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L i v i n g O u r Va l u e s

Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality and Self-Reliance


anterbury offers an education rich with opportunity. As a Canterbury student, you will be stretched by new academic,

athletic, artistic, extracurricular and community service experiences. You will learn to identify, explore and take ownership of your Canterbury journey... a journey that is both deeply personal and wholly connected to this community. Along the way, you will be known individually as you are challenged, supported and guided by faculty and fellow students.

This is a place where people greet each other on the walkways, newcomers receive a warm welcome, and your teachers and peers quickly come to feel like family.

It is not just what you learn, but how you learn that makes the difference in preparing for college, the career you pursue and all that lies ahead.

Our community life is defined by a common purpose: to know ourselves, to share our gifts, and to lead by example.

Arts, athletics, and student leadership are not extras; they are essential to developing self-understanding and knowledge that will serve you for life.

Most of all, you will remember the people and the enduring friendships you build at Canterbury.


Habits of Mind W

hen a small group of engaged students and a passionate teacher meet to discuss literary

themes, mathematical approaches or laboratory results, the learning that takes shape is both authentic and long-lasting. Our classrooms are charged with the energy that emanates from the exchange of ideas, the “a-ha� moments of understanding and the expectation that our students find and articulate their opinions, beliefs and passions. A seriousness of purpose guides our academic pursuits, resulting in work that is rigorous, meaningful and applicable to life beyond the classroom.

More than

150 courses offered

16 Advanced Placement

26 Honors Sections


Study Abroad

Exchange Program in San Cayetano Spain

Our Faculty T

he Canterbury faculty is comprised of inspiring individuals who have specialized in

their academic fields and who are equally passionate about their subject matter as they are about sharing their knowledge in the classroom. They will challenge you to analyze ideas, ask questions, solve problems, and think independently. Outside the classroom, they serve as coaches, dorm parents, and advisors. You will get to know your teachers well in all these roles and will find that their guidance in academic and personal matters is an invaluable piece of the Canterbury experience. Every student at Canterbury meets regularly with a faculty advisor, individually and in groups. Your advisor will help you choose courses, manage your schedule of activities, and adjust to boarding school life. During evening study hours in the library or dormitory, peer tutors and teachers are available to answer questions and give assistance. Teachers are also available during extra-help sessions built into the daily schedule. You will find that this infrastructure helps you achieve even more than you thought possible.

82 Faculty

Members % 71 of Teachers

Hold Advanced


% 57 of teachers

have over15 years of experience.


he world beyond our campus is an extension of the classroom. Environmental Science

students participate in ongoing research on the East Aspetuck River and send their water samples and data to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Students studying Spanish may participate in the Canterbury/San Cayetano Exchange Program, which includes hosting a student for six weeks in the fall and taking classes in Mallorca for six weeks in August-September. Through field trips and our on-campus speaker series, which brings prominent individuals to speak on topics ranging from foreign relations to community service, you will gain an understanding of the global connections that define today’s world.


Become a Leader A

t Canterbury, we are proud of our commitment to a powerful college preparatory program.

We are equally proud of the emphasis we place on ethics and morality. The five values that shape school life — honesty, respect, compassion, spirituality, and self-reliance — are touchstones. We put them into daily action in our treatment of each other on campus and in the work we do out in the world. Students and faculty are committed to taking care of this school, our community and each other. We understand the importance of looking beyond ourselves to the role we play in the lives of others. In a school community that takes such values seriously, students learn by practice and example what it means to assume leadership roles. Canterbury students exercise leadership by serving as sacristans, dorm proctors, peer counselors, day student leaders, captains for athletic teams, lead ambassadors in the Office of Admission, and members of student government.






Leadership Program in Montana Service & Outdoor Education


Compete as a Saint I

n the final moments of competition, you will discover what you can achieve as a member

of a team. Your approach to those critical hours of practice, day by day, will prepare you not only for game day but for the invaluable role of good sportsmanship we all embrace as Saints. Our athletic program fosters camaraderie, self-awareness, teamwork and excellence in competition. We believe that participation in athletics at Canterbury in an integral component of your educational experience. Whether you are interested in pursuing a new sport or hoping to compete at the collegiate level, you will find a home in our athletic program. Our rich history and strong tradition in athletics remain central to our students’ experience today. There is no question: it is great to be a Saint!

