We are delighted that you have chosen to apply to Canterbury School. Throughout the application process, the admission staff will work closely with you to help you decide if Canterbury is the right choice for you.
As a college-preparatory school with high academic standards, Canterbury seeks students of demonstrated abilities with potential for intellectual growth. Our students possess a love of learning and the determination to develop understanding in a variety of disciplines.
Candidates should begin the admission process in the fall prior to the school year they wish to attend. The Admission Committee considers applications from boys and girls entering grades pre-k 3 through grade eleven.
You may apply online at this website or if you prefer, you may download and print a hard copy of the admission application from this website and mail it to our office. Whether you apply online or download the application, there are additional application materials required once the initial application has been submitted. The additional forms can be downloaded, completed and mailed to the Admission Office. You may request an application by mail if you prefer.
We are happy to assist you and answer your questions. Please feel free to contact the Admission Office at (239) 415-8945.
Methods of Evaluation
- Candidates for Pre-K 3 must be toilet trained and must be three years old by August 1.
- Please note: For families wishing to matriculate to Pre-K 4 the following year, we take developmental readiness into consideration. If your child is attending our Pre-K 3 program, all developmental readiness observations and assessments required for Pre-K 4 placement will be completed before February during school hours while your child is in attendance.
- Candidates for Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten are individually administered the Gesell Developmental Observation (GDO). The GDO measures a child's overall school readiness through the observation of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual behaviors and development. A half day class visit to further assess the child's cognitive and social skills will be scheduled following the GDO.
- Candidates for Grades 1-2 are evaluated to measure the child's ability and achievement in reading comprehension and mathematics as well as school readiness and social interaction. This evaluation will be administered during a scheduled class visit.
- Candidates for Grades 3-11 are evaluated using the ERB, CTP 4 Test or the SSAT. Areas of focus include reading comprehension and mathematics, as well as completing a written essay during the evaluation. A class visit on campus will be scheduled following the testing.
- Once a candidate has been evaluated, his/her file is forwarded to the Admission Committee. Using the student's past academic achievement, teacher recommendations, performance on the admission test, teacher observations during the class visit, and an interview with the division head and director of admission, the committee makes a decision. Depending on the decision, one of three actions is taken: 1.The offer to admit is made; 2. Acceptance, with placement in a wait pool, or 3. Denial of admission.
Children must be three years old by August 1.
Children must be four years old before September 1.
Children must be five years old before September 1.
Children must be six years old before September 1.