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At a Glance

2013 -2014

Students Athletics Academics Summer Leadership Alumni Spirit

Leadership By Example

Culver provides the best whole person education in the country and is the only college preparatory boarding school and summer camp offering an intentional and differentiated leadership program for its young women and young men. Students do not merely attend Culver; rather, they create a community through leadership, developing relationships that last a lifetime. Culver excellence is enhanced by legions of loyal alumni who provide unprecedented and innovative resources. When thoughtful educators discuss the qualities necessary for success in today’s world, they end up describing Culver. John Buxton, Head of Schools

At a

Glance Founded 1894

Culver Military Academy


Summer Schools & Camps


Culver Girls Academy



Culver, Indiana,

Culver St. Louis


Located on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee in


2 hours north of Indianapolis; 2 hours southeast of Chicago.

Students They come from • • • • • • • •

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut District of Columbia


• • • • • • • •

Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine


• Canada • China • Dominican Republic • Ecuador • Guatemala • Hong Kong • Hungary • Italy • Japan • Kazakhstan • Korea • Mexico

• Nigeria • Russia • Saudi Arabia • Somalia • Spain • Switzerland • Taiwan • United Kingdom • Venezuela • Vietnam • Yugoslavia

• • • • • • • •

Eager Distinct Ambitious

38 states

Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Nebraska Nevada

• New Jersey • New York • North Carolina • Ohio • Oklahoma • Pennsylvania • Tennessee • Texas

• Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

In 2013 - 2014, total enrollment is


are female

810 59 % are male


live on campus as boarding students


of the student body is international


Talented Qualified Diverse

Tuition/Room & Board is

$43,000 2014 - 2015

Compared with an average of $47,285 among peer group schools such as Groton School, The Lawrenceville School, Brooks School, Choate Rosemary Hall, St. Paul’s School, Deerfield Academy, Woodberry Forest School, The Hotchkiss School, Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, and The McCallie School.



of students benefit from some type of merit or financial aid award

$9.9 million $26,000 in merit and financial aid with an average award of

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Over the last 5 years



to some of the best schools in the country:

• Boston University • Carnegie Mellon University • Case Western Reserve University • Columbia University • Dartmouth College • Davidson College • Duke University • Furman University • George Washington University • Harvard University • Indiana University • Miami University • New York University • Northwestern University • Northeastern University • Princeton University • Purdue University

• Rhodes College • Stanford University • University of California/Berkeley • University of California/Los Angeles • U.S. Coast Guard Academy • U.S. Air Force Academy • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy • U.S. Military Academy • U.S. Naval Academy • University of Chicago • University of Michigan • University of Notre Dame • University of Pennsylvania • University of Southern California • Vanderbilt University • Washington University • Yale University


Successful Prepared Leaders


Challenging average class Innovative size of Elite



student-teacher ratio

594 AP exams taken in 2013 average AP exam score of 3.8 compared to the national average of 3.0


faculty members, of whom:

87% hold a master’s degree 9 hold a Ph.D. 55

have been at Culver for 10 or more years


Advanced Placement classes • Biology • Calculus BC • Chemistry • Chinese • Computer Science • Comparative Government & Politics • Macro Economics • Micro Economics

7 316

• English Language • English Literature • Environmental Science • European History • French Language • German Language • U.S. Government & Politics

• Latin • Music Theory • Physics B • Physics C • Spanish Language • Statistics • US History • World History

“High Challenge, High Support” • Academic Advising • Peer Coaches focus areas:

• Block Scheduling • Tutorials • College Advising • The Writing Center • Mentor/Mentee Program

faculty interns since 1984

Each year 12 recent college graduates experience boarding school life by teaching, coaching, and living in the dorms/units. Many have gone on to careers in boarding school education, including at Culver.

