This school is an excellent college preparatory school. My daughter has learned so much while at Canterbury and is learning 2 grade levels above her local public school friends. Lyn Baker, the head of school is amazing and loves the school and children. The teachers in the primary school are exemplary and truly care about the children and their welfare. We absolutely love Canterbury and would highly recommend it.
I left this school in the middle of my high school career. The new headmistress, Lyn Baker, is a witch and is barely involved with the students at all. She often likes to make a scene in front of the student body and has fired some of the best faculty members this school has ever seen. The atmosphere there is a stressful and bitter one. There is no more room left for arts, it has been taken over by the sports which are trying to grow bigger despite the lack of resources the school has. There is no choir, no theatre, and for years the art teachers were not given enough money for their supplies so they were forced to water it down to have enough. This school has become a sad excuse for a college prep school.
this is a horrrible school, a lemonade stand has more professionalism! the administration has zero structure. the tuition costs an arm and a leg, and even after that they try to slyly put in random fees (most times $250 or more) then even after that they are asking for us to donate like crazy! and if you don't donate that much they will treat your child unfairly. you cannot pick most of your classes. their are pretty much only 3 electives. the athletics consist of badly planned middle school sports and mediocre high school athletics. the teachers overall are not good. some of them plain out tell bullying is not addressed at all. ahild can be told on for innapropraite pics of them and nothing will be done about it. many students feel that the school is rasict is certain areas. please do not ruin your child's future.
This is a great school, my daughter has been there two years and is headed into high school when school starts again. Both she and I are looking forward to graduation in a few years.
This school would be fine for a K-possibly 5th grader, but beyond that I would not recommend it. The tuition is very high in relation to the opportunities available, especially once the student is in high school. AP and Performing Arts are lacking. The school is not on sound financial footing so do your research and ask questions before you commit.
My child has been in Canterbury for 3 years now and we were looking forward to graduation. This school is not for the median class who are looking for a better opportunity for our young people. They go up in tuition every year but do not offer better quality learning skills. The principal shows favoritism in between students as well. If a parent is not able to make a certain amount of donations, he will pick on that student as much as he can. If a student is struggling with a subject, there is no comprehension or interest to help that student succeed. Yes, Canterbury used to be a great institution, specially in the south area, but now it is not that great. I believe the principal really has a problem with the median and poor class, and unfortunately because of people like that is why this country is so bad.
As with all schools, do your research before making an informed choice about your child's school. Canterbury is looking for a particular TYPE of student. Beware that if your child does not meet the mold, Canterbury may not be able to meet their needs. All children are unique in their own way. These special characterisitics should be nurtured. Nurturing may not be Canterbury's strong suit. I was told by administration that Canterbury is the 'best' school in southwest Dallas County. This was a red flag for us in that in speaking with Canterbury officials our concern was with Canterbury and not other schools. Rather than putting down other schools, Canterbury should speak of what they have to offer. Not all schools are for everyone, but most have something to offer. Canterbury was not for us.
Canterbury IS a good school, but not for those who are new. both my sons have been in Canterbury for three years now, the older one is now in 9th grade and the younger is in 3rd grade. My older son had been struggling from the start, and as the years have progressed my older one has still made no difference at all. As for my little one, he has always been a perfect student, Now I do believe that Canterbury is an exceptional school, just not for new students. My older one had been a straight A student since he was in Pre-K, but the education here at Canterbury is just a bit to harsh on new children. Please don't send new coming to this school, but do send your younger children here!
Canterbury is not for the lite hearted when it comes to education. They truly want to prepare you for college in the sense that from middle school on, the student is expected to make it happen on their own! No babysitting here! So, parents, be prepared to connect with teachers so that you know what is expected because your student that is new to Canterbury may not. Sports are excellent due to the best coaches! Your child will be encouraged in sports. One more thing, don't be misled by the Episcopal name. They are not a Christian school. Faith based at best. If you want a rigorous academic program (lots of homework) and great sports, look in to Canterbury. If you want a Christian education, look elsewhere.
I have 2 children attending Canterbury for the past 8 years. My entire family is extremely pleased or we would not keep returning! I have found the teachers more than happy to schedule conferences and discuss the student's work & performance w/ the parent. A parent can request conferences at any time. I like that my children know I have close contact w/ their teachers! That is priceless.
We love this school. The K-2 teachers and curriculum are awesome. The atmosphere is very loving and nurturing. They have high standards for behavior and academic achievement. The class sizes are small allowing for a lot of individual attention. The first grade reading curriculum took my child from reading Level 1 books to Magic Tree House chapter books in five months. The first grade math curriculum is out of this world. It is game-based and introduces advanced concepts in a fun way. The kids are doing geometry already and talking about scalene triangles and parallelograms. Many of them are already doing multiplication. They aren't afraid of it because it's fun. Spanish and music are taught twice a week beginning in kindergarten. There is homework every night to reinforce what's being taught in class.
The Canterbury Episcopal School is a very high quality college prep education. The standards are high, the teacher/student ratio is great, and the nurturing yet rigorous curriculum is challenging but not overwhelmingly so. The staff is attentive and caring while pushing the students to excel in all they do. With 100% of graduates going on to college, their record speaks for itself. The school has wonderful opportunities for extra-curricular activities; art, band, theater, and athletics, stock market teams, and various academic clubs/competitive teams are available to students who so choose. The athletics program is growing by leaps and bounds and includes this year's state champion TAPPS 1-A girl's Varsity Volleyball team. Basketball, baseball, softball, swimming, soccer, and track are all offered as well at the middle and upper-school levels. All in all, the school offers a well-rounded, challenging college prep education in the southern sector of the Dallas area.
We love this school. It gives a first class academic instruction in a personal environment with a real feel of community. Children are encouraged and nurtured and parents are closely involved. It is a young school (has only graduated 1 class, very successfully) with lots of potential. They are very open to any ideas that may make them improve. We evaluated all the schools in the greater Dallas area before enrolling our child and are extremely happy with our choice. I have not heard a negative opinion of the school. The people I know whose children left (only two couples of at least 13 I know well and who send children to the school) did it because they could not keep up with the academic curriculum. It is a college preparatory school. From the beginning. Its main downside is that being so small is does not have a big athletics program.
This school needs a little more competition. As a parent I suggest a little more overall performance from the teachers, staff, and principal.
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