Canterbury High School (Accokeek, Maryland)

Canterbury High School (Accokeek, Maryland)

Canterbury High School (Accokeek, Maryland)

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Canterbury School was a private secondary school located in Accokeek, Maryland on the grounds of Christ Episcopal Church. It opened in 1961 and closed in 2000.

Profile (as of 1999-2000)

  • 1999-2000 school year: 48 students were enrolled
  • More than half of the student body belonged to ethnic minorities
  • The school employed 10 teachers and 3 administrative and support staff
  • Grades offered: 6-12
  • Degree conferred: high school diploma


During its golden years, Canterbury was a highly regarded institution in the region. Compared to other private secondary schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Canterbury was inexpensive and a much less stressful commute for students living in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. Canterbury was well known for both its athletic and academic programs. Unfortunately, the school did not sustain this reputation and enrollment began to decline. While some speculate that this was due to racist reaction to population changes in the area, the true reason for its decline remains unclear.

Despite falling enrollment and an all-but-dissolved athletic program, Canterbury maintained efforts to restore itself. In the 1990s, however, questionable financial decisions and actions of the headmistress left the school in dire straits. Because of the school's progressive and liberal ideas, and declining attendance at its supporting parish, the school was suffering from a deficient budget. In the 1998-1999 school year, a new headmaster—Peter Meade,...
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