School Details

The Canterbury Episcopal School

1708 N Westmoreland Rd., De Soto, TX 75115
(972) 572-7200

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-12 265 students 11 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

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About this school

The Canterbury Episcopal School is a private high school in Desoto. The principal of The Canterbury Episcopal School is Mr. Sandy Doerge, whose e-mail is 265 students attend The Canterbury Episcopal School and are mostly Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at The Canterbury Episcopal School is 11:1. Uplift Education-Hampton Prep High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Hispanic 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 44% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 37% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Canterbury is absolutely a great school! Education Education is key here. CES produces Rhodes McDermott Presidential scholars and more. My husband and I are so pleased with the Education and Athletic offerings our children are receiving here. There are no gimmicks here. The teachers are teaching and the staff listens. Love this school. Check it out at You will love it as well! Academic excellence at its best! Go Cougars!!! Over 20 years of educating children K-12 in DeSoto TX!! Diverse student population from all of Dallas and Ellis Counties.

  • (1 year ago)

    Hands down this is the best thing to happen to our child in the last year. He has been though more with the loss of his only parent than any little boy should deal with in his life. The staff at this school has given him a home and his grades reflect their dedication towards supporting us as new parents. Bullying is not tolerated and has been handled with true professionalism at the school. It is a diverse environment that teaches a child how to interact in the real world. All of the other parents have been so warm and accepting of his two Uncles raising him and that shows in how his classmates learn tolerance and good manors. It may not be the biggest school with a huge athletic department but it makes up for that in spirit. Only a very small percentage of students become pro sports stars but if they have a good educational background they will always be successful in life. The school also offers a spiritual accepting atmosphere that does not conflict with your own beliefs but allows for your child to build a good moral compass. This school is worth every penny spent on tuition and gives back a child who smiles and radiates knowledge that grows each day he attends.

  • (1 year ago)

    have a senior here. love it love it. great school. she is really happy there. would not trade her experience for the world!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Canterbury has been a great experience for my children. It has provided a high quality education in a very nurturing environment. You will notice the difference in a Canterbury student. They are confident and secure in themselves and well prepared for the challenges beyond high school. The small environment allows them to be active in many activities beyond the classroom from athletics to debate to art. They would not have the opportunity to be active participants in these programs at a larger school. Bottom line if you're looking for a quality college preparatory education in a safe nurturing environment you should definitely consider Canterbury Episcopal School.

  • (1 year ago)

    What if you knew your kids would be entering a school filled with warmth and happiness? What if you also knew that they were enjoying their day on a beautiful tree lined campus with natural light overflowing into the classrooms? This is what Canterbury Episcopal School means to me. The quality of education is second to none and the teachers continually create a creative and progressive learning environment. And as a parent I'm so grateful that Canterbury does not struggle with typical school challenges (drugs alcohol bullying etc.) The smaller structure helps kids to be accountable to themselves to each other and to the faculty. That is peace of mind that money cannot buy! Canterbury students can focus on their studies their sports their arts programs and their spiritual growth. Canterbury challenges my kids while focusing on what's important -- and all while having fun! Canterbury creates leaders and I am grateful everyday that my two kids attend such an amazing school.

  • (1 year ago)

    As an educator myself I know that no school is perfect - public private charter etc. but for my child Canterbury has proven the best fit academically emotionally and spiritually. There are pros and cons to being a small school but weighing those we have STILL found Canterbury the very best choice. The students families and faculty as a whole LOVE Canterbury and it shows. Walk the halls of this beautiful campus and you will FEEL the difference. Sounds corny but it was absolutely true for us! The middle school its teachers and its leader are AMAZING ...

  • (1 year ago)

    CANTERBURY ROCKS!! Another great year for both of my kids thanks to the teachers and staff! I have a 4th and 11th grader and we couldn't be happier! My son has been attending since kindergarten so that tells you what we think of the school. It's great being at a smaller school where you know all the teachers; I can send an email or call and know that I will get a rapid response. My kids are in a very safe nurturing environment and I am very grateful for this. The academics offered are top notch and compare (and honestly are even better) with other private schools. Both of my kids are getting an awesome education. Looking forward to many more years!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two children in Canterbury and have found the education to be excellent the price to be a great value for college preparatory teachers to be dedicated and the student body to be extremely diverse! We have experienced a safe and loving christian environment. The graduates to date have all attended competitive colleges and have received great honors including a recent Rhode Scholar! We evaluate each year and certainly have found there to be more prestigious more seasoned and better funded options but the road keeps pointing us back to Canterbury! The school is meeting a great need in a wide geographic area in the metroplex where there are very few private K-12 college preparatory schools!

  • (1 year ago)

    Not the school they claim to be. Discipline is confused and unhelpful for the student and the teacher in the classroom. Fights are common and last year fires became the main conversation. Support for teachers by staff is nonexistent. Financing for basic non academic courses unheard of. Students are not monitored during after school hours resulting in dangerous situations. Bullying between students to students teachers to teachers and teachers to students is commonplace and unchecked. This school likens itself to other top private schools in the area but is similar to a mismanaged public school instead. There is little structure and some students last year reported that various teachers did not teach their subjects but chose to show movies daily without instruction and graded randomly. There is no head of school but instead an "acting head of school" or as he calls himself "education provost". There is one handy man to handle every duty around the school and is subsequently overwhelmed with work and paid little. Academics and sports dominate while all other subjects are ignored and unsupported. More students leave than enroll due to these and other issues.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great. They teach a grade level above! My child is in the lower school currently and all the teachers in the lower school are awesome. In this economy you have to make cuts. All schools are feeling the burden even public. I work in education and would never send my child to public school. At Canterbury your child will learn and be taken care of in a Christian environment. I am glad Canterbury doesn't accept anyone who pays their money like Trinity Christian School. TCS is huge and cheaper but the academics are lacking and sports rule the school. If you want your child to have a solid education send them to Canterbury!

