Canterbury School Of Florida

Tel: (727)525-1419
Grades: PK - 12 | 479 students
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Canterbury's Cousteau Center for Marine Studies is a state-of-the-art 2,800 sq. ft. dedicated marine studies facility for all students at Canterbury, PK3 - grade 12. The CCMS learning laboratory contains classroom and laboratory space, touch tanks, a tilapia tank, state-of-the-art technology, a laptop lab, and an interactive SMART Board where students catalog and track biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico, create wildlife guide books for the Gulf and monitor water quality through data loggers. A kayak fleet, 23-foot Sea-Pro bay boat, and three aquarium touch tanks filled with crabs, sea stars, fish, shrimp and tunicates inspire an appreciation of the local marine environment. Marine studies clubs, field trips and community service opportunities are a huge part of Canterbury's culture and students of all ages participate.
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Canterbury's Cousteau Center for Marine Studies is a state-of-the-art 2,800 sq. ft. dedicated marine studies facility for all students at Canterbury, PK3 - grade 12. The CCMS learning laboratory contains classroom and laboratory space, touch tanks, a tilapia tank, state-of-the-art technology, a laptop lab, and an interactive SMART Board where students catalog and track biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico, create wildlife guide books for the Gulf and monitor water quality through data loggers. A kayak fleet, 23-foot Sea-Pro bay boat, and three aquarium touch tanks filled with crabs, sea stars, fish, shrimp and tunicates inspire an appreciation of the local marine environment. Marine studies clubs, field trips and community service opportunities are a huge part of Canterbury's culture and students of all ages participate.
As of the 12-13 school year, students in grades 3, 4 and 6 are provided with iPads for our One-to-One iPad Program. Students use digital textbooks, learning apps, and more as teachers integrate technology into their curriculum. In the 13-14 school year, grades 5 and 7 will be added to this program. Each year, more grades will be added until all are included. The students LOVE learning on their iPads!
Our Knowlton Campus is home to grades 5-12. Students here benefit from 24 AP course offerings in additional to a traditional, liberal arts, college prep curriculum. They also have access and classes in the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies, our 3 athletic fields and gymnasium, as well as our 400-seat sate-of-the-art theater.
Our PK3 program is a nurturing, first school experience for young children providing hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities and a balance of play and discovery. A language-rich environment and thematic curriculum is built around books, music, movement, art and play. Students enjoy: Music, Art, Library, Science Lab, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish language classes and Physical Education. They take semester visits to Canterbury's Cousteau Center for Marine Studies to explore touch tanks full of crabs, sea stars, fish, shrimp, tunicates and more. Environmental  education and appreciation begins here.
Canterbury's faculty is second to none. They are highly dedicated to your child's success not just academically, but in life. Sixty percent of our faculty has advanced degrees. Four of our faculty members are AP readers, which means they grade national AP exams. Most faculty coach a sport or sponsor a club, allowing more opportunities for student-teacher bonding.
Canterbury School of Florida is a co-educational college preparatory school for 3-year-olds through grade 12 that is located on two campuses in St. Petersburg, just two miles apart.
Hough Campus is home to students in PK3 - Grade 4, and Knowlton Campus is home to students in Grades 5 - 12.
Canterbury faculty members help students discover individual talents while developing values, character and leadership skills.
Canterbury welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.
* Low student-teacher ratio * Experienced, caring faculty * Character Education * 24 Advanced Placement courses * A one-of-a-kind, hands-on Marine Studies program and Cousteau Center for Marine Studies * One-to-One Program for Technology * Makerspace and Innovation Lab * International Studies program that includes Mandarin Chinese and Spanish for all students age 3 through grade 6 * Award-winning athletics and arts * Community service

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1968

Student Body

Total Students 479 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 23%
State avg.: 35%
Students by Grade Canterbury School Of Florida Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 60%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 24 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses American Government, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Governments, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Human Geography, Latin Vergil, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics 2, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US History,
Average SAT score 1990
Average ACT score 25
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Please see website for tuition rates which range from $7,750 for 5 fulls days of PK3 - $18,400 for Grade 12. http://www.canterburyflorida.org/tuition
% on Financial Aid 22%
Admissions Director Michelle Robinson

