Parent Reviews

Parent Reviews

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We love to hear from our parents! We encourage you to read the Parent Reviews for Canterbury Schools below. We are also happy to connect you with one of our current parents via e-mail or phone so you can get their feedback on what we believe is the top preschool around!

Great school with great teachers! so loving and caring!! my children loved miss Susan so much!! she is so passionate about her job!

Ketie 5 stars - Excellent

What a blessing it is to have our daughter here! We feel as though the leadership team, teachers and staff are always willing to listen, love and treat our child as though she is the most important one there! I would highly recommend this school and location to anyone who wants their child to be taken care of, loved and in the BEST care!

Kristen A. 5 stars - Excellent

I am actually not a parent at this school! I happen to work as an assistant to a photographer! Our Company was booked to take pics of their awesome kiddos for three days, April 17-19, 2017! We shoot pictures everyday at different schools! This school is by far the best I have ever witnessed! From the Director to the kitchen staff we’re amazing! They truly care about the children and treat them as their own! Emily and Michelle were absolutely amazing to work with! I wish I could name everyone who works there! However, it’s not easy remembering everyone’s names! If you are a parent whose child attends this awesome school, you should be proud!

Kelly C. 5 stars - Excellent

“My son started out two days per week in preschool and then became full time. I was very emotional about my decision to put Simon in a structured all day school environment at three years old. He isn’t one to jump into situations with both feet and I was concerned about how the transition would be from a home daycare to all day school. I had expressed my feelings (through words and tears) to his teacher when we started. She never treated me like a neurotic and overprotective mother. Instead, she empathized with my fears and reassured me about the transition process. She gave my son the extra attention he needed in the beginning and gave me the feedback I needed every day when I picked him up. His basic need of security was met with flying colors and He flourished quickly in his new environment. Canterbury has continued to give my son the emotional support that he requires, but has also done an exceptional job of introducing new skills to him in a non-threatening fashion. He is so proud of the information he has acquired and attributes much of it to his preschool. The staff have exceptional abilities to interact with the children. His teacher has a firm tone when necessary to provide her with classroom control, however she also has a calmness to her demeanor that assures the children that while she means business, she is still in control of her emotions and genuinely cares for their well-being. His teachers do an excellent job of refocusing the class by redirection of their attention with an activity as opposed to putting out fires through reprimands. Simon is my first child. He is a bright and beautiful little boy. I guard him with my life. I am relieved that I found a place with staff and leaders who understand the fragility of the early years of a child’s life as well as the tender emotions of a “green” parent. I am grateful for Canterbury’s help in raising my son and for loving him like I do.”

“My three children have attended Canterbury from 2002-2013, and have transitioned successfully from infants all the way up through grade school. I trust the teachers and staff implicitly with my children’s welfare and education and would not send them anywhere else!! My children have thrived in their time at Canterbury and have learned valuable social and academic skills that I know will serve them well as they move through their lives. My oldest two are in public schools now and continue to perform well above the curve and are well-balanced and highly respected students. My youngest is still in Pre-K at Canterbury but will transition to Kindergarten next year. He is on the same track as the other two and is more than prepared to make the next step in his education. My middle daughter attended Kindergarten at Canterbury as well. We decided to put her in the Kindergarten program at Canterbury instead of leaving her in Pre-K for another year simply because of her age. My other two children were born at the right time of year to be the right age to attend public school out of the pre-K program at Canterbury, but my middle daughter was born early in the fall and just missed the cutoff for public school even though she was more than ready academically for Kindergarten. Despite being young, my daughter thrived in this environment. I felt that the teaching style allowing kids to learn each subject at their own pace while continuing to challenge them to improve their abilities was a great fit for my daughter. Being in an environment with older kids where she could partner with and learn from them helped keep her challenged and interested in school and the curriculum was amazing. She absolutely loved it and we were amazed at how much progress she made throughout the year. She was reading at a 2nd grade level after her Canterbury Kindergarten experience!”

