Since 1968, our school's primary goal has been to provide an outstanding college-preparatory education in the Episcopal tradition and create lifelong learners. Every student is encouraged to conquer new challenges and acquire new skills. Personal integrity is emphasized, and individual differences are respected and valued in our diverse community. Dedicated faculty members are committed to helping every child realize his or her potential, and community service is an integral part of the curriculum at every grade level. In summary, students are nurtured and supported as they learn and grow.
Families are attracted to Canterbury because of the opportunities we offer their children. They remain committed to the school because of the feeling of community and the individual attention we provide. I encourage you to experience that feeling firsthand. Explore this website and then come for a visit. Whether it's in the classroom, on stage, in the art room or on the athletic field, you'll meet an extraordinary group of young people who are on their way to becoming outstanding adults.
Mac H. Hall, Head of School
Year founded: 1968
Founders: Mr. C. Randolph Wedding, Mrs. George Moench, Mr. Harman Wheeler, Mr. Allen C. Sundberg, Reverend George LaBruce, Mr. Harry Evertz III, Dr. Albert Geiger, Dr. John B. Hedman, Mr. William R. Hough, Reverend Robert Maurais, Mr. Gene Slott, Mr. James Sterghos, Mrs. Robert Zaiser
Number of Alumni: 1180
Co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school located on two campuses in St. Petersburg, Florida. Serves students in Prekindergarten (starting at age 3) - Grade 12.
Student Body Demographics
Total Enrollment: 350
Students of Color: 19%
Students on Financial Aid: 23%
Percentage of Students Accepted to College: 100%
Head of School Information
Mac Hall, 8th Head of School
BS, Education: Valdosta State College
Ed.M.: Valdosta State College
Educational Specialist, Educational Leadership: University of Central Florida
Interactive libraries on both campuses, makerspace on both campuses, a Learning Center, a gymnasium, three playing fields, a center for the arts that includes a 375-person theater, and a 2,800 square foot marine studies facility.
Faculty & Staff
Number of Faculty: 52
Number of Staff / Administrators: 32
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1
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.
Canterbury School of Florida welcomes students of any race, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, economic or social status.
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- School and Student Services for Financial Aid
- 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)
Knight DayOn Knight Day, the middle and upper school faculty surprise students on an unannounced day as the students arrive to find there are NO classes that day--just fun, relaxation, music, and community games and arts.
Senior TraditionsSenior traditions include Senior Investiture, whereby seniors step into their roles as leaders of the student body for the year and receive their “senior privileges.” The seniors have their own locker area with a lounge.
HomecomingSpirit Week is part of the Homecoming activities that take place each fall, leading up to the football game and dance. Included are:
- A pep rally
- Powder puff football game (girls, grades 9-12)
- Parade of banners (PK3 - Grade 4), wagons (Grades 5-8), and floats (Grades 9-12) on the field
- Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony, held in conjunction with the Homecoming Game crowning of the Homecoming king and queen
Traditional events that are a part of year-end activities include class parties, Beach Day, awards assemblies, Senior Dinner, and more.