  • (1 year ago)

    Parents beware! The school campus looks great. The school presents itself well upon first glance and they talk a great game. Through the years our family has watched the school progressively decline while the price of tuition increases. The school is hurting financially so they continue to cut programs and teachers. You will find a few good teachers at Canterbury but unfortunately too many of them lack the proper training needed to be an effective teacher. In addition to the high price tag there are all kind of hidden costs. Do your homework before you sign on the dotted line.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my son's first year. While the beginning was quite rough due to work load and being new he has risen to the challenge and is now doing the excellent work I knew he could if only he had the right direction. His schoolwork is hands down better than it was at the beginning of the year. He looks forward to going to school and the teachers are so very dedicated. As a proud middle class parent I cannot say that there is any favoritism shown to children from wealthier families. My son has been nurtured and cherished despite the fact that we are unable to write big checks outside of tuition. The children get along fine but there are still the normal classroom politics associated in schools containing human children all over the world. There seems to be far less bullying than in other schools and poor behavior is dealt with strictly ( not harshly ). I appreciate this because it takes some of the social pressure off so the child can concentrate on a rigorous academic program. Bravo Canterbury!!! Keep up the good work!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent of three enrolled in this school I am very satisfied with the education and guidance socially and spiritually my children have received. While the school is a bit smaller than I would like it is improving every year and quantity or course doesn't always produce quality. The student / teacher ratio here is excellent. The teachers administration and parents combine perfectly here to provide a terrific school experience. From sports to strings to Spanish club there is something for everyone. My children enjoy school and look forward to not only interacting with their friends daily but their teachers. The diversity is great and everyone is similiar in one important way - everyone is college ready.

  • (3 years ago)

    Canterbury Episcopal is an outstanding school. Our two children have been at Canterbury since kindergarten and we have been extremely pleased with the quality of the education that they are receiving. The teachers are very well educated and truly care about their students. The academics at Canterbury are first rate and will prepare a student for success in any college they choose to attend (100% of Canterbury graduates attend college). The staff is very supportive of the students and provides a safe and supportive atmosphere. If you're looking for a school for your child I strongly encourage you to take the tour at Canterbury. When you visit the campus observe how the kids get along with one another. Also check out how polite and respectful they are to their teachers and one another. I think you'll like what you see.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have worked at Canterbury for five years and have found it to be a great school. We care about each student and work hard to meet their needs in a challenging curriculum. Small class sizes make individual attention possible and extra assistance is available for every subject. We offer athletic choices and after school activities. My colleagues are well educated and experienced and our administration is supportive of students families and staff. As I type this in the summer I am very excited about the upcoming academic year!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter just completed her first year at The Canterbury Episcopal School and we are quite pleased with the staff academics and athletics. You won't find a better school and I encourage you to take a look at The Canterbury Episcopal School.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school. I have spent half of my career in education (8 of 16 years) here. I have worked in both private and public school systems and by far CES has been the best. We strive to challenge students all the while making learning fun. Yes it does cost to attend as do all private schools but it is worth it. My child will be attending this fall and I am thrilled to know that he will be in a safe and nurturing environment. Just like a family it is not always perfect but we are striving to be the best we can be for the children. I am proud to be a part of it.

  • (3 years ago)

    The Canterbury Episcopal School is located in a beautifully treed area of DeSoto across the street from Thorntree Country Club. One gets a feeling of peace when driving through the campus. The Canterbury staff is truly amazing! The primary school has a very nurturing environment. The teachers there genuinely love and respect each student. The faculty is also extremely knowledgable in their profession. The curriculum is more challenging than what you would find in public school however it is appropriate to the level needed in order to adequately challenge the students who come to Canterbury. The parent support is wonderful! Wherever there is a need parents will step up to help out. There are many fun events that take place throughout the year in the primary school. Students enjoy Book Character Day Dr. Seuss Day Dictionary Day Polar Express Day Earth Day Fall Festival and Texas Trail Ride Day. Compared to most public schools where elementary schools are allowed field trips once a year field trips are allowed once a quarter. The smaller class sizes and fewer grade levels allows field trips and school events to run more smoothly. I highly recommend Canterbury Episcopal!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Canterbury has been a wonderful experience for my son and for our family. He has truly thrived in this environment. I am puzzled by many of the reviews on this site and disagree strongly with most of the negative comments. We actually drive 25 minutes every day for this school & it is worth every mile. I encourage anyone who is looking for a true college prep school one where your child will have an opportunity to play on State Champ atheletic teams a faith-based school to visit for yourself. We love it!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school k-12. Co-ed Culturally socio-economically and ethnically diverse. My graduate was so well-prepared for college that she has been tutoring many in her english biology and math classes. Athletics to academics the opportunities are amazing. I cannot say enough about the staff/administration/teachers they are caring nurturing while remaining challenging. From average to genius they can teach them. Beatuful 37 acre campus great facilities wonderful teachers and leaders. What more could you ask for?

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