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Culver Academies

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.

General Info:

Address: 1300 Academy Road, Culver, Indiana 46511
Phone: (574) 842-7100
Website: www.culver.org


Q&A with Culver Academies:

What makes Culver Academies unique?

Since 1894, Culver Academies has been turning out capable and confident young people who understand the obligation of leadership and are committed to using their unique gifts and talents in service to their communities.

As one of the nation’s top boarding schools, Culver offers an extraordinary education through Culver Girls Academy and Culver Military Academy, all on a beautiful lakeside campus just a short drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. From a collaborative learning model that emphasizes student-led inquiry to a focus on inclusion and opportunities for global study, from out-of-the-ordinary courses like the Practice of Innovation and Equine Sculpting to vibrant programs in athletics and the arts, Culver invites students to play an active role in shaping their futures.

Culver alumni hold positions of leadership in nearly every profession. Together, they represent a thriving global network of doctors and lawyers, scholars and scientists, military leaders and public servants, innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs, united by their shared Culver heritage and embodiment of our most cherished values.

Culver is a choice, an opportunity, a game-changer.

What is Culver’s age/grade range?

Culver offers a co-educational, boarding school experience for students in grades 9-12.

Culver Summer Schools and Camps (https://www.culver.org/summer) offer summer programs for campers ages 7-17.

What is Culver’s enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?

The application deadline for admission, financial aid, and Distinguished Scholarship consideration is January 15, 2021. Decisions will be released on March 1, and Culver’s enrollment deadline is May 1, 2021.

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Does Culver offer financial assistance?

Yes! Culver offers over $13 million in financial assistance each year. Financial assistance is offered in the form of need-based financial aid and merit scholarship for qualified students. Visit www.culver.org/afford for more information.

What are the standard school day hours?

In a typical year, 96% of our students choose to board. The day starts for students around 7:30AM, and classes begin at 8:30AM. Students rotate through 4, 85-minute class periods each day, and wrap up the school day at 3:15PM. Students are able connect with faculty members from 3:15PM – 4:15PM each day, and athletics and co-curricular activities take place from 4:15PM – 6:00PM. Student-led organizations meet from 6:00PM – 7:30PM, and a structured study period takes place from 8:00PM – 10:00PM. Lights are out by 11:00PM each evening.

Wednesdays follow a special schedule that allows for residential life leadership training and bi-weekly All School Meetings.

Does Culver offer before/after school care? Does Culver Academies offer afterschool activities?

In a sense, yes. Students are engaged in on-campus activities all throughout the day and on the weekends.

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Is there a uniform or dress code?

Yes.

Cadet clothing is referred to as a “uniform,” and while there are varieties of uniforms, cadets dress similarly in the “uniform of the day.” Culver expects cadets to develop a sense of pride in their personal appearance. Cadets must be clean shaven, have their hair properly cut and combed, have leather and brass shined, have uniforms neat and clean, have shirts tucked in, wear hats properly when outdoors, and have
items fully buttoned.

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The CGA wardrobe permits choices in daily wear by offering a variety of styles that may be mixed and matched on most days. It is intended to be tailored, classic, and traditional in appearance and our students are expected to be neat, clean, and well-groomed.

Regulation recreational attire (“reg rec”) includes any item purchased or distributed from the Bookstore, Uniform Department, or the Athletic Department which is marked as Culver or CGA. Club, unit, and dorm T-shirts approved by Student Life also constitute regulation recreational attire. Reg rec may be worn on campus Sunday-Friday from 3:15 p.m.– 8:00 p.m and on Saturdays until 8:00 p.m.

Students dressed in regulation recreational attire

How many children attend Culver? How many students are in the average classroom?

Enrollment at Culver Academies is 838 for the 2020-21 academic year. The average class size is 14 students.

Does Culver offer support for students with special needs?

Culver offers a variety of resources for students with learning differences.

What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does Culver offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?

A full listing of Culver’s extensive course offerings is available here: https://www.culver.org/academics/course-catalog/courses-available

UNIQUE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Students at Culver learn by doing – honing their knowledge through unrivaled experiences.
• Integrated leadership curriculum: focused on servant leadership and character development
• Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur: program crafted around action learning including a gourmet coffee and tea shop, entirely managed by students
• Global Pathways Spring Program: 100+ students travel the world each year participating in cultural exchange and service opportunities
• Horsemanship Program: Teaching wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice on horseback since 1897 touting 17 presidential inaugural appearances

ATHLETICS
Through healthy and high-level competition, students learn sportsmanship, display and develop their knowledge and skills, and become part of something bigger than themselves.
• 59 teams
• 20 girls sports
• 21 boys sports
• 51% of student-athletes play two or more sports
• 82% of students participate in athletics

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SPIRITUAL LIFE
Culver students are provided with a diverse array of integrated programs, traditional religious services, and contemplative practices to help develop their spirit, define their values, and demonstrate their character in relationship with the global community.
• 13 Spiritual Life service options
• 8 Spiritual programs

What extra safety measures is Culver taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Culver Academies is taking a layered approach to safety this school year. No single element of our plan will eliminate risk, but taken together our protocols will significantly decrease COVID-19 related risk on campus. Specifically, the school will focus on routine, weekly testing of all students, staff, and faculty for the active COVID-19 coronavirus; increase our cleaning procedures; mandate the wearing of masks at all times on campus unless in their own personal space (own dorm/barracks room) or when seated at the Dining Hall or Shack.

Who should parents contact for more information about Culver Academies?

Parents and interested students can request their viewbook and more information here: https://www.culver.org/admissions/requestinfo

Families may also contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or (574) 842-7100.

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