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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.

Programs Offered:

  • 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 Philosophy

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.

Our Location

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.

Our Team

Ben Engle

Ben Engle


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.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 68 Reviews
Megan Pyle • Google
March 01, 2021
I’ve been working at the Olathe location for awhile now. The working environment is very clean, organized and friendly. I like that the directors are involved with the kids just about as much as the teachers, they’re always ready to step in and help. The curriculum we use is great, the kids get to do so many hands on activities, it’s something new every day.
Aasha C. • Yelp
February 24, 2021
My son is in one of the toddler classrooms at Canterbury and we love it! He is so happy there and learns SO much.  I am constantly amazed at his growth. The staff does a very good job at communicating to parents via email and via phone when necessary. All the classrooms have multiple iPads to keep the parents updated about their child throughout the day through an app. I look at it multiple times a day while at work, I can always count on a smiling picture of my boy! With the pandemic this year, Canterbury has done a great job at keeping the children safe and keeping the parents informed. Staff and teachers are so sweet and genuinely love and care for the children. Highly recommend.
Amanda Baron • Facebook
February 16, 2021
The curriculum allows for well rounded learning and fun throughout the day.
Sara Mayse Donnelly • Facebook
December 02, 2020
We are so pleased with Canterbury and the amazing staff there. We came to this center after a horrible experience at another well known center in Johnson County. At our previous daycare, the communication was very poor, we felt like a number and the final straw came when we received a call from child protection services that our child had been a victim of alleged physical abuse by a staff member. Needless to say, it was going to take a lot for me to feel comfortable and find trust in any daycare center moving forward. I can say without a doubt Canterbury Prairie Ridge quickly eased my fears and gave me confidence that quality daycare exists. The staff retention and consistency in caregivers has exceeded my expectations. At our previous daycare she had a new lead teacher every three months (sometimes more frequently). At Canterbury her lead teachers have been employed at the center for years. She knows all the staff and the directors are actively involved. Her teachers genuinely care about her and us as a family. The learning and fun that takes place there is more than I expected; I’m amazed as my child is learning sight words and beginning to read at the age of 4. She is excited to go each day and talks about all of the fun she had each evening. Most of all, I appreciate the communication and safety of the school. The directors are friendly and quick to respond to any issues. They have been proactive and clear about protocols related to COVID, they do an excellent job organizing special events, and most of all I feel my concerns and questions are addressed appropriately. Canterbury Prairie Ridge has been exceptional and I highly recommend them to anyone seeking quality daycare! We have been at this center almost two years so I feel confident giving this review. I only wish that we had started our daycare experience with them!

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