5 Locations In Metro Area, Shawnee Mission, KS | Directions 6620938.908918 -94.663481
Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat Closed, Sun Closed
Neighborhoods: Corporate Lakes At Metcalf
We have attended Canterbury for almost 2 years now and we have 3 children there. I cannot give enough praise to this academy. Before our oldest turned 2 she could count to 10 in Spanish, say all her colors in Spanish and spell her name. That is just the tip of what they teach here. They are a real teaching academy!!! Also, almost all the teachers at the academy have been there since we started 2 years so that should be a real testimony to how well all the teachers love it as well. I would recommed a thousand times over. Best education especially for little ones.
This school system is the best in Kansas City. Two of my children have attended two of their schools with amazing results. I can certainly vouch for the fact that they are sometimes tough to get into though. I had good results with the Prep school in OP and the Briarcliff school. I did have to wait for an opening to become available for my infant a few years ago, even though I was already in the school with my preschooler. I guess this is what happens when a school is so good, though. It is worth it! They really stress the structure and the academics for preschoolers. My neighbor is a BV kindergarten teacher and she told me that the teachers find out ahead of time who the Canterbury kids are because they all want them in their class. I believe her. My first grader is way ahead in public school now, and her little sister seems to be learning even more in preschool. Really a school that is worth waiting for. Maybe they need to expand...
This organization has very bad communication and will change their policies as they go, without notifying you and without giving you a chance to change your decision to stay with them. We signed up in December for August time frame at the OP prep school. We called a week later and asked to move our reservation to Olathe because we were moving. They confirmed we had a spot in Olathe and that they moved the reservation. As it turns out, they did not understand or miscommunicated internally and put us on a wait list in Olathe that doesn't have a spot available until February of NEXT year and we weren't notified until they called us in August asking us where our kid was and why they weren't in Overland Park. They have now decided to hold our deposit ransom and refuse to refund us because "there is a spot available" even though we clearly stated back in December that the Overland Park location wasn't going to work for us. This "policy" was never in the contract we signed and we weren't told that they were putting us on a wait list and/or that we wouldn't get back our deposit if that spot in Olathe wasn't available when OP did have a spot. We had to go out of our way to find a new provider now LAST MINUTE and on top of that, they won't refund us the deposit. Unbelievable. And this is coming from their DIRECTOR!! If it's that bad at the top, I can't imagine how bad it would have been if we took our kid here.
Amazing school! Everyone is friendly, helpful, and happy. Even the parents coming in and out really love their school. I toured and enrolled on the same day after looking at about six other schools. No one knows as much about infant safety, and I am already impressed with what my preschooler has learned. A must see!
Dirty, Had Liquor by Front Door – I went on a tour of this place and it was dirty, overpriced, had really small classrooms and worst of all there was Meyer's Liquor on a table near the front door!!
They need to get out a vacuum and lower their prices!
Their name doesn't fit what you find inside.
Canterbury knows smart kids! – This school really understands how to teach. They are the only school I have seen that actually tests the kids and they even adjusted the program for my son. I love what this has done for my 4 year old, who has been there for two years now. We just started his little sister in the infant room, where they have the coolest technology. I know what my baby is doing every minute of the day. there is nothing else like them around.
Best Academic Preschool Choice – As East Coast transplants we were searching for a "real preschool", one with actual teachers and actual learning. We looked everywhere and even tried out another school for about a month. Thank God we ened up at Canterbury after a new (local) friend told us about their experience. We expect our twins to go to college and compete at a high level academically and we know that this process starts early. So does this school. They are organized, well-established, and effective. OK, it doesn't hurt that they were started by New Englanders, too! Worth every penny!
Not what it seems – Although the curriculum is outstanding they can't keep quality teachers. Their turn over rate is extremely high and ever since opening new schools and becoming a chain......things have only gotten worse. They are no different than a La Petite or any other day care in town- just more expensive.
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