About Us

Who are We?

Canterbury Elementary School is a K-5th grade school and is part of the Shaker Regional School District located in the Lakes region of New Hampshire. Our school is located in Canterbury, NH, a small town with a rich history including the Canterbury Shaker Village. 

Our Philosophy:

A child’s education is a team effort. It is one that requires the dedicated efforts of our staff, students, parents, and the community as a whole. The staff of Canterbury Elementary School recognizes each child as a unique individual. We strive to provide each student with the opportunities to learn, develop, and succeed to his or her fullest capacity. Our goals are that through quality instruction and curriculum Canterbury students will master skills that are basic to life, develop responsible attitudes, develop a sense of self-respect and a respect for those around them and display continuous academic and social growth.

The support of the entire community is essential to quality education. In our school students are expected to make the most of all learning opportunities, and as a staff we feel that constant communication between parents and the school is an important factor in our total educational program.

It is our goal to make learning a positive, interesting and rewarding life experience for the children of our school. 

Canterbury Elementary School is a Blue-Ribbon school. This award was presented to Canterbury Elementary in 2012. 


On September 7, 2012 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.

Canterbury Elementary School was chosen as an “Exemplary High Performing” school.