Canterbury School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

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Coordinates: 41°3′13.47″N 85°12′43.51″W / 41.0537417°N 85.2120861°W / 41.0537417; -85.2120861

Canterbury School
Scolarum Cantuariensium
3210 Smith Road and 5601 Covington Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana, Allen County 46804
United States
Type Independent, College Preparatory
Motto Integritas in Omnibus
(Integrity in all things)
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination non denominational
Established 1977
Headmaster Bill Ennist
Directors Robert Schantz (HS), Fraser Coffeen (MS), Katie Burrows (LS), Cherie Bowen (EC)
Faculty 119
Teaching staff 111
Grades Early Childhood - Grade 12
Enrollment 1,025 (2016-2017)
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Campus suburban
Campus size 71 acres - two campuses
Slogan Artist. Athlete. Scholar.
Song Canterbury School Song
Fight song Canterbury Fight Song (to the tune of On Wisconsin)
Athletics conference IHSAA
Sports Soccer
Mascot Cavalier
Team name Canterbury Cavaliers
Rival Homestead Spartans
Accreditation ISACS
Newspaper The Untitled Paper
Yearbook Excalibur
Endowment $25 million+

Canterbury School is an independent, college preparatory day school for students age 2 through Grade 12. The school is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. The school was ranked the best private day school in Indiana by Niche in 2017.


Canterbury was established in 1977, by several families, and others. Canterbury School opened at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Fort Wayne. It was a nondenominational, self-supported school with 89 students in kindergarten to grade 6. It sought to inspire and motivate students while instilling Christian values and morals, cultivating an appreciation for the fine arts, developing foreign language skills, and setting high standards for teaching and learning. It continued to grow and within three years, it outgrew its church setting. In 1980, it relocated to the vacant Fort Wayne Community Schools building on Covington Road. When Jonathan Hancock arrived as the fourth headmaster in 1983, he oversaw Canterbury’s expansion to grade 12. In 1987, the year the first seniors graduated from Canterbury, the school grew yet again, opening a campus for grades 9 to 12 on Smith Road. Programs for students as young as 2 were added that year, providing opportunities for children of every age to meet and embrace the educational challenges envisioned by those caring and dedicated parents who first served as an example of what can be achieved. In 2007-2008, the school expanded both campuses.

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