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About Canterbury Academy at Briarcliff

Canterbury Academy at Briarcliff is conveniently located just a 1/4 mile south of Briarcliff Village near the intersection of NW Platte Road and Briarcliff Parkway In Kansas City, Missouri. We first opened our doors in 2008 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 2 weeks to 1 year)
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2)
  • Preschool (ages 2 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.

Reviews from Parents

4.2 Rating based on 60 Reviews
carly mcpeak • Google
December 10, 2020
I cannot give enough praise to the new director, Holly. She came into her role as director at this location mid-pandemic and had a huge task to undertake. She has done WONDERFULLY to get the school organized, updated, and keep parents informed. I feel so confident in the care and education that these great teachers are providing my daughter and have really enjoyed all of the positive new changes Holly has made.
Molly Magnuson • Google
September 23, 2020
We started our 3.5 month old at Canterbury recently at have had a great experience so far. In a weird/scary year with lots of unknowns, they have made us feel very comfortable with all the COVID precautions they have taken. It was hard to leave our baby with new faces, but the experience couldn't be better. We get lots of mobile updates on the KidsReport app, and they make sure to keep baby on a good eat sleep awake/play routine, plus lots of enrichment activities as well to help his development. We are glad we chose Canterbury and look forward to our continued time there.
John W. • Yelp
September 08, 2020
I have taken both of my kids here.  Always a pleasure to talk to staff. They take good care of the kids and provide a report of the day via email and/or if you just ask them.  Would recommend it.
Andrew Davis • Google
March 09, 2020
Both of our children attend Canterbury, with our newest addition just starting at the beginning of the year. The child development curriculum has proven to be very adaptable and beneficial for our oldest, 4yo, and the care toward our infant's routines has just reiterated why we place our trust in the kind and professional staff at Canterbury. Our family has experienced great attention toward our children's care and if there has been an issue, such was addressed with the teacher and director immediately, re-emphasizing they truly do care about our children's safety AND development. There is no greater recommendation I'm able to provide than to inform you both of our children continually attend Canterbury Academy.

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