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The Canterbury Episcopal School

Private | K-12 | 265 students

 

Living in De Soto

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $125,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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2011:
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Posted March 11, 2014

Canterbury is absolutely a great school! Education, Education is key here. CES produces Rhodes, McDermott, Presidential scholars and more. My husband and I are so pleased with the Education and Athletic offerings our children are receiving here. There are no gimmicks here. The teachers are teaching and the staff listens. Love this school. Check it out at www.thecanterburyschool.org. You will love it as well! Academic excellence at its best! Go Cougars!!! Over 20 years of educating children K-12 in DeSoto, TX!! Diverse student population from all of Dallas and Ellis Counties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

Hands down this is the best thing to happen to our child in the last year. He has been though more with the loss of his only parent than any little boy should deal with in his life. The staff at this school has given him a home and his grades reflect their dedication towards supporting us as new parents. Bullying is not tolerated and has been handled with true professionalism at the school. It is a diverse environment that teaches a child how to interact in the real world. All of the other parents have been so warm and accepting of his two Uncles raising him and that shows in how his classmates learn tolerance and good manors. It may not be the biggest school with a huge athletic department but it makes up for that in spirit. Only a very small percentage of students become pro sports stars but if they have a good educational background they will always be successful in life. The school also offers a spiritual accepting atmosphere that does not conflict with your own beliefs but allows for your child to build a good moral compass. This school is worth every penny spent on tuition and gives back a child who smiles and radiates knowledge that grows each day he attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

have a senior here. love it, love it. great school. she is really happy there. would not trade her experience for the world!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

Canterbury has been a great experience for my children. It has provided a high quality education in a very nurturing environment. You will notice the difference in a Canterbury student. They are confident and secure in themselves and well prepared for the challenges beyond high school. The small environment allows them to be active in many activities beyond the classroom, from athletics to debate to art. They would not have the opportunity to be active participants in these programs at a larger school. Bottom line, if you're looking for a quality college preparatory education in a safe, nurturing environment you should definitely consider Canterbury Episcopal School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

What if you knew your kids would be entering a school filled with warmth and happiness? What if you also knew that they were enjoying their day on a beautiful tree lined campus with natural light overflowing into the classrooms? This is what Canterbury Episcopal School means to me. The quality of education is second to none and the teachers continually create a creative and progressive learning environment. And as a parent, I'm so grateful that Canterbury does not struggle with typical school challenges (drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc.) The smaller structure helps kids to be accountable to themselves, to each other and to the faculty. That is peace of mind that money cannot buy! Canterbury students can focus on their studies, their sports, their arts programs and their spiritual growth. Canterbury challenges my kids while focusing on what's important -- and all while having fun! Canterbury creates leaders and I am grateful everyday that my two kids attend such an amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

As an educator myself, I know that no school is perfect - public, private, charter, etc., but for my child, Canterbury has proven the best fit academically, emotionally and spiritually. There are pros and cons to being a small school, but weighing those, we have STILL found Canterbury the very best choice. The students, families and faculty, as a whole, LOVE Canterbury, and it shows. Walk the halls of this beautiful campus and you will FEEL the difference. Sounds corny, but it was absolutely true for us! The middle school, its teachers and its leader are AMAZING ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

CANTERBURY ROCKS!! Another great year for both of my kids, thanks to the teachers and staff! I have a 4th and 11th grader, and we couldn't be happier! My son has been attending since kindergarten, so that tells you what we think of the school. It's great being at a smaller school where you know all the teachers; I can send an email or call and know that I will get a rapid response. My kids are in a very safe, nurturing environment, and I am very grateful for this. The academics offered are top notch, and compare (and honestly, are even better), with other private schools. Both of my kids are getting an awesome education. Looking forward to many more years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

We have two children in Canterbury and have found the education to be excellent, the price to be a great value for college preparatory, teachers to be dedicated and the student body to be extremely diverse! We have experienced a safe and loving christian environment. The graduates, to date, have all attended competitive colleges and have received great honors including a recent Rhode Scholar! We evaluate each year and certainly have found there to be more prestigious, more seasoned and better funded options but the road keeps pointing us back to Canterbury! The school is meeting a great need in a wide geographic area in the metroplex where there are very few private, K-12, college preparatory schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

Not the school they claim to be. Discipline is confused and unhelpful for the student and the teacher in the classroom. Fights are common and last year fires became the main conversation. Support for teachers by staff is nonexistent. Financing for basic non academic courses unheard of. Students are not monitored during after school hours resulting in dangerous situations. Bullying between students to students, teachers to teachers and teachers to students is commonplace and unchecked. This school likens itself to other top private schools in the area but is similar to a mismanaged public school instead. There is little structure and some students last year reported that various teachers did not teach their subjects but chose to show movies daily without instruction and graded randomly. There is no head of school but instead an "acting head of school" or as he calls himself "education provost". There is one handy man to handle every duty around the school and is subsequently overwhelmed with work and paid little. Academics and sports dominate while all other subjects are ignored and unsupported. More students leave than enroll due to these and other issues.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 7, 2013

This school is great. They teach a grade level above! My child is in the lower school currently and all the teachers in the lower school are awesome. In this economy you have to make cuts. All schools are feeling the burden even public. I work in education and would never send my child to public school. At Canterbury your child will learn and be taken care of in a Christian environment. I am glad Canterbury doesn't accept anyone who pays their money like Trinity Christian School. TCS is huge and cheaper but the academics are lacking and sports rule the school. If you want your child to have a solid education send them to Canterbury!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

Parents beware! The school campus looks great. The school presents itself well upon first glance and they talk a great game. Through the years our family has watched the school progressively decline while the price of tuition increases. The school is hurting financially so they continue to cut programs and teachers. You will find a few good teachers at Canterbury, but unfortunately too many of them lack the proper training needed to be an effective teacher. In addition to the high price tag, there are all kind of hidden costs. Do your homework before you sign on the dotted line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2013