“I do not know if there is enough paper in the world for me to write how grateful I am for everything that you have done for Nick in his time with Canterbury. Everyone was so open to him and didn’t think any differently of him because he has autism. You were all willing to allow Nick to turn the office lights on and off, every time he entered and exited the school, for more than a year. And it was always allowed without a bat of an eye, just a warm smile. You helped us to potty train Nick by giving him special attention as he was learning. You had structure in all of his classes, which was a great comfort to him. You provided a wonderful environment for him to develop better social skills with his peers. Nick, for the most part, engaged only in parallel play at the time he started at Canterbury. I can’t say what it means to me to hear him identify all of his classmates by name, and talk about his little “girlfriends” he has had in the last year. To see him interacting with his classmates has been such a joy for me. You taught Nick so many things, causing him to do things at home like “circle feet” and singing to us in Spanish. You took care of him if he was feverish or had a rash, and gave him hugs when he needed them. You listened when we talked about Nick’s special needs and the most effective ways to meet those needs, and none of it fazed any of you. This is what endears me to your school the most; as you know, very few day care facilities would even consider taking a child like Nick, and the one he was in prior to Canterbury “fired” him because he “ran out of the room too much”. In reality, it was because they were not willing to take another 60-120 seconds to teach Nick something using a different technique because of his autism. Your staff made a big red stop sign for each door, hung at Nick’s eye level, that he loved to read and loved to give the right answer when you asked what it said, “It says stop, Nick!”. Everyone on your staff goes the extra mile and they should all be commended for it. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for helping my little boy to become a little man. And thank you for seeing him the way his family and I see him; an adorable little boy full of brains in his head and so much love in his heart. His father, his grandparents, the whole family, and myself, we are all eternally grateful to you.”

“It is my goal as Carson’s mother to secure a “second best” to his father and me for his care and education. We continue to have this experience with Canterbury. Carson is thriving and happy. His motor skills are fantastic (he is excellent with crayon holding and using his utensils) and his progress in vocalization and using words is amazing to us. He is recalling his numbers and demonstrating shape recognition at home which is most impressive for a 20m old. This is because of his teachers. The teachers are engaging to him and strong partners to his father and me. Most importantly at this age – I want Carson loved and secure. Loved and secure is what he is. Every teacher he has encountered while under the care of Canterbury has loved him. After the devastation at Sandy Hook- Canterburyresponded with emotion and most importantly action – highlighting your emergency response strategy, how you have already leveraged it and the experts and things you want to revisit and when we could expect to hear more. This was all on top of already having top notch security mechanisms in place in your facility (the locks, the storm shutters). We didn’t experience this with our older son’s school and to this day have heard nothing. Carson is happy, thriving, safe and LOVED at Canterbury. As parents, we are blessed to have you.”

“I think I can summarize it in a few words, school is doing awesome with the kids! Now for some details, the curriculum from what I see is good and I think it has a good balance between a traditional Montessori and a traditional day care for that age group. Thesupporting staff is great and they treat allkids alike! I like the “fitkids” program and it fits perfectly both in time and its purpose. The Valentine, Christmas, Halloween parties etc are very well arranged and provide a festive atmosphere to kids.”

“Our oldest child sadly passed away at an in-home daycare after she was placed to sleep in an unsafe sleep environment. She was only three months old. When we lost our daughter, our world was shattered and our trust was completely lost. I didn’t think there was any way I could ever leave a child, especially an infant in someone else’s care. When I got pregnant with our second child, we decided that no matter the sacrifice, I was going to stay home with him for at least a year. My husband and I couldn’t bear the thought of trusting someone else with our infant. Life happens and things get expensive, so around his first birthday, we decided I should go back to work. I was excited because I have a passion and love for what I do but very nervous and hesitant when it came to choosing childcare. I got a job at the office right next door to Canterbury Infant Academy. I spoke with my boss about my high expectations for child care and my hesitation and anxiety of leaving my child in someone else’s care. She told me about Canterbury and how much she and her kids both loved it there. I decided to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw. I was impressed with the toddler rooms and how the kids and the teacher interacted. I also wanted to see the infant room. I had the bar set extremely high when it came to infant care. I was very pleased and impressed with what I saw in the infant room, I had never seen a facility that had sleep apnea monitors and cameras above each crib. I was also impressed with the amount of attention and emphasis on SIDS, SIDS awareness, and the infant policies. I felt relieved that there was so much information on safe sleep and the overall safety of the infants in the information folder. By seeing the infant room, I knew that the babies were well taken care of and for the first time I felt like this was a place that I could actually trust to keep our son safe. We enrolled our son in Canterbury and have been very pleased ever since. Since our son has attended Canterbury, he has learned so much. He has learned things that we never would have known how to teach him, such as sign language. He has an extensive vocabulary and he can recognize numbers, letters, colors, animals, body parts, and so many other things. We are very happy and impressed with the amount that he has learned since he has been attending Canterbury. He has developed great social skills and talks about his friends. He loves going to school. We are grateful that we have found such a great place to take our son. The teachers and staff at Canterbury have been so wonderful to us and have treated our son with the utmost of care. The staff at Canterbury has helped us regain our trust in child care providers and we feel confident and comfortable leaving our son in their care. We are now expecting another baby in June. When I return to work, both of our kids will be attending Canterbury. My husband and I have developed trust in Canterbury and we feel comfortable and confident leaving our new baby in their care. Knowing how much our son has learned and how much he loves to go to school and be with his friends and teachers, we want to say thank you to everyone at Canterbury for helping us to put our minds at ease.”

