Character Education Counts at Canterbury


Humanitas cum Misericordia: “Enlightenment with Compassion"


The development of character and value of service is an integral part of the educational experience at CSF.

The Canterbury LEADS program is designed to teach and develop character and leadership skills and instill an understanding of the critical role that service must play in the life of a responsible global citizen. Students work to identify and develop their strengths, challenges, gifts, and passions. They also begin to zero in on the real-world topics to which they feel most connected and to understand how the lessons and skills developed in school can be applied practically to their lives beyond Canterbury.

Through LEADS, CSF has a direct and positive impact on the community that supports and sustains it, and students foster key relationships with people and organizations that encourage their independence and growth. At each grade level, LEADS advisors help students inventory developing skills and competencies, and use service and learning experiences within and outside the classroom to connect with the broader community to foster those skills and competencies.

Service Learning

Canterbury has a long tradition of offering our students an array of hands-on opportunities to serve the community. Through LEADS, CSF has a direct and positive impact on the community that supports and sustains it, and students foster key relationships with people and organizations that encourage their independence and growth. Our students are problem solvers and helpers; they are empathetic advocates for fellow humans everywhere. These activities help our kids build skills that empower them to take a proactive role in creating the world in which they want to live.

Honor Code


The Honor Code is taught to all students beginning in PK3 in the form of a song, one that they never forget. It establishes the principles of honesty, respect, and consideration for others that continue to guide them in Upper School and beyond in their interactions and choices with peers and adults. It sets clear expectations and supports an atmosphere of integrity and respect for others that enables both academic learning and personal growth to flourish.