Culver Academies Photo #2 - The Culver Mission: Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual - mind, spirit, and body - through integrated programs that emphasize the cultivation of character.
Culver Academies Photo #3 - Culver students learn to comprehend the world in many ways and there is no more authentic instruction in both personal and intellectual development than the study of visual art, music, dance and theatre. We offer studio courses in every discipline, from painting, acting, dance and music ensembles, to history and theory courses.
Culver Academies Photo #4 - Culver's athletic facilities include: golf course (nine holes), polo arena, rowing center, two ice hockey rinks, indoor pool with diving tank, 20 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, fitness center and free weight room, five indoor basketball courts, fencing facility, softball and baseball field, lighted football, soccer and lacrosse fields, and indoor/outdoor track and field facilities.
Culver Academies Photo #5 - Culver's Horsemanship Program includes 4 equestrian teams and 3 honor units. Since 1897, the program has offered students a unique experience in character development and leadership through the ancient bond between horse and rider.
Culver Academies upholds the values of Duty, Honor, Service, and Truth in achieving its vision: to lead the world in whole-person education. We have been developing courageous leaders of honorable character, who are global citizens and lifelong scholars, since 1894.
Located on 1,800 acres along the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Indiana, Culver offers a co-educational, residential experience beyond that of the typical boarding school for students in grades 9-12.
- Top Ranked IN School
- Grades: 9-12
- Enrollment: 832 students
- Yearly Tuition: $54,500
- Acceptance rate: 65%
- Average class size: 14 students
- Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
- Source: Verified school update
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% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
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National avg.: 13:1
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List of Courses Offered
AP Biology, AP Calculus B, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government, AP English Language & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language, AP German, AP Latin - Vergil, AP Literature & Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Honors Elements of Calculus, Honors French 2 & 3, Honors Geometry, Honors Intermediate Algebra, Honors Latin 3, Honors Linear Algebra, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Science Research 1 & 2, Honors Spanish 2 & 3, Honors Visual Art Portfolio
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Jan. 15 / rolling
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Book fees, special program, and uniform costs not included.
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Uniform and special program fees are not included.
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National avg.: 85%
Mr. Steven Pietraszek
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- "Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual mind, spirit, and body through integrated programs that emphasize the cultivation of character."
- The Culver Mission statement is phrased in relatively modern language, but the principles and traditions from which it springs go back to the founding of the school in 1894. It`s this focus on principles, rather than simply a place, that guides us as we meet students` needs, whether it`s during a traditional school year, over the summer, or within the parallel and coeducational, yet unique, systems of the boys and girls schools. Students do not merely attend Culver; they become part of the Culver Story a story that is rooted in tradition and innovation.
- Leadership & Character
- Telling the truth, doing what is right, and considering the needs of others. These are the building blocks of strong character. Building blocks that great leaders in the making come to possess and use as the foundation to hone their skills and strengths.At Culver, we live and lead by example, giving our students and summer campers the tools, the understanding and the moment-by-moment application of what they`ve learned to excel but, more importantly, how to view adversity not as a problem, but as an opportunity to lead others by doing what is right.In the end, Culver graduates thrive in their future endeavors in college, in the workplace and in their personal lives because these values of courage, honor and service to others are at the core of their experience here.
- Academic Excellence
- Culver believes that we should think for ourselves. To that end, Culver does not merely hand students the answers, but rather gives them a deep understanding of every topic and its impact on the world.In a sense, the rigorous exploration demanded by this pursuit of academic truth that feeds into the holistic approach of a character-building Culver education, giving young people the critical thinking skills they need to foster the ability to distinguish the wise from the unwise and the courage and strength to act on those perceptions.
- Holistic Wellness
- Culver`s holistic approach does not stop at the classroom door, nor is it limited to the barracks or dorm. The Culver Mission commands that we develop students "mind, spirit and body." Spirit is intentionally placed in the center, recognizing the balance they need in their life. Our students have a duty to themselves to fulfill their commitments, but also understand the impact making those commitments can have.They are also taught the skills to understand and meet their mental, social, moral, spiritual and physical needs. By teaching them to explore spirituality and morality, Culver students come to learn they have a place in the world, and, more importantly, that what they do matters to others, and that they themselves matter to others, in their unit, in their dorm, and within the greater Culver community. When they leave Culver, they are able to navigate the greater global community and make their way in it confidently and maturely.
- Global Citizenship
- Culver believes that in a diverse community, people overcome their natural inclination to adhere solely to what they know. Culver students live, work, and play in an atmosphere that is naturally diverse. The broad, global perspectives that students, faculty and staff from other countries, cultures and backgrounds bring to academic and residential life only serves to ensure students have a wealth of information to draw on when analyzing and making a decision, and to understand the impact of those decisions on the greater community. And with a residential community where every student plays a key role in the success of that community, the respect for other cultures and traditions is built up, strengthening the experience for everyone.
- Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
- Kath Lingenfelter - Television writer and producer (Westworld, Caprica, The Leftovers, House M.D.)
- Hal Holbrook - Oscar-Nominated Actor
- Frank Batten - Weather Channel founder
- George Steinbrenner - New York Yankees owner
- Bernardo Quintana - Chairman and CEO, ICA Corporation
- Mitchell Henderson - Head Basketball Coach, Princeton University
- Molly Engstrom - Two-time Olympian
- Jon Scieszka - Children's Book Author
- Dr. Sally Hodder - HIV/AIDS researcher
- Miles White - Chairman, Former CEO, Abbott Laboratories
Source: Verified school update
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