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About Canterbury Academy at Prairie Ridge
Canterbury Academy at Prairie Ridge is conveniently located near the intersection of College Boulevard and S Ridgeview Rd in Olathe, Kansas. We first opened our doors in August 2007 and we strive every day to create an enriching environment where your child will thrive.
Our trained, qualified, and caring staff takes a hands-on approach to learning and provides quality programming and dedicated teachers for children from when they join us as toddlers all the way through 3rd grade. Our students are encouraged to be active and creative explorers, as well as independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners. Each child is treated as an individual and encouraged to progress at his or her natural ability while still reaching desired age-level goals.
- Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year)
- Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2.5)
- Preschool (ages 2.5 to 4)
- Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5)
Our primary objective at Canterbury Academy is to provide the most enriching environment to facilitate a child’s development. We believe that every child has the ability to learn and to teach, and that a child who enjoys learning will always seek challenges in life.
Our programs are based upon the Montessori principles of self-direction and experiential education. We promote a thoughtful and sensitive atmosphere in each classroom, and we support cooperation between children as they learn from one another.
What Makes Us Unique
Canterbury Academy schools are known for our warmly decorated, homelike environment. Our family-friendly policy is one that welcomes parent visits any time of the day. We host monthly events and parties celebrating major holidays that create a fun, celebratory feel on campus. We also offer age-appropriate playgrounds and outdoor learning environments.
Breakfast and a hot, nutritious lunch is made on-premises by our full-time cook and served each day along with regularly scheduled snacks.
We are conveniently located in north Olathe near the southeast corner of College Boulevard and S Ridgeview Road, close to both the 10 and 35 freeways. Some of our neighboring communities include Northwood Trails, Falcon Ridge, Woodland Manor, Mill Creek Farms, Woodland Meadows, Woodland Hills Reserve. We are proud to serve the following elementary schools: Washington, Mahaffie, Northview, Ravenwood, Millbrooke, Woodland, Meadow Lane and Manchester Park.
Ben Engle has been the Director at Canterbury Academy at Prairie Ridge for 2 years. Prior to becoming a director, Mr. Ben was a preschool teacher with Canterbury for 2 years and with Head Start for 4 years. He completed the Canterbury Method Montessori Course during his time as a preschool teacher at Canterbury. Mr. Ben has many years of experience working with children from all backgrounds and abilities and understands the unique needs of each child.
Mr. Ben graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Sports and Fitness Management from the School of Education. Having received the Leadership Award from the School of Education at the University of Kansas, Mr. Ben has the qualities to guide children and their families through their early childhood years. Watching children grow, learn new things, and interacting with all of the families are areas of his job that Mr. Ben enjoys the most.
In his spare time, Mr. Ben enjoys watching sports and spending time with his wife, Michelle, and his children, Brenna and Landon.
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