Campuses Founded in 1968, Canterbury School of Florida is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school located on two campuses in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a private school primarily serving Pinellas County and the greater Tampa Bay area, Canterbury is recognized for educational excellence in PK3 through grade 12. Facilities include libraries on both campuses, a gymnasium, 3 playing fields, a center for the arts that includes a 420-person theater and a 2,800 square foot marine studies facility.
Academics A student-centered philosophy, emphasis on character education and personal attention for each child is what brings families to Canterbury. What makes them stay? Award-winning fine arts and athletics, a one-of-a-kind marine studies center, an international studies program and experiential learning--all of which prepare graduates for the very best colleges. Athletics Sports offered at the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity level include: cheerleading (co-ed), cross country (boys/girls), football, golf (boys/girls), swimming (boys/girls), volleyball, basketball (boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls), baseball, softball, tennis (boys/girls), track & field (boys/girls) Community Service Students at every grade level participate in service-based learning. In four years of high school, 36 seniors from the Class of 2013 completed 5,184 hours of community service.
Application Deadline Canterbury runs on a rolling admission schedule which means we accept applications year-round. There are waiting lists for specific grades, so acceptances for applications submitted in February for the fall school year will be at the top of the list.
Accreditation National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
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National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Bay Area Association of Independent Schools (BAAIS)
Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB)
National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC)
Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC)
Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA)
Religious Affiliation With roots in the Episcopal tradition, Canterbury welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds, encouraging a diverse school community. There are no religion courses in our curriculum, though students on both campuses do attend a "chapel" service once a week. During these services, songs from all faiths are sung and there is always a lesson or reading. Our goal is to provide a setting where values and character are instilled, and where respect and concern for each other guide relationships and expectations.
Non-discrimination Policy Canterbury School of Florida welcomes students of any race, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, economic or social status.
Grades PK3 - 12
Student/Teacher Ratio 15:1
Average Class Size 15
Course Offerings 158 courses taught in Middle and Upper School, including 24 APs. 74% of juniors and seniors currently take an AP course. Our APs are open enrollment, which means students do not need teacher approval to take the course.
Student Life 45+ mostly student-run and student-initiated clubs and activities
Diversity 23% students of color.
Financial Assistance 22% of students receive some form of financial assistance. We participate in Step Up for Students Scholarship program through the Florida Department of Education.