138 faculty have benefited from professional development since 2005

Unique Learning Opportunities

Global Aspiring Unconventional

Spoleto Culver’s classroom in Italy

Aviation Flight school & simulators

Global Pathways Spring Program

Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur

Service learning and cultural exchange


Riding, Polo, Jumping & Western

Global Studies Institute

Global Education through experience

Integrated entrepreneurial and business program

School Year Abroad

Programs for China, France, Italy & Spain

Leadership Committee for Africa Community service program



Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Theatre

Our fine arts program also includes: • 200+ student performances annually • 4 campus buildings serving the Arts • 500 artworks encompassing the Culver Collection • 5 visiting artists enhancing the student experience • A rigorous honors curriculum for each discipline

62 52 % 160


of the student body takes Fine Arts classes after requirements of the student body studies more than one discipline students take private lessons

Fine Arts

Creative Inspirational average class size of Transformative


Leadership & Character



Mind Body Spirit

Best Whole-Person Education in the World

Culver Academies educates and inspires students through a developmental program, preparing them as leaders, responsible citizens, and productive members within the community.

One of the best , “

if not the best transformational leadership program of any school

in the world.”

- Patrick F. Bassett

Past President of NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools, and current President of Heads Up Educational Consulting


The Culver Values: Honor • Service Truth • Duty


The Cardinal Virtues: Wisdom • Courage Moderation • Justice

from dream to reality Scan the QR code to check out Matt’s story!

Matt Gethers ’05

Batten Scholar Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar) California Institute of Technology (Ph.D. candidate)

Culver Military Academy

Culver Military Academy’s Leadership Program develops cadets into responsible citizens and leaders of character who lead in an honorable and disciplined manner. Culver cadets are trained to be both ethical and effective. A CMA graduate will be a responsible citizen and a gentleman. CMA considers leadership as the act and process of inspiring others to accomplish tasks and to improve the organization. Our Honor concept is to take the right action for the correct reason. Self-discipline means to do the right thing at the correct time and in the proper manner.

CMA leadership teaches: Responsibility Shouldering the challenge to make change

Confidence Personal courage and fortitude under pressure

Character Polished virtue complimented by a strong moral compass

Integrity Honor is earned, never given

Culver Girls Academy

Culver Girls Academy’s Leadership Program develops accountable citizens and visionary change-makers. Steeped in tradition and centered on character, virtues, and values, CGA cultivates independent, responsible, confident girls. Our high challenge/high support program facilitates growth in learning to lead self and others. Students build a supportive community and take care of each other by assuming roles of leadership throughout every aspect of life.

CGA leadership teaches: Authenticity Cultivation of reflection and awareness towards a healthy self-image

Commitment Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in ourselves, each other, and our community

Courage Demonstrating vision, passion, and persistence in pursuit of worthy goals

Service Discovering the joy of helping others to create positive change

Giving Back 8,160 $500,000

Service average class Dedication size of Community


service hours given by the Class of 2013

raised for

from 2009-2013

Global Pathways Spring Program These trips provide service-learning, educational and cultural exchange opportunities for those who desire to learn about another culture and to live responsibly as global citizens.

+ students participate

100 1,400

each year

students have participated since 1988

Trip locations include: • Chile • Italy • South Africa • Oklahoma • Indonesia & Singapore • Mexico • Greece • China • Portugul

Culver encourages each student’s search for identity, wisdom, courage and joy through an experiential and intellectual approach.


Spiritual Life Service Options


Spiritual Programs

• Roman Catholic Mass • Protestant Worship • Jewish Prayer

• Youth Groups • Praise Bands • Bible Studies

• Muslim Prayer • Philosopher’s Cafe • Constructive Meditation

• Confirmation Classes • Qur’anic Studies • Discussion Groups

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Spiritual Life

Explorative Welcoming Multi-Faith

Athletics & Wellness

18 70%

Competitive Spirited Fun


boys sports of students are members of at least one athletic team


2013 accomplishments: • • • • •

Girls State Lacrosse Champions Boys Lacrosse NALI Title Boys 5A State Hockey Title Boys 3A State Hockey Title Indiana All-Star Girls Basketball Player

