Early Learning / PreK
Canterbury School has specialized in educating young children since its founding in 1993. Our Early Learning Program for preschoolers is where children develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Canterbury’s commitment to educating the whole child – mind, body and spirit – begins here.
The Canterbury Early Learning Program wonderfully compliments the Canterbury K-8 program. Students learn skills through long-term projects based on the children’s interests and learning styles. Teachers are able to address each child’s strengths and learning needs.
The curriculum helps develop all areas – social, cognitive, linguistic, physical, spiritual, and creative – that are vital to the growth of a young child. We prepare children for kindergarten by concentrating on readiness skills such as enthusiasm for learning, oral-language, listening, independence, socialization, fine motor, and letter and number recognition. Canterbury’s curriculum exceeds the Early Learning Standards adopted by the state of North Carolina.
- The Early Learning Program is five days a week.
- Once a week, children attend music, science, and Spanish class; visit the library; and have a special Early Learning chapel with the school Chaplain.
- There are two teachers in each class of approximately 16-18 students per class.
- Children are placed into a classroom based on the age range of the applicant pool. Typically, older three-year-olds and younger four-year-olds are placed together, and older four-year-olds and five-year olds are placed together.
- We anticipate that each class will have children who move on to kindergarten and children who will benefit from another year in the Early Learning Program. The Reggio Emilio approach is to constantly adapt to the learning styles and interests of the students, so every year presents a new curriculum.
- Students in the Early Learning Program who wish to move to the kindergarten program the following year will go through the same screening process as other kindergarten applicants.
- There are spaces available for new students to join Canterbury at the kindergarten level.
- 7:45am Early Morning Drop Off (no charge)
- 8am-1pm Early Learning half day
- 1-3:15pm Early Learning full-day option (see below)
- 3:15-6pm Extended Day (see below)
Early Learning Half Day (8am-1pm)
Canterbury’s Early Learning Program, which emphasizes the arts, outdoor learning, and collaboration, complements Canterbury’s K-8th grade curriculum. Children eat lunch in their classrooms.
Early Learning Full Day (8am-3:15pm)
Children who will be at Canterbury for a full day will have afternoon rest time, snack time, and enrichment activities every day. Enrichment activities will vary by semester. Parents who choose the half-day Early Learning Program can send a child to the afternoon session on a drop-in basis.
Early Learning Extended Day (8am-6pm)
Extended day for Early Learning Program students will be held in one of the Early Learning classrooms. This portion of the day is mainly for outdoor play and activities. Parents pick up their children directly from the classroom.
- Children enrolled in our Early Learning program typically turn four by mid fall.
- To be considered for enrollment, children must be able to use the restroom independently by the start of school.
- Applications for the Early Learning Program include a teacher questionnaire that will be mailed to you after the admission application has been received.
- Preference will be given to Canterbury siblings, children of current staff, and children of alumni, though there will be space available for additional interested families.
- Applicants will be invited to campus for a play date in February so that we have the opportunity to meet and interact with your child.
- Applications will be reviewed and admission offered, provided space is available, in February
- PreK Application Form or Apply Online