​Welcome to Canterbury School of Florida

Founded in 1968, Canterbury School of Florida is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school, located on two campuses in St. Petersburg, Florida. Canterbury serves students in Prekindergarten (starting at age 3) - Grade 12, placing a heavy focus on academics, character education, community, and spirituality in the Episcopal tradition. Canterbury is recognized for its focus on student success, providing unique opportunities to learn through exploration, conversation, and connection.

Our curriculum is built so that our students, their families, and our faculty and staff can work toward the same goal: “Enlightenment with Compassion.” Our three core values of academics, character, and community help us achieve this goal. 



One of the main things our students—and their families—love about Canterbury is opportunities to learn through exploration, conversation, and connection. In addition to our unique programs and technological offerings, Canterbury’s curriculum is rooted in individualized education that helps students realize their full potential, both inside and outside of the classroom. 


Our goal as educators is to engage students, encourage them to think differently, and create lifelong learners. Personal integrity is a core emphasis of a Canterbury education from preschool through high school. We encourage our students to ask questions, think out loud, collaborate, and take a hands-on role in their daily schooling and in shaping their future. 


Strong communities are built on hard work, respect, and commitment. These are key elements of how Canterbury students work together to create a community that they and their fellow students are invested in. Individual differences are respected and valued in our diverse community, and when conflicts arise they’re dealt with through conversation, empathy, and an understanding that we’re all working toward the same goals. 

Quick Facts

  • 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
  • Current Enrollment: 400
  • Students of Color: 19%
  • Students on Financial Aid: 23% 
  • Percentage of Students Accepted to College: 100%
  • Number of Faculty: 52
  • Number of Staff / Administrators: 32
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1



Canterbury offers education for all grade levels from preschool to high school, split onto our two campuses.

The Hough campus, housing preschool (starting at age 3) - grade 4, has play areas, an open courtyard, a spacious chapel, and garden spaces for outdoor learning. 

The Knowlton campus is home to grades 5 - 12 and features: a Learning Center, a gymnasium, three playing fields, a center for the arts that includes a 375-person theater, a student-run vegetable and herb garden, and a 2,800 square foot marine studies facility. 

Both campuses have interactive libraries and makerspaces to help advance learning through exploration.

Admissions & Applications

If you’re currently exploring educational options for your child, we invite you to visit our campus and see first-hand what makes a Canterbury education special. 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.

Canterbury runs on a rolling admission schedule, which means we accept applications year-round. Throughout the year, we offer tours, admission events, and other opportunities to get a first-hand look into all that Canterbury has to offer. 

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Non-discrimination Policy

Canterbury School of Florida welcomes students of any race, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, economic or social status.

Accreditation & Memberships

Canterbury School of Florida is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). We are proud members of the following organizations: 

  • 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)