“Our oldest son began Canterbury at five months. He is now three and a half and attends Canterbury five days a week. He has made great friends and we are constantly thrilled and impressed by all that he is learning at school. As working parents, we only have a few hours at night with the kids and knowing that both our three year old and one year old receive balanced curriculum and structure in a nurturing setting throughout the day allows us to enjoy free time and play at night before bed. We recommend Canterbury with the highest regard!”

“We were blessed the day we first walked into Canterbury. The friendly staff immediately made us feel like family. Three years later, we have a 3 year old and a 1 year old enrolled. The other families and kids have been so fun to be around. Trusting someone else with your most precious little people is hard but there is not any place or anyone we would rather trust our kids with than the awesome administration and loving staff of Canterbury.”

“As parents, we have watched Jack thrive and learn – not only academically, but also, socially and behaviorally. His age-relative discipline and judgment has consistently improved, and we credit Canterbury’s structured environment and caring, concerned teachers for this steady, positive growth. His reading and math skills are remarkable for a 6 year old. He is able to problem solve and handle social situations in a manner far better than his non-Canterbury peers. His creativity has been unleashed and focused in a manner that his artwork production, and his willingness to perform artistic exercises, is heightened to what will likely be a lifetime of enjoyment of the arts. Jack has a basic understanding of foreign language and knows some Spanish. The baseline provided by Canterbury has aided my attempts to expand Jack’s ability to speak conversational Spanish. We appreciate that Jack has consistently enjoyed great teachers in the classroom and at recess. We appreciate the fact that he was kept with the same teachers through his early years, and as much as has been possible in grade school. In sum, we believe that Canterbury has improved nearly every facet of Jack’s life through the years he has attended the school. We appreciate the fact that when the school uniform color was changed that we were allowed to trade in “old” uniform shirts for new ones with no added expense. We appreciate the extra-curricular activities provided such as music and athletics. We appreciate the school plays, Christmas concert and school carnivals. These are terrific events that let Jack feel school pride and achievement. They give parents a great opportunity to praise their children for hard work and performance. The school play last year was nothing less than remarkable with regard to the production and the talent displayed by the very young students. The fact that Jack has been on stage, delivered memorized lines at the right time will most likely give him confidence later in life when he is called upon to perform in any manner in front of a group. The school provided him with a successful baseline experience from which he can grow.”

“We feel very fortunate to have had Canterbury schools educate our daughter. She has grown into an intelligent, caring, and considerate individual due in no small part to the influence of Canterbury. The curriculum in the classroom provides the structure and stimulation our daughter needs to thrive, while also allowing time for free play to discover new skills and solve problems independently. Our daughter is challenged at Canterbury to move beyond her current abilities and learn at the next level, creating pride and self-value. The creativity in each Canterbury classroom inspires our daughter to explore art, music and her vast imagination outside of school. The compassion by her teachers creates a secure environment where she can build confidence in her behavior and know the opportunity exists to learn from her mistakes. The enthusiasm of the teachers is contagious. The lines of communication are always open. Information about lessons, evaluations, behavior, illnesses, and boo-boos are consistently provided in a responsible and respectful manner. The director’s door is always open. We truly could not be happier with Canterbury schools and their partnership with us to care for our daughter.”

“When I first walked into Canterbury, I instantly like the atmosphere. It is a clean and sunny facility. The playgrounds are safe and spacious with nicely-sized “bike paths.” My son turned into a tricycle-pedaling machine from the extra practice he has on his favorite “blue bike.” We love the FitKids program. My son has learned so much about his favorite sports- basketball, football, soccer, baseball. [He comes home asking about who is on offense and who is on defense! He insists we need a pitcher, catcher and an umpire when we play baseball in the driveway.]I like that he gets extra exercise and has a ton of fun. Thursdays (FitKids day) is his favorite day of the week. . . He asked if he could invite Coach Albert to his birthday party! Peace of mind is so important, and the director sets the tone. Her calm confidence, easy attitude, steady leadership and experience make all the difference. Canterbury’s online system and webcam in the infant room is AWESOME. Being able to check in on my baby’s day, including her bottle and diaper schedule, and sneak a peek at her from my computer was a huge benefit. This was so very helpful as I transitioned back to work after my maternity leave. Canterbury’s holiday schedule and no-snow day policy underscore the accommodating nature of the staff. When practicing the ABC’s at home with my 3 year-old, I ask him to point to his letters. If he needs a hint, I use his Canterbury classmates’ names. He always knows that E is for Emerson and Z is for Zach! The Briarcliff location is ideal.”

