Parents are not just making an educational decision, but deciding who they are giving permission to shape the hearts of their children. It is our desire that Canterbury be an extension of Christian parenting and a supplement to the children’s ministries of churches across our city.
Oftentimes, parents enroll students in Christian school with the goal of making ‘good’ children, or simply to protect our children from the world. We instead see this as a time of preparation for the world instead of just protection from it. Our vision is to shape well-equipped disciples who are prepared to engage our culture—rather than live in isolation from it.
School culture is extremely important to us, and is certainly a defining trait of Canterbury—our culture is different. It is high discipline…and high fun! We think G.K. Chesterton said it best, “The chief aim of order is to give room for good things to run wild.”
We believe it is actually possible for our students to grow up with a love for authority. Our faculty takes this seriously, embracing this enormous responsibility, while taking the words of the Gospel of Luke seriously: “A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.” Luke 6:40
Canterbury’s goal is not to make moralism the center—but instead to form in them a heart to desire what is true, good and beautiful. We do this by addressing the heart rather than just the behavior. Our teachers understand even the way we discipline reveals something about Christ to our students. Cheerful obedience and forgiveness are central aspects of this philosophy.