Completely disagree with the negative reviews for this school. I spent most of my years at Canterbury and it was a very rewarding experience. Thanks to this school, I was able to get into my first choice college. Academics are strong, but there is a slight lean toward higher level English classes. Student life is very rewarding with an inclusive and diverse group of classmates. I had a very good balance of sports, clubs, and academics at this school through middle school and high school. Most students who walk away from this school with a negative experience simply did not apply themselves in the challenging classes and/or get involved on campus in the right ways.
Canterbury was once a decent school, however recently they have had a very tough time keeping students in their program. As a result, the school has resorted to teachers having to teach multiple classes and multiple grades and tuition keeps rising. I would not recommend any of my friends to this school simply because you get a mediocre education with minimal surroundings which is why most student leave this school to go to better places such as Bishop Dunne.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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!
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!