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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 65 Reviews
March 26, 2021
Holly and Lori are fantastic directors. I appreciate them taking care of my little one!
Sara Brouse • Google
March 09, 2021
I have worked at Canterbury Academy for just a short while but I feel like I am part of a team. I just want to thank BOTH Holly and Lori for not only being such great directors but just caring people in general. They genuinely care about me, my health and just me as a person in general. I can honestly say this is one of the few places I’ve worked in however many years I’ve been in this industry that I’ve been cared about by my directors. I’m not just a number to stay in ratio, or just a staff member but a teacher who is cared about and I greatly appreciate that . I also really appreciate them both for how much they care about my son Mason who attends in the 2 year old room, it truly warms my heart ❤️
Thomas Onik • Facebook
March 02, 2021
Canterbury Academy at Briarcliff has exceeded our expectations. We have a 1 year old, and the teachers are fantastic with him! We do not worry at all during the day while at work. We love it here! Thank you Canterbury!
Thomas O. • Yelp
February 18, 2021
Our son was born in 2020, just as the pandemic struck. As you can imagine we were scared to death of everything to say nothing of the virus. We both work, so finding professional and trusted care for our child was a priority.  We cannot believe how lucky we were to find Canterbury AND that a spot was open. The teachers and staff are so wonderful with our son, so knowledgeable.  The best part, if he is not feeling well, or acting "off," they are the first to call you and report it!  Love the updates and pictures we get throughout the day on the School's app. Track food and dirty diapers.  Canterbury is fantastic!  We do not worry about our son at all during the day.  Love it here!!-Thomas & Hilary

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