Princeton, Duke and Stanford result from a small group, but that too is part of life. Adjusting is the task of the student and family.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2006
I have been attending Canterbury since first grade and yes, the school is incredibly small but the teachers at Canterbury really care about the students here and are very good at preparing them for college. Canterbury even has teachers preparing the freshman for the SAT! If you want your children to have more success than they will get at a public school, have them attend Canterbury High School. They really will appreciate it.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 02, 2006
Okay, Canterbury is a fabulous school for academics. I graduated from CHS, and I can honestly say that I never had a college class as difficult as my high school English/Lit classes. I learned how to write, analyze literature, strengthen my vocabulary & excellent study skills. I value the education I had at CHS. College was a breeze! Socially, CHS was horrible. My high school years were tainted with a false sense of reality. CHS is definitely an elitist school, and with that, we were shielded from what the 'real world' is. I always felt like I had to keep up with my peers. I was the 'poor little rich girl', and I never felt like I fit in with most of the students, many of who were very judgmental.

- submitted by a former student
September 30, 2005
Before coming to teach fulltime at Canterbury, I was a substitute teacher in several public school systems in our area, as well as here at Canterbury. I was so impressed by the sincere commitment and dedication of every single teacher at Canterbury. Several have left public schools (and higher paychecks) to join Canterbury's faculty because they see the difference in their peers and in the students here. Professional development is highly encouraged by the administration, and teachers continuously take advantage of workshops and seminars, in order to be the best they can be. Parental involvement is fostered and utilized, and this contributes to the family atmosphere that is so apparent at this school. Character development and community service are priorities and are part of the curriculum for all divisions. Academic expectations are high and 100% of our graduates attend college. Canterbury is the best!

- submitted by a teacher
July 03, 2005
Canterbury has everything that a college prep school should have. It is a shame that the one thing that is missing is one of the most important lessons that a child should learn. From an early age these children are sheltered from the real world. Most kids are exactly the same, and there is no such 'diverse' community, it is all a facade. There is an evident bias toward the wealthier families. Canterbury really needs to work on the economic as well as racial diversity. Canterbury constantly puts itself so much higher than others. I wish my parents would have continued with public schooling.

- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2005
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January 31, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 06, 2005
I completely agree with the September 2004 review. The only negative aspect of the school is the administration. The good news is the 'horrible' (and I'll add, no-people-skills) high school director will be retiring in June 2004. In an effort to allow the administration to get to know the students better, they must each teach a class. The high school director teaches a senior level class. It would make more sense to have her teach a freshman level course to get to know the students as they enter the high school rather than leave it. The academics at the high school are second to none, but the disciplinary atmosphere is abhorrent. It supports a tattle-tale environment that thrives on rumors rather than facts. Parent involvement is very high and extracurricular activities are good for a smaller school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
The high school allowed my child to really express himself, and grow. The only problem that arose was the administration; particularly the high school director. She is horrible at student-faculty relations; creating an atmosphere where, I feel, no student would ever want to go to. She is biased towards the more 'wealthy' students, and sometimes wrongly accuse other students. When they try to speak their case, it falls on her deaf ears. That is very unfortunate since Canterbury has an excellent faculty. They really help the students learn, and encourage them to participate. Overall, it's a great atmosphere, with great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2004
Hey, I go to Canterbury now (go Cavs) and I'd just like to say that it's a good school because having so few people in your grade forces you to get to know everyone. The teachers also really seem to care and some even become your *gasp* friends *double gasp* these are teachers and people I've met here who I will invite to my wedding when I get married. And like every other Canterbury student (this is the one bad part about Canterbury) I'm off to go do my homework.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 25, 2004
I submitted my 2nd grade graduate son for Canterbury's 3rd grade. 3rd grade was full. Admissions Lady suggested 2nd grade because: his October birthday made him younger than regular 3rd graders, he had not finished his testing so she could not evaluate him, and she said Canterbury was one year advanced over public schools. Believing that Canterbury was one year advanced, I paid the $10,000 and enrolled him. Then, surprise! I find out they require uniforms, lunches are $15+ a week, and the bus service is $hundred$ and far from my door. I tolerate this until I see his schoolwork and talk to his teachers and public school teachers and find out they are not one year ahead of public schools. I withdraw after 2 months so he will not be held back 1 year, and ask for 1/3 refund. Refused. Believe their contract: No refunds for any reason!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
As parents, we are constantly amazed at the love and discipline that is shown to our child. The school has created an environment for learning!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
My son had the opportunity to attend Canterbury School from the 5th grade thru graduation last year. Although, the tuition is costly (and he had a partial scholarship), the sacrifice was more than worth it. He scored very high on the SAT and even higher on the ACT. He was able to not only get into his choice of a top college but was also able to secure a very nice scholarship. The class sizes are small so each child gets alot of attention. It is certainly academically challenging, and the teachers really care about the students. In our opinion, although it is not perfect, Canterbury School for our family was the best choice. It is a sacrifice, but one that we felt would pay off for our son's future. He just started his second semester of college, and has enough credits to be classifed as a Sophomore. He is also taking a Senior Spanish Class. If you are looking for a good school, Check Canterbury out!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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Canterbury School
3210 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN  46804
(260) 436-0746
Last modified Canterbury School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Canterbury School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top