Sports

Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DivingFootball,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 53 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Aquarium Club, ArtFest, Band, Battle of the Books, Black and White Photography, Chess Club, Chorus, Dance, Debate Club, Earth Force, Envirothon/Environmental Club, Fencing, French Culture Club, French Honor Society, Gourmet Club, Green Club, Homecoming, Interact Club, Junior Classical League/Latin Honor Society, Junior Thespians, Junior-Senior Prom, Literary Club, Marine Science Outreach, Math League, Model Airplane Club, Model United Nations, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, OceanBowl, People of Peace (P.O.P.), Prom Committee, Recycling Team, S.A.D.D. Chapter, Science Fair, Scouting, Scuba Venture Club, Sea Camp, Show Choir, Spanish Honor Society, Spell Binders (Spelling Bee), Sports Talk, Student Ambassadors, Student Council - Middle School, Student Council - Upper School, Student-Athlete Leadership, Tampa Bay Envirothon, Tech Theater, Thespian Troupe 4637, Tween Angels (Internet Awareness), YUGA, Yearbook, Yoga Aquarium Club, ArtFest, Band, Chess Club, Chorus, Dance, Debate Club, Earth Force, Fencing, Gourmet Club, Green Club, Homecoming, Interact Club, Literary Club, Math League, OceanBowl, Prom Committee, Recycling Team, Science Fair, Scouting, Sea Camp, Show Choir, Sports Talk, Tech Theater, YUGA, Yearbook, Yoga, Battle of the Books,
Black and White Photography,
Envirothon/Environmental Club,
French Culture Club,
French Honor Society,
Junior Classical League/Latin Honor Society,
Junior Thespians,
Junior-Senior Prom,
Marine Science Outreach,
Model Airplane Club,
Model United Nations,
Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society,
National Honor Society,
National Junior Honor Society,
People of Peace (P.O.P.),
S.A.D.D. Chapter,
Scuba Venture Club,
Spanish Honor Society,
Spell Binders (Spelling Bee),
Student Ambassadors,
Student Council - Middle School,
Student Council - Upper School,
Student-Athlete Leadership,
Tampa Bay Envirothon,
Thespian Troupe 4637,
Tween Angels (Internet Awareness),

School Notes:

  • February 2012 - Canterbury was named the first and only school in the WORLD to be a Cousteau Divers partner school, based on its premier Marine Studies program and curriculum.
  • The Class of 2015 earned over $5.1 million dollars in merit scholarships, and 15% of the class were recruited to play NCAA collegiate athletics.
  • We offer 33 athletic programs for our students.
  • For third time in 10 years, Canterbury won the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Fred Rozell Sportsmanship Award for outstanding sportsmanship among the school's athletes, coaches, parents and students.
  • In 2014, the softball team won the State Championship, the third time in four year.  Also in 2011, baseball, girls' basketball, girls' swimming, softball and volleyball teams all place among the Top 10 all-academic teams in the state.
  • In 2010 violin lessons become part of the music curriculum at the Lower School for grades 3 and 4.
  • Both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are required for all students in PK3 - Grade 6.
  • The school has an unparallelled Character Education program. Canterbury students speak for themselves.
  • One-to-One program for students in Grades 3-8 (iPads or ChromeBooks) loaded with digital textbooks and educational/study apps for use in class and at home. 

Profile last updated: 08/24/2015

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At Canterbury my daughter is overcoming her shyness, excelling in math, and learning to be the best version of herself. We are so fortunate to have found a school community that is incredibly accepting of who she is, but refuses to accept less than her best.
- Posted by Parent, 04/09/12
We looked at many private schools and were most impressed with the atmosphere at Canterbury. We enrolled our daughter and have found an academically rich environment that is integrated with enrichment programs. In addition, the focus on character building creates an atmosphere where good behavior is the norm. We made the right choice; our daughter is very happy.
- Posted by Parent, 04/09/12

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