Playing Fields Tennis

9 Baseball 8 Courts Diamond

Hockey Rink Softball Football Field 5 Squash Field Courts Aquatic Center

the arts

Think Creatively D

iscovering and pursuing your individual talents and interests in the Performing Arts

can happen in myriad ways at Canterbury. Explore a new instrument or bring your expertise to the jazz ensemble or orchestra. Sing in the Canterbury Chorale as a novice alto or devoted soprano. Take on the role of a character as a member of the cast in a theater production. We offer more than 25 courses in the performing arts, giving you the chance to explore a wide range of artistic experiences. In the popular computer music courses, you will compose and record your original music using synthesizers and sequencing musical software. You may even arrange private instrument or voice lessons. The drama program presents a Shakespeare play in the fall and a musical in the spring, and enlists students as stage managers, lighting technicians, and costume assistants. Every English class reads the Shakespeare play presented in the fall, a unique experience that unites the school and gives students a thorough understanding of the playwright.

Maguire Auditorium 400-seat theater Stephen N. ‘43

& Lacey Hume Music Center

Edward J.

Duffy Family Art Center

Express a Vision I

n the visual arts, Canterbury offers a wide variety of media and advanced courses to

broaden your talents. You may choose from courses that include Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Architectural Drawing, and Digital Photography. Advanced Placement courses in drawing and two- and three-dimensional design allow students to develop a portfolio and prepare for AP evaluation. The AP Studio Art program immerses advanced students in a year-long portfolio project and has been successful in placing graduates in leading art schools, including Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Cornell University.


Architectural Drawing

Digital Photography

Ceramics and Sculpture

college counseling

Look to the Future C

hoosing a college that matches your goals for the future is a significant component

of the educational process. At Canterbury, we guide you through this process each step of the way. Starting in Fifth Form, or junior year, you will meet with your college counselor one-on-one to begin narrowing your list. Weekly meetings with your counselor and a small group of students will keep you on track. When you are a Sixth Former, our experienced college advisors will help you make your final choices, meet application deadlines, and complete your application essays. Because your college counselor and teachers at Canterbury know you well, they are your advocates in the admission process. They will reach out to your parents, too, with sessions on the college search process at Parents’ Weekends. The fall and spring college fairs bring representatives from colleges across the country to meet with students and parents. At Canterbury, you will write the high school chapter — and prepare for the college chapter — of your story.

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community service

Serve Others C

ommunity service is an important part of our culture and mission at Canterbury.

Students routinely make time in their schedules to volunteer for a wide range of organizations and causes. They help stock the shelves at a local food bank, mentor children at a local elementary school, visit with residents in an area nursing home, and ski with their Special Olympics partners at Mohawk Mountain. Our students see serving others simply as part of the Canterbury way.

Service: Service:

France, The Shrine of Lourdes

Nicaragua, Fabretto Children’s



Special Olympics


Live Our Five Values C

anterbury was founded in 1915 by a group of Catholic laymen eager to provide an

extraordinary education for their sons in preparation for admission to Ivy League universities. Today, we remain grounded in, and guided by, our Catholic tradition and Five Values of Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality and Self-Reliance. Students of all backgrounds and faiths find a home here and discover that the Canterbury community welcomes and relies on the perspectives and experiences of all members. During your time here, you will be asked to participate in personal reflection, engage in community service and explore your own spirituality. Whether you aspire to be a Sacristant, to join the Emmaus retreat, to participate in Pizza & Prayer or simply to listen more closely to your individual questions about morals and ethics, Canterbury provides the time and space to do so. Along the way, you will develop greater selfunderstanding.


Retreats Pizza & Prayer

Mission Trips

school life

Forge Lasting Bonds T

he energy and spirit of the Canterbury community make a lasting impression on visitors

to campus. This is a school where challenges are paired with enthusiasm and where you will be known as the individual you are. Our students understand that the most meaningful and effective high school journey is built upon individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and the strong connections with classmates and faculty alike Our home-like atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and warmth of community will ensure that you feel welcome on this hilltop. When students are asked what they like most about Canterbury, they invariably mention the close relationships they have made with both students and faculty. It is easy to get to know people in your classes, on athletic teams, and in the dorms. In addition, extracurricular activities provide an avenue to make friends, learn new skills, and explore new interests; for example, becoming an Admission Ambassador allows you to serve the community. Initiative is valued here. If you want to make something happen on campus, start your own club!

Peer Counseling

Group Student Activities Carillon Literary Magazine Women of Committee The Tabard Canterbury Newspaper

Belong to a Community O ur 150-acre campus above the town of New Milford, with views of the

Litchfield Hills, is an inspiring setting. Walking to class each morning on the path to the Old Schoolhouse, you will be tempted to stop and soak up the scenery.

