New Families

Welcome to Canterbury School! 
Parents, once you sign your enrollment contract and submit your tuition deposit, you are officially part of the Canterbury family. This is an exciting time to be a Canterbury Cougar! Over the summer, you will receive a welcome email from your child’s Division Head to help prepare your family for the start of the school year. In the meantime, below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Please note that information is currently being updated for the 2024-2025 academic year.

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    Everything you need as a parent can be found in one convenient location. Please use your login and password to access Cougar Campus, where you will have access to the school calendar, directories, news, school resources, and specific information about your student’s grades, assignments, progress reports, and other important information.  A link to Cougar Campus can also be found on the upper righthand corner of Canterbury’s Website Home Page.

    Create a Cougar Campus App 
    You can easily add a shortcut to Cougar Campus on your Android or Apple mobile device. These instructions can also be found in Cougar Campus under Resources, click on the Cougar Campus Resources tab.

    Course selection meetings will take place with each Division Head or Administrative Assistant during the months of May through August.
    Lower School students new to Canterbury, along with all current students, will receive their teacher assignments in August. Students will have an opportunity to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers during an orientation day in August prior to the start of school. (See calendar for the latest information)
    Middle and Upper School students new to Canterbury will attend a division-specific orientation day prior to the first day of school. (See calendar for the latest information)

    In our Lower School (Pre-K3-Fourth), we furnish books, materials, and most supplies. Additionally, students in grades Pre-K3 through second do not need a backpack or book bag. A bag will be given to each student at the beginning of the school year. Students in the third and fourth grades bring their own backpacks or book bags. More detailed information can be found in our Lower School Handbook located on the Lower School Resources page

    Middle School (Grades 5-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12) students will be required to purchase their textbooks. Information will be shared on the Middle School Resources and Upper School Resources pages in late May. A general supply list for Middle School students can be found on the Middle School Resources page. Middle and Upper School teachers will inform students of supply requirements for individual courses during the first week of school.

    Canterbury School’s Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program allows students in grades 5-12 to bring and use their own personal electronic devices at school.

    In Lower School, school-owned devices are provided to create a more controlled digital environment for this age group. This eliminates homework on devices in the Lower School and allows families to make decisions about screen time while at home.  

    Summer assignments are a wonderful way to keep students engaged over the long summer break. These assignments are age-appropriate and are meant to enhance their courses in the first semester of the school year. Please visit our Lower School Resources, Middle School Resources, and Upper School Resources pages to view the various assignments and required summer reading.

    Pre-K3, Pre-K4, & Kindergarten: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday (2:45 for students with older siblings), 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Mondays (2:45 for students with older siblings)

    Grades 1 – 4:  8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. on Mondays

    Grades 5 – 8:  8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Mondays
    Extended Day is available until 5:30 p.m. for students in Pre-K3 – Grade 8. Enrichment classes and after-school clubs will also be offered. Days and times vary. Enrichment options and after-school clubs will be announced after the start of school.  
    Grades 9 – 12: 8:00 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. on Mondays

    Canterbury School partners with SAGE Dining Services to provide daily meals to our school community. Click here to view more information. Canterbury is a peanut-aware school. No peanut products are used in the Hanno Dining Hall.

    Information about our dress code can be found in the student handbooks for each division. Please visit our Lower School Resources, Middle School Resources, and Upper School Resources pages to view the handbooks located under Important Documents.

    Athletic Participation Forms must be completed and returned to the Athletic Department prior to your child’s participation in a competitive Middle or Upper School sport. Direct questions regarding required forms to Athletic Director, Mr. Frank Turco,

    Lower School (LS) Pre-K3 – Grade 4
    Direct Line: 239-333-3280
    Mrs. Nikki Ernst, Head of Lower School
    Mrs. Tonia Fisher, LS Administrative Assistant

    Middle School (MS) Grades 5 – 8
    Direct Line:  239-333-3282
    Mrs. Sharon Laconi, Head of Middle School
    Mrs. Shannon Orlandini, MS Administrative Assistant

    Upper School (US) Grades 9 – 12
    Direct Line:  239-481-4313
    Ms. Erin Smith, Head of Upper School
    Mrs. Amanda Cross, US Administrative Assistant
    Mrs. Mary Gaskins, US Front Office Administrative Assistant

    Finance Office
    239-481-4323 ext. 128
    Mrs. Susan Chicone, Assistant Head for Finance & HR

    School Clinic
    Mrs. Jessica Benson, Director of Health & Safety, School Nurse

    Extended Day & Enrichment Programs
    239-481-3223, ext. 208  (7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
    239-671-3727  (2:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
    Mrs. Rita Salgado, Director of Summer Programs & Enrichment

    Athletics Department
    239-481-4323, ext. 411
    Mr. Frank Turco, Athletic Director
    Mrs. Amanda Jones, Athletics Administrative Assistant

    For billing and payment information, please contact Mrs. Denise Cramer, Executive Assistant to Finance, (239) 481-4323, ext. 150, or