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Canterbury School

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Posted January 6, 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.

Posted November 3, 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

Posted 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

Posted September 5, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted November 3, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted June 9, 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

Posted 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

Posted August 9, 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

Posted June 8, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted May 7, 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

Posted 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.
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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

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1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 74%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 2%
Black 6% 12%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian N/A 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

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English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 1%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

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3210 Smith Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
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