Our outstanding facilities for academics, athletics, and the arts, as well as our location, define the campus. But boarding school life offers something even more special: living and learning with your peers and teachers in a community is an education in and of itself. In the dormitories, on the playing fields, and in the dining hall, you will meet people from all over the United States and around the world. Days at Canterbury are full, but there is time for a game of pick-up lacrosse or a pizza party back at the dorm. On the weekends, you can join friends at a dance on campus, attend movies, shop at the mall, or head off on school-sponsored trips to museums or the theater, in Boston or New York. We encourage day students to spend as much time on campus as they wish, and as a result, they find it easy to participate in all aspects of school life. Day students may eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the school and may spend an occasional night in the dorm. On the weekends, day students are a strong presence, coming to campus for the array of activities offered. All students form friendships that last beyond their years at Canterbury.


Broadway Shows

Six Flags

Amusement Park

Concerts Sporting Events

from the head of school

Rachel E. Stone I

n the pages of this book, I trust that you have developed a strong sense of our

School’s unique mission. Our purpose is grounded in our Catholic heritage, our Five Values and our commitment to a rigorous and humane academic program that challenges students to stretch themselves in new and meaningful ways. A friendly, welcoming campus and outstanding facilities make Canterbury a place where students and teachers learn with and from each other. In athletics, the arts, and co-curricular and extracurricular activities, we offer many opportunities for leadership and the exploration of new talents and interests. A strong sense of community, where we know and value every individual, defines Canterbury and shapes school life. I encourage you to take the next step by visiting our campus to experience firsthand a vibrant learning environment that fosters the building of character through a clear set of values. We strive to challenge, support, and inspire the diverse students from around the country and the globe who come to Canterbury seeking to know themselves and others better. In turn, they wil be prepared for all that lies ahead. Thank you for your interest in Canterbury. I look forward to meeting you when you visit us!

Rachel E. Stone Head of School Rachel earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and went on to earn her MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Rachel served eleven years as Blair Academy’s Dean of Faculty and two years as Assistant Head of School for Faculty before becoming Assistant Head of School for Academics in 2014. She is married to Canterbury’s Director of Athletics, Jim Stone, and is the mother of Cullen (12) and Kip (10).

Visit Our Campus The best way to experience our vibrant community is in person. We encourage you to schedule a campus visit and personal interview, where one of our Admission Ambassadors will give you a tour, show you some classes in action, and make sure you meet other students and teachers. You will see a dorm room, and experience firsthand the excitement of living and learning at Canterbury.

To arrange a visit, please contact Canterbury’s Office of Admission: 860-210-3832 Fax: 860-350-1120 Email: For a preview of the opportunities awaiting you at Canterbury, visit our website at: Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: Canterbury School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, or athletic and other School-administrated programs. To minimize the impact on the environment, this piece was printed on paper made with 100% postconsumer waste fiber processed chlorine free, manufactured with non-polluting, renewable, windgenerated electricity. The inks contain a high proportion of renewable vegetable-based ingredients.

Directions to Campus From the South Follow the Garden State Parkway North to I-87 and the Tappan Zee Bridge. After the bridge go one mile to I-287 East and follow to I-684. Take I-684 North to Exit 9E, I-84 East. Follow I-84 East to Exit 7 (left exit) to Route 7 North to New Milford. Proceed approximately 4 miles. At traffic light turn right onto Route 7 North and proceed for approximately 8 miles to Route 67 South. At traffic light stay straight on Rt. 7 N. Bear right at the intersection, cross the bridge and turn left on Main St. after the third light. Proceed to the end of the Village Green. Turn left at the stop sign and then immediately right onto Aspetuck Avenue. Proceed to the crest of the hill. Follow the signs to the Office of Admission located in Steele Hall. From New York City and Long Island Take the Hutchinson River Parkway North to I-684 then follow the balance of the directions “From the South.”

From the North Follow I-84 West to Exit 15. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Proceed for approximately 1 ½ miles and turn left onto Route 67 North and continue for about 17 miles into New Milford. At the intersection of Routes 67 and 202, bear left for approximately 2/10 of a mile to the Village Green. At the Green, turn right onto Main St. and proceed north to the end. Turn left at the stop sign and then immediately right onto Aspetuck Avenue. Proceed to the crest of the hill. Follow the signs to the Office of Admission located in Steele Hall.

w w w.c b u r y.o r g / v i e w 101 Aspetuck Avenue New Milford, CT 06776-2825 Ph: 860.210.3800

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