Our Philosophy



Burnham Brook School is a private school in Canterbury, New Hampshire, with a distinct philosophy of education. We are a community of learners dedicated to first experiencing and then explaining the world around us, both in and out of the classroom.

Challenging Curriculum

The challenging curriculum your student follows encourages all learners to maximize their learning. Highly qualified teachers at our day school present a structured language-based program that brings encouragement for all levels of achievement, regardless of age or previous success. We strive to help students develop their skills and build confidence in their ability to be a successful student as well as a productive member of any community they may join. Our curriculum follows the maxim, "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."

At Burnham Brook School We:

  • Value each member of the school community.
  • Cherish learning
  • Use research-based teaching methods.
  • Help each student to reach his full potential.
  • Integrate environmental education with academics across the curriculum.
  • Offer small group instruction with flexible grouping that allows students who are advanced in one area to be challenged while receiving help in other areas of need.
  • Believe in always raising the bar
  • Offer curriculum that goes over and above the New Hampshire State Standards

We Are A Community In Which:

  • Communication is open, respectful, encouraging, and synergistic.
  • We accept responsibility for ourselves, our actions, and our learning.
  • We recognize and utilize the unique gifts of each student, teacher, and parent.
  • Communication skills are directly taught and then reinforced both in the classroom and on the playground.

How We Encourage Growth

  • We teach to the wide range of learning styles.
  • We value and encourage personal, emotional, social, and intellectual development.
  • We offer individualized challenges and provide the support necessary for success.
  • We encourage healthy risk-taking, knowing that we learn from both our successes and our failures.
  • Students who have struggled elsewhere shine both here and at their subsequent high schools.
  • Burnham Brook School is a safe place in which to learn.
Contact us in Canterbury, New Hampshire, for more information about our private school's philosophy.