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Canterbury Alumni Spotlight: Matt Authement '08

A great school understands the importance of guiding their students towards their own personal version of success. Canterbury students experience a supportive and challenging academic curriculum, where they build college readiness skills and discover their postgraduate ambitions. In this blog, we’ve checked in with Canterbury alumni Matt Authement, who’s career path and success began at Canterbury and our College Counseling program.

Affording Independent School

Learn about Canterbury tuition and how to afford private education. Read how to obtain financial aid and scholarship opportunities for financial assistance.

Photo of Dante standing in front of a white Mazda car

Dante Tornello has always embraced the value of confronting challenges—no matter the pit stops or hairpin turns that may lie ahead.

A proud Canterbury alum, Tornello joined the CSF community as he entered third grade.

Canterbury Marine Science Students Scuba Diving

At Canterbury, we’re known for our many advanced academic offerings and signature programs, like our Character Education program (also known as LEADS). However, one program that sets Canterbury apart is our Marine Studies program, which teaches our students the importance of conservation as well as how to become environmental leaders. Canterbury students also have the opportunity to learn through our state of the art Cousteau Center for Marine Studies and local partnerships with other key environmental leaders.

Two students kayaking and exploring the waters.
  • Academics
  • Community
  • Development

Canterbury School of Florida is offering summer camp programs to provide students with an active, educational, and explorative summer experience. Providing full and half-day camps, the summer program is open to all Tampa Bay youth in PK3 through Grade 12, not just Canterbury students. Attendees will be able to choose from a variety of unique camps that will encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.

Two young, male Canterbury students in a friendly embrace
  • Character
  • Development

According to the U.S. Department of Education, character education is defined as “a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values.” To put it simply, the definition for character education can be found in its name—it is the idea that education can not simply teach the mind, but it must also help to develop a student’s overall character.

Photo of CAN Alumni Miguel Turcios
  • Athletics
  • Character
  • Development

Great schools are made up of an ongoing partnership between parents, students, teachers, and alumni, and when students join the Canterbury community, they become a part of that unique family for a lifetime. In this blog, we’ve checked in with Canterbury alumni Miguel Turcios, who is constantly redefining success and pushing through boundaries.

A Canterbury student athlete partaking in and learning about art.
  • Academics
  • Admission
  • Development

When choosing an elementary, middle, and high school for their child, most parents have their own unique predispositions about what is the right fit for their child, but what truly makes a school stand out above the others? 

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  • Academics

Fourth grade reenacted Florida's early history up until the Seminole Wars demonstrating their mastery of this unit! Students not only learned about Florida’s historical significance as an intricate part of American history, but also came to understand the consequences when two cultures clash.

Fifth grade with CASA donation 2021
  • Character
  • Community

Through our LEADS program, students engage and learn about service and community by lending a hand to neighbors in need. It is crucial to our mission. Our students identify with and want to support peers who are in distress, and having a local organization like CASA with which to build a relationship is incredibly rewarding to them. 

Basketball coach wins regional award
  • Athletics
  • Community

Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Marquel Cason is a Regional Winner of the Double-Goal Coach® Award! Athletic Director Monica Talley comments that Coach Cason's dedication to his players shows in their continuous growth and improvement, both on and off the court. 

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  • Athletics

Recently, senior guard Percy Pedersen III scored the 1,000th point of his basketball career at Canterbury! 

He went on to score a school record of 52 points at last Friday night's game against Bell Creek and led the team to another victory. 

students attend virtual visit with Native American artist

Shonto Begay is a nationally known Navajo author, poet, children’s book illustrator, and fine artist. Shonto is a born storyteller, who grew up listening to his father, a Navajo Medicine Man, tell the ancient stories of his people. Shonto tells these stories through his paintings, which are featured in museums around the country - including our very own James Museum. We were unable to go to the James Museum because of Covid-19, but that didn’t stop us from bringing Shonto Begay and the James Museum to us!  

students in make up celebrating dia de los muertos
  • Chapel
  • Community

Day of the Dead is a holiday mostly celebrated in Mexico but is rapidly spreading to other countries. It is not Halloween. In fact, it would more closely align with the Christian celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.  

The Day of the Dead celebration is Nov. 1 and 2. It is marked by parades, special foods, festivals, and the creation of ofrendas to celebrate the deceased. An ofrenda is covered with marigolds, pictures, candles, and symbols of the deceased's life. It is believed that the spirits of the deceased return to visit their families during this time.

CSF on the Radio
  • Academics

Upper School Principal Donnamarie Hehn and the 2020 Valedictorian Maddie Fine were featured guests on local radio station HOT 101.5 with hosts Holly and Miguel. 

Affording Canterbury
  • Admission

Learn more about Canterbury's inclusive approach to affording tuition. 

Congratulations, Science Fair Winners!
  • Athletics

Canterbury's middle school science fair competition was held this week. Six judges from professional science backgrounds like the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and USF College of Marine Science voted for our winners.  

Canterbury on ABC Action News

Last week, Sean Daly from ABC Action News visited the Hough Campus to cover a story about kindness in St. Pete. What better place is there to study kindness in action? 

