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: 975
TypeCo-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 DemographicsTotal Enrollment: 435
Students of Color: 23%
Percentage of Students on Financial Aid: 22% (Canterbury participates in Step Up for Students scholarship program through the Florida Department of Education.)
Percentage of Students Accepted to College: 100%
Head of School InformationMac 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 & StaffNumber of Faculty: 65
Number of Staff / Administrators: 20
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1
Application DeadlineCanterbury 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.
Non-discrimination PolicyCanterbury School of Florida welcomes students of any race, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, economic or social status.
AccreditationFlorida 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.