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Canterbury School Photo #1 - At Canterbury, you will develop the skills most essential to meeting future challenges and succeeding in college. These start with critical thinking, excellence in writing, and a solid foundation in digital literacy.
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Canterbury School Photo #1 - At Canterbury, you will develop the skills most essential to meeting future challenges and succeeding in college. These start with critical thinking, excellence in writing, and a solid foundation in digital literacy.
Canterbury School Photo #2 - Canterbury offers its athletes the facilities they need to excel, from one of the best aquatics centers in New England to our ice rink, nine playing fields, squash courts, and rowing site on the Housatonic River.
Canterbury School Photo #3 - The stunning 22,000 square-foot building set on our 150-acre campus is emblematic to the School`s core mission of developing critical thinkers and ethical leaders in an increasingly complex world. The Steers Center is a truly unique blend of carefully planned spaces that not only supports our students` intellectual and social development but also inspires their growth as individuals.
Canterbury School Photo #4 - The theater program at Canterbury is open to all students, whether a novice or a veteran to the stage or to stagecraft. All students are encouraged to participate, either as actors, or as members of the technical crew, building the sets, costumes, and props for the fall and spring productions.
Canterbury School Photo #5 - Both boarders and day students think of Canterbury not just as a school, but a home away from home. From your first visit to campus, you sense how warm and welcoming Canterbury is. As you get to know students and teachers better, you find they are genuine, open, and down-to-earth.
Canterbury School Photo #6 - We recognize that spiritual growth is a vital part of a complete education. We prepare our students not only for success in higher learning and in life, but also to step forward as moral leaders in a complex, secular world.
Excellence-a pillar of Canterbury`s educational experience-is lived out every day on our hilltop campus. Across all areas of study, you will find yourself inspired to achieve. You will work within a challenging academic program that allows you to develop the skills most essential to succeeding in college and life beyond.
The campus you will call home comprises 150 acres of traditional and modern buildings that house spaces for learning, living, and spiritual reflection. Now open, the new Steers Center-a building that was our students` idea-is designed with every aspect of your student experience in mind.
Founded in the Catholic tradition and welcoming students of all faiths, Canterbury embraces five core values that not only differentiate our school, but distinguish your education and growth as an individual - Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality, and Self-Reliance. We will encourage you to seek justice and peace, cultivate your critical and reflective thinking, work with and for others, and be your best self.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 325 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $67,750
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Canterbury School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Year Founded
1915

Student Body

Total Students
325 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Canterbury School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
21 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP 2D Design, AP 3D Design, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Drawing, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP French, AP Latin, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP US Govt & Politics, AP US History, AP World History, Syracuse Univ Project Advance: Varied Courses
Average SAT score
1210
Average Percentile SSAT
55%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day Student Tuition: $50000
% on Financial Aid
50%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$28,000
Acceptance Rate
35%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jake Dellorco
Endowment Size
$31 million

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School Notes

  • Excellence-a pillar of Canterbury`s educational experience-is lived out every day on our hilltop campus.  Across all areas of study, you will find yourself inspired to achieve. You will work within a challenging academic program that allows you to develop the skills most essential to succeeding in college and life beyond. 
  • The campus you will call home comprises 150 acres of traditional and modern buildings that house spaces for learning, living, and spiritual reflection. Now open, the new Steers Center-a building that was our students` idea-is designed with every aspect of your student experience in mind.  
  • Founded in the Catholic tradition and welcoming students of all faiths, Canterbury embraces five core values that not only differentiate our school, but distinguish your education and growth as an individual - Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality, and Self-Reliance. We will encourage you to seek justice and peace, cultivate your critical and reflective thinking, work with and for others, and be your best self.
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  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jack Arute '68 - ESPN sports announcer
    • William Randolph Hearst III '67 - venture capitalist and trustee of Hearst Trust
    • Sargent Shriver '34 - diplomat, Peace Corps organizer, Vice-presidential candidate
    • John Hemingway '79 - author (grandson of Ernest)
    • Cofer Black '68 - former Assistant Secretary of State for counter-terrorism
    • James B. Lee '71 - vice-chairman J.P. Morgan Chase
    • Peter Kiernan '71 - partner Goldman Sachs, author
    • Tom Gerety '64 - educator, NYU professor, former president Trinity College and Amherst College
    • Mike Dunham '91 - NHL goaltender
    • Dominick Dunne '44 - writer, producer, TV personality
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Canterbury School cost?

Canterbury School's tuition is approximately $67,750 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Canterbury School?

The acceptance rate of Canterbury School is 35%, which is lower than the national average of 68%. Canterbury School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Connecticut with low acceptance rates.

Who are famous alumni from Canterbury School?

Canterbury School famous alumni include: Jack Arute '68, William Randolph Hearst III '67, Sargent Shriver '34, John Hemingway '79, Cofer Black '68, James B. Lee '71, Peter Kiernan '71, Tom Gerety '64, Mike Dunham '91 and Dominick Dunne '44.

What sports does Canterbury School offer?

Canterbury School offers 19 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Canterbury School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for most sports offered.

What is Canterbury School's ranking?

Canterbury School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most sports offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Canterbury School?

The application deadline for Canterbury School is Jan. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 325 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $67,750
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Litchfield County, CT is $26,388 for elementary schools and $62,930 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Litchfield County, CT is 50% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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