Daly was blown away by the breadth of our Character Education program, and even though this year's theme is focused around kindness on the Hough Campus, he was surprised and encouraged to hear how Character Education and kindness reach throughout our entire school from the Buddy Program to service-learning and beyond. 

Crusaders Celebrate 2019 Spirit Week

Crusaders showed their school spirit during Homecoming week. Blue and gold filled the campus for Spirit Week festivities. Check out the costumes, class colors, decorations, parades, games, the FLASH MOB, and more! 

2019 Commencement

The Class of 2019 crossed the stage and stepped into their future on Saturday. Forty-eight college-bound students gathered at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg along with their families, friends, and supporters to witness the culmination of their high school years and the commencement of their next adventures. 

Canterbury Partners with Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for Community Event

On Tuesday, April 30, Canterbury is partnering with Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital to bring this event to our community. Hear from Dr. Melissa Faith, a licensed clinical psychologist and a board-certified specialist in clinical child and adolescent psychology at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. This chat is designed for parents of middle school-aged children but is relevant to all parents with school-aged children.

Canterbury Singers Perform the National Anthem at Rays Game

You wouldn't know it from their pre-performance chatter, but this group of ten talented singers might have had a few jitters. They played it cool as they took a few selfies and 'usies' by home plate. They barely even noticed the professional players on the field nearby warming up for the game. Clearly, they were excited at the opportunity to perform in the notorious hometown venue, Tropicana Field.

 Eighth Grader Awarded Honorable Mention for Environmental Engineering

Sasha F., grade 8, was awarded honorable mention in the Environmental Engineering category at this year's fair, which was held in Lakeland, Florida. The competition at the state fair was intense, with over 900 finalists from all over the state coming together to showcase their outstanding scientific research. 

Keep St. Pete Lit Guest Teacher Jeff Donnelly

Talented Canterbury faculty Jeff Donnelly is a guest teacher for Keep St. Pete Lit for the month of February. Mr. Donnelly is teaching from a playwright’s point of view and how it helps with fiction writing.

Marine Studies Director Jenna LoDico wins Margaret Riggs Outstanding Alumna Award

Canterbury's Marine Studies Director Jenna LoDico was recently honored by receiving the Margaret Riggs Outstanding Alumna Award from Eckerd Women’s Resources Center. This award is given to alumni for professional achievement. She credits the tremendous support and educational opportunities while she attended Eckerd to her passion for marine education and conservation.

Varsity Boys Basketball Headed to Regional Finals

Join us in congratulating Canterbury's Varsity Boys Basketball team for moving on to the Regional Finals for the first time since 1977. We will host Orlando Christian Prep on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. with a trip to the State Final Four on the line.

School Science Fair Winners


Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Canterbury Middle School Science Fair!   

During the fair, each student met with six different judges and presented his or her project. The six judges were local scientists and former science educators from the Tampa Bay area. These six judges evaluated the student’s projects and determined a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for the school fair.  

Canterbury Hosts Sports Conference

Canterbury will host Academic Sports Conference lead by Brett Brenner, University of Tampa Asst. VP for Enrollment Management. Brenner is an athlete financial aid expert will be talking to the community about .

Canterbury Makes an Impact at the Pinellas County All-Star Game


Canterbury Crusader athletes and coaches participated in the Pinellas County All-Star Classic Football Game on Wednesday, Dec. 12! Three football players, three cheerleaders, three football coaches, one of our Varsity cheer coaches, and a Mike June courage award winner joined other all-stars from the county at the event.

Science Teacher Meredith Mikell Wins the Barrett Award

Upper School Science Teacher Meredith Mikell won the Barrett Award based on her colleagues' and students' recommendations, an essay, and review of her teaching methodologies using virtual reality and augmented reality programs in Anatomy & Physiology class. 

CSFeatures 2018 Summer

CSFeatures is a publication of Canterbury School of Florida, a PK3 - Grade 12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL. CSFeatures covers the school's students, faculty, alumni, parents, and events.

Pardon Our Dust!

Security upgrades are happening now thanks to our incredible supporters! Keep an eye out for this and other campus improvements! 

A Ladybug Adventure at Canterbury's STEAM Garden

A local publication, the Northeast Journal believes in “paying forward” what’s good about a community! Recently, an article about the Lower Campus's STEAM Garden ladybug release was a featured story. 

Jody Moore Wins PCA's Double-Goal Coach Award

Congratulations to Canterbury Varsity Softball Coach Jody Moore! Coach Moore was recently named a National Winner for the Double Goal Coach Award sponsored by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). 

Canterbury Students Participate in National History Day Competition

For the first time, Canterbury sent students to participate in the National History Day competition at the county level. This year's theme was Conflict and Compromise, and it proved to be a great framework for our 8th grade Honors History students to pursue their personal interests as they relate to national and world history topics.

Middle School Students are Big Winners at Regional Science Fair

On Saturday, February 3rd, three of Canterbury's middle school students competed in the Pinellas Regional Science & Engineering Fair at Seminole Middle School.  During the competition, our students explained their projects to judges from the professional scientific community.  Awards were announced on Tuesday evening at Largo Middle School and all of our students were big winners!