Canterbury School has specialized in educating young children since its founding in 1993. Our PreK 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.
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 early literacy and math skills. Canterbury’s curriculum exceeds the Early Learning Standards adopted by the state of North Carolina.
- The PreK program is five days a week.
- Once a week, children attend music, visit the library, and have a special PreK chapel with the school Chaplain; they attend Spanish class twice a week.
- There are two teachers in each class with approximately 16 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 PreK program. Our approach is to constantly adapt to the learning styles and interests of the students, so every year presents new learning experiences.
- Students in the PreK program who wish to move to the kindergarten program do not go through a formal assessment, as their readiness for kindergarten is assessed throughout the year. Students applying for kindergarten from other PreK programs will be invited to campus for a kindergarten readiness screening.
- 7:45 a.m. PreK drop off (optional, no charge)
- 8-1 p.m. PreK half day
- 8-3 p.m. PreK full-day option (see below)
- 3-6 p.m. Extended Day (see below)
PreK Half Day (8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday - Friday)
Canterbury’s PreK program emphasizes the arts, outdoor learning, kindergarten readiness skills and and collaboration. Children eat lunch in their classrooms.
PreK Full Day (8-3 p.m.)
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 can choose the full-day option for three or five days per week, depending on their family's needs. Parents who choose the half-day PreK program can send a child to the afternoon session on a drop-in basis.
PreK Extended Day (3-6 p.m.)
The Extended Day program for Canterbury's youngest learners combines kindergarten and PreK students. This portion of the day gives students plenty of time for outdoor play and activities.
- Children enrolled in our PreK program typically turn four by early fall.
- To be considered for enrollment, children must be able to play cooperatively with other children and use the restroom independently by the start of school.
- Applications for the PreK 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, beginning in February
- PreK Application Form or Apply Online