The art of education is to provide our students with the richest and most diverse exposure to subjects, ideas, philosophies, and lives. Because a reasoned search for truth and wisdom is informed by multiple perspectives, our diversity as a community is the common ground upon which we seek to make this school and its opportunities equitable, just, and affirming.
Diversity is an umbrella term that includes race, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family structure, religion, physical abilities, and learning differences. Additionally, diversity may consist of any other characteristic that contributes to one’s individuality.
We propose to make Canterbury School a model of inclusiveness: to understand, support, celebrate, and promote the value of different opinions, traditions, and experiences.
At Canterbury School, we actively seek students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds in the belief that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhances our learning, enriches life on campus, and better prepares us all for full participation in the global community. We are encouraged, challenged, and inspired by the diversity of our community.
We want our students to learn to understand, respect, and value multiple perspectives, to identify and reject stereotypes and prejudices, and to work for equity and justice within our school and our community. Our goal is that the opinions, ideas, practices, and beliefs of each member of the Canterbury community be treated with dignity, respect, and honor.
Canterbury School strives to create an environment of acceptance where each person may bring his or her whole self to school each day, comfortable that each individual will be honored and protected. We hope that our students will leave Canterbury feeling rooted in their unique identities, with a profound appreciation for both diversity and inclusiveness.
Through this philosophy of inclusiveness and diversity, we look to reinforce our Mission Statement that the Canterbury School is dedicated to academic excellence within a caring and supportive community emphasizing character, leadership, and service.