“We have been beyond pleased with our daughter’s time at Canterbury Infant Academy. She has learned so much valuable information, and we feel that she is beyond many in her age group because of her time at CIA. She is always a happy kid when we drop her off and pick her up from the Academy, and feel this alone is testimony to her love of her teachers and the support she receives from her friends. We couldn’t be more pleased with her and what she has learned since first beginning at CIA. At 22 months, she can already count to 10, say her ABCs, and spell her name. We work with her at home, but I know this is not something we could accomplish with her by this age without the encouragement and teaching of the staff at CIA. Most importantly, we as a family love the staff and everyone at CIA. We are treated so great, and we do not think that we could receive that kind of personal attention anywhere else.”

“We are proud parents of nearly one-year-old triplets attending at Canterbury Infant Academy, and a preschool graduate of Canterbury Academy. We are thrilled with our experience at Canterbury. The director and the entire staff at the Infant Academy have embraced us with open arms and in true Canterbury spirit have pushed our preemie girls to their highest potential. We know that our girls are getting the best possible care, and that their teachers truly love them, and cannot imagine sending them anywhere else.”

“Right before our daughter turned one, we had the nerve wracking job of finding a new daycare for her because the one she was at decided to close. We started to look at daycare facilities by our home. We knew of two nearby; a close friend told us about a third one – Canterbury Academy. It was the last one that we visited, and as soon as we walked into the building, I felt calm. I don’t think that we even had an appointment that day, but the director was more than happy to give us a tour. Ever since, we have never looked back, questioned or regretted our choice in Canterbury for our child. From the director, to the teachers, each has shown their dedication and compassion through their care, teachings, and daily interactions. After three years, our daughter continues to surprise and amaze us almost every day with her knowledge and skills that she has learned. There are times that she is teaching us! She is in the pre-k class, which will be her last year at Canterbury. There are not enough words to describe her fabulous teachers! Their continued commitment to educating and challenging our child gives us, as parents, the confidence that she will succeed and be ready for “life after Canterbury”. Thank you, Canterbury Academy, for caring and loving our child as much as we do!”

“Canterbury Academy has been such a blessing for our family. When our oldest child changed day care providers to Canterbury 2½ years ago there were concerns about transitioning between the two schools. Our minds were quickly put to ease because of the following:

  • The facility is a clean, maintained and safe environment for our children
  • The staff is friendly and attentive to our needs as parents
  • The teachers are involved with each child and deliver daily feedback about our child’s day and progress
  • The staff is accommodating when special requests are made
  • The “crib cams” in the infant room provided an opportunity see our youngest throughout the day allowing us to feel connected
  • Open all-year round with the exception of major holidays – it is nice to know when it snows outside there is still a place where our children can go to be safe and warm while we work
  • The curriculum is structured, clear and consistent. My children are learning about laws/government, astronomy, arts, history, sports, music, Spanish language, Pre-K work, etc… This has prepared our son for Kindergarten as he is already reading and solving math problems! Our one year old is counting in Spanish and knows many signs from baby sign language that have been introduced to her because of the staff at Canterbury Academy

These are just some of the many reasons that our family loves Canterbury Academy and would proudly recommend it to any family seeking a daycare provider.”

“I think I can summarize it in a few words, school is doing awesome with the kids! Now for some details, the curriculum from what I see is good and I think it has a good balance between a traditional Montessori and a traditional day care for that age group. Thesupporting staff is great and they treat allkids alike! I like the “fitkids” program and it fits perfectly both in time and its purpose. The Valentine, Christmas, Halloween parties etc are very well arranged and provide a festive atmosphere to kids.”

“Our oldest son began Canterbury at five months. He is now three and a half and attends Canterbury five days a week. He has made great friends and we are constantly thrilled and impressed by all that he is learning at school. As working parents, we only have a few hours at night with the kids and knowing that both our three year old and one year old receive balanced curriculum and structure in a nurturing setting throughout the day allows us to enjoy free time and play at night before bed. We recommend Canterbury with the highest regard!”

Parent

“We were blessed the day we first walked into Canterbury. The friendly staff immediately made us feel like family. Three years later, we have a 3 year old and a 1 year old enrolled. The other families and kids have been so fun to be around. Trusting someone else with your most precious little people is hard but there is not any place or anyone we would rather trust our kids with than the awesome administration and loving staff of Canterbury.”

“We are proud parents of nearly 1-year-old triplets attending at Canterbury Infant Academy, and a preschool graduate of Canterbury Academy. We are thrilled with our experience at Canterbury. The director and the entire staff at the Infant Academy have embraced us with open arms and in true Canterbury spirit have pushed our preemie girls to their highest potential. We know that our girls are getting the best possible care, and that their teachers truly love them, and cannot imagine sending them anywhere else.”

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