Founded in 1915 and still guided by lay Roman Catholics, Canterbury is a college preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. The School prides itself on creating a community based on its five values – honesty, respect, compassion, spirituality, self-reliance – where students and faculty forge lasting bonds and every student experiences a broad and challenging program in a small school setting. The School’s educational environment fosters academic rigor, athletic development, artistic enrichment, and spiritual growth and strives to ensure a superior experience that prepares students for leading colleges and universities and for life.
With its rigorous and humane approach to students, both in and out of the classroom, Canterbury’s program inculcates vital intellectual and ethical habits of mind. The School sees all students as individuals, encourages them as necessary, challenges them as appropriate, and inspires them to become moral leaders in a complex, secular world.
The energy and friendliness of the Canterbury community make a lasting impression on visitors to campus. This is a school where people are embraced as individuals. We enroll students from a wide range of backgrounds who enrich school life with their varied interests and talents. The home-like atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and warmth of students and faculty help new students feel welcome here.
Our 150-acre campus above the town of New Milford, with views of the Litchfield Hills, is an inspiring setting. Walking to class each morning on the path to the Old Schoolhouse, you will be tempted to stop and take in the beauty. Our outstanding facilities for academics, athletics, and the arts, as well as our location, define the campus. But boarding school life offers something even more special. Living and learning with your peers and teachers in a community is an education in itself. In the dormitories, on the playing fields, and in the dining hall you will meet people from all over the United States and countries around the world. Days at Canterbury are full, but there is time for a game of pick-up lacrosse or a pizza party back at the dorm. On the weekends, you can join friends at a dance on campus, attend movies, shop at the mall, or head off to Boston or New York on school-sponsored trips to museums or the theater.
The best way to experience our vibrant community is in person. We encourage you to schedule a campus tour and personal interview or a day of classes, where one of our Admission ambassadors will give you a tour, show you some classes in action, and make sure you meet other students and teachers. You will see a dorm room, eat a meal in Steele Dining Hall, and experience firsthand the excitement of living and learning at Canterbury. Either way, we are ready to welcome you and introduce you to our beautiful hilltop campus.
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