Lower School Curriculum

Canterbury School of Florida teachers strive to provide each student with a challenging and unique curriculum designed to fit his/her learning style. Our faculty take advantage of your child's natural curiosity and sense of adventure outside the classroom by working in our marsh grass nursery, taking field trips to local theaters and animal rescues, and visiting the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on our Middle/Upper School campus just two miles away in St. Petersburg, Florida.

We introduce advanced elementary school academics early on, as Kindergarten introduces first grade material in their second semester and first grade introduces second grade material in their second semester and so on.

Each grade level in the Lower School includes two teachers who provide an inquiry-based curriculum, in addition to a strong language arts and math program. The liberal arts curriculum also includes classes in the arts, science/marine science, applied technology, world languages (Spanish), information literacy, and physical education, all taught by specialists. Guest speakers, visiting performers and artists, and curriculum-related field trips help expand our students' knowledge and help them grow in awareness, expression, and a lifelong love of learning.

Enrichment Classes, All Grades


The opportunities children have for hands-on learning at Canterbury are unmatched in our community. On average, students spend 420 minutes per week in these enrichment courses offered by specialized instructors. Teachers in these areas are highly talented, motivated, and wonderfully adept at teaching multiple grade levels. It should also be noted that, while not an “enrichment class,” ALL our students enjoy recess daily!

ADA Compliance

Canterbury School of Florida is committed to providing students and employees all rights granted in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Act requires that schools make reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities provided there is no undue hardship to the school, no direct threat of harm to the individual or to others, and no fundamental alteration of the school’s program.