FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

What do five-year-olds learn in kindergarten?

What is the mission of the school?

When was the school established?

Why send my child to this Christian school?

What ultimate questions does this Christian education address?

What are some advantages to a smaller class size?

What are the benefits of structured classrooms?

Is there an advantage in Canterbury’s 6th grade over middle school 6th grade?

If our family is not Christian, may my student still attend Canterbury?

What are the advantages of Canterbury's curriculum?

What are the adjunct classes and activities offered at Canterbury?

Is before-school care available?

Is after-school care available?

Are there ways for parents to volunteer?

Why is Latin still taught at Canterbury?

Why does Canterbury use the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to measure achievement?

Whom do I contact for more information about Canterbury Christian School?


What do five-year-olds learn in kindergarten?
Canterbury’s academic curriculum guides kindergartners to become excellent phonetic readers, learn cursive writing, memorize math facts, and become skillful in English language concepts. In addition, they delight in singing fun songs, developing friendships, and memorizing Bible verses. The spring ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) on average places Canterbury’s graduating kindergarten classes among the top 10 percent of their peers.  Hear what Canterbury parents say about Kindergarten.   [top]
What is the mission of the school?
The objective and purpose of Canterbury Christian School is to train students in the knowledge of God and the Christian way of life and give each student an excellent education for that life.  Canterbury provides a traditional Christian education in a modern world. [top]
When was the school established?
Canterbury Christian School was established in 1974 as a ministry of St. Paul's Anglican Church.  It continues this day in the very same capacity as when it began – a non-denominational and Christ-centered outreach operating under the command of Christ to His Church: Feed my lambs. [top]
Why send my child to this Christian school?
Choosing to send your child to Canterbury Christian School is a decision that will positively impact your child’s education and character development. Reflecting and reinforcing your own family’s values, Canterbury will ground your child on a firm foundation for life. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). [top]
What ultimate questions does this Christian education address?
The very same questions asked since time immemorial by inquisitive children the world over… Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Does my life matter? Proven answers to these questions release children to fully focus on their studies and engage themselves unreservedly in their classroom work.  [top]
What are some advantages to a smaller class size?
A smaller class provides an academic environment where a teacher may truly foster a student’s intellectual and emotional growth. With a smaller class, the teacher is able to provide attention to all students. [top]
What are the benefits of structured classrooms?
Children are most secure and able to concentrate when boundaries are well-defined and rules consistently enforced. Children are best able to engage their work at hand when their environment is calm and well-ordered. David, of old, wrote: He leadeth me beside the still waters (Psalm 23:2). [top]
Is there an advantage in Canterbury’s 6th grade over middle school 6th grade?
All students attending Canterbury’s 6th grade class are excellently prepared for middle school. The running average (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) score for Canterbury’s graduating classes exceeds the 95th percentile! The sixth grade class is immersed in leadership skills throughout the year, and given opportunity to mentor their kindergarten counterparts weekly through Canterbury's popular "Buddy Program."  And in addition, each spring the sixth graders are privileged to travel to Washington D.C. for one week visiting eighteen of our nation’s historic sites studied that year in their American History class. [top]
If our family is not Christian, may my student still attend Canterbury?
Canterbury Christian School welcomes children of all backgrounds. Parents should have a clear understanding that the purpose of Canterbury is to instruct children in Christian values and the Christian way of life. This includes a willingness to have their child learn in an academic environment based upon a God-related perspective. [top]
What are the advantages of Canterbury's curriculum?
The Language Arts curriculum is particularly strong. The Shurley Grammar series is excellent and Latin is taught beginning in the third grade. By sixth grade the students are translating complex Latin paragraphs, including selections from classical Latin literature. The History curriculum is superior to the typical "Social Studies" sequence found in the public schools. In addition, the students receive many opportunities for public speaking through solo and group recitations. By the time they graduate, they are very comfortable in front of audiences. The Saxon pre-algebra class in sixth grade prepares the students to take Algebra I in grade seven. [top]
What are the adjunct classes and activities offered at Canterbury?
PE, art, and music are all taught. In addition, beginning in fourth grade, students participate in handbell teams and perform in a handbell festival as well as a local convalescent hospital. Spelling bees, speech meets, math olympics, and creative writing competitions are annual events at Canterbury. The fifth and sixth graders also perform with the SF Opera's "Opera A La Carte." Fifth graders spend a week at Science Camp and Fourth graders enjoy a day trip by train to Sacramento. [top]
Is before-school care available?
Yes. An adult-supervised, quiet Study Hall is available to all Canterbury students beginning at 7:30am daily and extending to when classroom doors open at 8:05am. Silent preparations for the day’s activities are expected. If students are already fully prepared for the start of the day, they may quietly read books or other materials available in Study Hall. [top]
Is after-school care available?
Yes. A Kindergarten After-School Care Program is offered.  An Extended Care Program is also offered for all students as an extension of the regular school day. Intended to provide a safe and supportive environment, all students are expected to first of all finish their homework assignments. Once they are completed, they may then play outdoors, work on crafts, or read quietly indoors. [top]
Are there ways for parents to volunteer?
Yes! There are wonderful opportunities to volunteer at Canterbury (e.g., room mothers, hot lunch helpers, lunch and recess duty, library assistants, study hall supervision, etc.). We welcome and appreciate all parent volunteers. Children who know their parents are in such ways participating in “their” place of schooling are given an important advantage and emotional stamp-of-approval in their studies. [top]
Why is Latin still taught at Canterbury?
Latin has deeply influenced all Western European languages more than any other language for two-thousand years. It is used in law, medicine, and science. It has been estimated that over half of the English words available to us possess Latin roots. A strong foundation in Latin enables students to quickly and easily grasp new vocabulary. The gifted writer, poet, and playwright, Dorothy Sayers, said it best: ”I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent” (from the National Review). [top]
Why does Canterbury use the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to measure achievement?
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) enjoys a long and prestigious history rich in university research beginning in 1930. Whereas some more recent achievement tests (such as California’s STAR, 1999) are adapted for state standards only, the norms of the ITBS are referenced nationally, using current demographical data.  The ITBS delivers a clear and valuable assessment of how Canterbury students compare with their peers nationally. [top]
Whom do I contact for more information about Canterbury Christian School?
The office may be contacted by phone at 650/949-0909 from 8:30am–4:00pm or visited Monday through Friday when school is in session. Questions may also be directed to Canterbury through the Internet at Canterbury.Tales@hotmail.com since the “in box” is monitored every day of the week except Sundays. [top]