The School Day
Hours: Students in grades K-8 arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. each day and are dismissed at 3:15 p.m. We offer early morning drop-off beginning at 7:30 a.m. and an Extended Day program (for which there is an additional charge) until 6 p.m. Many students choose to take advantage of after-school athletic opportunities, clubs, and arts classes, all of which are scheduled following the end of the academic day.
Full-day Cubs and PreK are 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Half-day Cubs & PreK are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Early morning drop-off is available beginning at 7:45 a.m. Extended day care is available through 6 p.m. for Cubs and PreK students.
Dress Code: Canterbury’s dress code was created to give students a valuable feeling of equality. There is no uniform, but children are required to dress in clothes that are similar, thus avoiding competition among students to wear the “latest” in clothing. Cubs, PreK and K students are not required to wear dress code, but should wear comfortable shoes. There are several “chapel dress” days during the year where girls should wear dresses and boys coats and ties. There are also a number of “casual dress” days, which are very popular with students. See the complete dress code here.
Honor Code: Canterbury strives to develop self-discipline and self-confidence in every student. School-wide rules, guided by the school’s Behavior Expectation Policy, are simple. Middle school students adhere to an honor code that focuses on personal and academic integrity.
Chapel: Students in K-8 attend chapel every Monday and Friday morning at 8:10am. Kindergarten – 4th grades also meet for a lower school chapel on alternating Wednesdays. Parents and guests are always welcome at chapel services. Cubs and PreK students have their own special chapel service once a week.
Lunch: Children should bring nut-free snacks and lunches every day. To reduce waste, we encourage families to pack garbage-less lunches using re-useable containers. The Canterbury Parents’ Association organizes optional lunches about three days a week from outside vendors; these can be ordered and paid for online.
Athletics & Clubs: Students in grades 5-8 can choose from fall, winter, and spring sports teams. On average, 93 percent of middle school students participate in sports.
After School: After-school club opportunities usually include options such as arts, sports, drama, dance, microeconomics, Elementary Battle of the Books reading squad, Chess Club, and Latin Club.
Canterbury is the only independent school in Greensboro with a high and low ropes course, a climbing wall, a pond for water activities, and a nature and fitness trail. Through the Venture Out program, students in grades 1-8 learn cooperation, collaboration, listening, self-awareness, and goal setting.
Transportation: Canterbury does not offer bus service to and from school. We do have a bus and a mini-van that we use for field trips and for transportation to athletic events.