This is my son's first year. While the beginning was quite rough due to work load and being new, he has risen to the challenge and is now doing the excellent work I knew he could if only he had the right direction. His schoolwork is hands down better than it was at the beginning of the year. He looks forward to going to school, and the teachers are so very dedicated. As a proud middle class parent, I cannot say that there is any favoritism shown to children from wealthier families. My son has been nurtured and cherished despite the fact that we are unable to write big checks outside of tuition. The children get along fine, but there are still the normal classroom politics associated in schools containing human children all over the world. There seems to be far less bullying than in other schools, and poor behavior is dealt with strictly ( not harshly ). I appreciate this , because it takes some of the social pressure off so the child can concentrate on a rigorous academic program. Bravo Canterbury!!! Keep up the good work!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2012

As a parent of three enrolled in this school I am very satisfied with the education and guidance socially and spiritually my children have received. While the school is a bit smaller than I would like it is improving every year and quantity or course doesn't always produce quality. The student / teacher ratio here is excellent. The teachers, administration, and parents combine perfectly here to provide a terrific school experience. From sports, to strings, to Spanish club there is something for everyone. My children enjoy school and look forward to not only interacting with their friends daily but their teachers. The diversity is great and everyone is similiar in one important way - everyone is college ready.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2011

Canterbury Episcopal is an outstanding school. Our two children have been at Canterbury since kindergarten and we have been extremely pleased with the quality of the education that they are receiving. The teachers are very well educated and truly care about their students. The academics at Canterbury are first rate and will prepare a student for success in any college they choose to attend (100% of Canterbury graduates attend college). The staff is very supportive of the students and provides a safe and supportive atmosphere. If you're looking for a school for your child, I strongly encourage you to take the tour at Canterbury. When you visit the campus, observe how the kids get along with one another. Also, check out how polite and respectful they are to their teachers and one another. I think you'll like what you see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

I have worked at Canterbury for five years and have found it to be a great school. We care about each student and work hard to meet their needs in a challenging curriculum. Small class sizes make individual attention possible and extra assistance is available for every subject. We offer athletic choices and after school activities. My colleagues are well educated and experienced, and our administration is supportive of students, families, and staff. As I type this in the summer, I am very excited about the upcoming academic year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 2, 2011

My daughter just completed her first year at The Canterbury Episcopal School, and we are quite pleased with the staff, academics, and athletics. You won't find a better school, and I encourage you to take a look at The Canterbury Episcopal School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

I love this school. I have spent half of my career in education (8 of 16 years) here. I have worked in both private and public school systems, and by far CES has been the best. We strive to challenge students, all the while making learning fun. Yes, it does cost to attend, as do all private schools, but it is worth it. My child will be attending this fall, and I am thrilled to know that he will be in a safe and nurturing environment. Just like a family, it is not always perfect, but we are striving to be the best we can be for the children. I am proud to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 28, 2011

The Canterbury Episcopal School is located in a beautifully treed area of DeSoto across the street from Thorntree Country Club. One gets a feeling of peace when driving through the campus. The Canterbury staff is truly amazing! The primary school has a very nurturing environment. The teachers there genuinely love and respect each student. The faculty is also extremely knowledgable in their profession. The curriculum is more challenging than what you would find in public school, however, it is appropriate to the level needed in order to adequately challenge the students who come to Canterbury. The parent support is wonderful! Wherever there is a need, parents will step up to help out. There are many fun events that take place throughout the year in the primary school. Students enjoy Book Character Day, Dr. Seuss Day, Dictionary Day, Polar Express Day, Earth Day, Fall Festival, and Texas Trail Ride Day. Compared to most public schools where elementary schools are allowed field trips once a year, field trips are allowed once a quarter. The smaller class sizes and fewer grade levels allows field trips and school events to run more smoothly. I highly recommend Canterbury Episcopal!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2011

Canterbury has been a wonderful experience for my son and for our family. He has truly thrived in this environment. I am puzzled by many of the reviews on this site, and disagree strongly with most of the negative comments. We actually drive 25 minutes every day for this school, & it is worth every mile. I encourage anyone who is looking for a true college prep school, one where your child will have an opportunity to play on State Champ atheletic teams, a faith-based school, to visit for yourself. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

Great school k-12. Co-ed, Culturally, socio-economically, and ethnically diverse. My graduate was so well-prepared for college that she has been tutoring many in her english, biology, and math classes. Athletics to academics, the opportunities are amazing. I cannot say enough about the staff/administration/teachers, they are caring, nurturing, while remaining challenging. From average to genius they can teach them. Beatuful 37 acre campus, great facilities, wonderful teachers and leaders. What more could you ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 53% 13%
White 39% 31%
Hispanic 5% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school DeSoto ISD
Duncanville ISD
Cedar Hill ISD
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 15% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 85% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UT - Arlington
UNT
UT - San Antonio
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Sandy Doerge
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • NAES
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (972) 572-7400

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Exclusively College Preparatory Small Class Size 18:1 Community Service Advanced Placment Classes Qualified, caring faculty and staff Recent graduates enrolled in Austin College, Baylor, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Georgetown U., Indiana, Northwestern, Princeton, Santa Clara, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tufts, UT, UNT, UTD, Wash. U in St. Louis.
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9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
65
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
72
Students typically come from these schools
DeSoto ISD
Duncanville ISD
Cedar Hill ISD

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$9000 - $15000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UT - Arlington
SMU
Texas A&M
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 15%
4 year college - 85%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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1708 N Westmoreland Rd.
De Soto, TX 75115
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Phone: (972) 572-7200

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