• • • •

girls sports

4+ Boys Rowing 3rd at Nationals State Placing Girls Track Thrower Fencing Midwest Champions Gold Medal Female Wrestler at Pan-Am Games

athletic teams


are active every % ofdaystudents through sports or a

9 10

fitness classes offered daily

required workout period


wellness education courses

athletic trainers on staff

Clubs & Activities

Expanding Enjoyable Creative

In addition to competitive athletics, Culver students participate in The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run, student-driven organization that offers fun and interesting activities almost every weekend.


clubs and activities

Activities include: • Art Club • Community Service Council • Math Forum • Model United Nations • Paintball Club • Roll Call (Yearbook) • Skeet/Trap Shooting • Speech Team - 2013 Sectional Champions • The Quill • Quiz Bowl - 2009 Indiana State Champions, 5 trips to the Sweet Sixteen • The Vedette (Newspaper)

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stalls in our state-of-the-art equestrian center

on-campus ice rinks

Visiting artist Alan Feltus

buildings dedicated to the performing arts and the visual arts

7,100 2 feet of lake frontage

Campus & Facilities

Specialized Prominent Picturesque

indoor rowing tanks

Parents 58


Partners Engaged Supportive

Unit/Dorm representatives

(2 families assigned to Boys’ units and Girls’ dorms)

Parent Weekends

Full immersion in student-life, spiritual-life, and athletics with special events and activities coordinated for parents



of students are legacies

of parents donate to The Culver Fund


Golden Anniversary Reunion

266 AL TI






new students welcomed at the Matriculation Ceremony



Gold Star Memorial Ceremonies

1924 75

Celebrating Veterans Day since

Presidential Inaugural Parades since 1913


Traditions View more of Culver’s traditions at

years of student-run Honor Code system

new girls receiving their CGA crest

Culture Heritage Reflection


Active Unforgettable Life-Changing

Culver Summer Schools & Camps Program Through the Culver values of duty, honor, service, and truth, Culver Summer Schools & Camps develops character and leadership through a progressive program where young people learn to be responsible for themselves, responsible for others, and ultimately responsible for their camp organization.

Culver Summer Schools & Camps is:


Supporting the common goals


Overcome limits and accept challenges


Creating unique, life-long bonds

Diverse Community

Student body from the entire globe


Applying life skills in unique settings

In the summer of 2013, Culver Summer Schools & Camps had:

1,393 participants from 40 states and 38countries, ranging in age from 7-17



Lacrosse, Ice hockey, Tennis, Quidditch, and more

Largest Inland Sailing Fleet

Over 200 watercrafts and US Sailing instruction



Garrison Parades

Lake Activities

Native American Lore & Dance

Ropes Challenge Course

Polo, Riding, Rough Riding, Basic & Advanced

A showcase of military technique and skill

Discover the rich history and tradition

Opportunity to learn how to fly

Scuba, Waterski, Wind Surfing, US Sailing certification

High and low ropes courses

Camps Offered Junior Woodcraft Camp (June) 5 days • boys & girls • ages 7-9

Woodcraft Camp (June - August) 6 weeks • boys & girls • ages 9-14 • more than 65 electives

Upper Camp (June - August) 6 weeks • boys & girls • ages 13-17 • more than 65 electives

Family Camp (August) 1 week • beautiful 1800-acre campus on Lake Maxinkuckee

Mini Camps (May and October) 3 days • boys & girls • ages 7-12

Halloween Camp (October) 2 days • boys & girls • ages 7-12 • pumpkin carving, trick-or-treat, hayrides

Alumni The Culver Fund

Involved Worldwide Generous

The Culver Fund raised

$7.1 million 3,675

in 2012-2013, with gifts from donors

of alumni return for their major % 50 reunions, a leading indicator of loyalty Culver alumni can be found in all states and

50 56 18,500


active alumni from CMA, CGA, and Summer Camps

Culver Clubs, the alumni network, is strong and active in U.S. cities and countries



Armistice Day 1924

Mission & Principles 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 an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the cultivation of character.


Veterans Day 2014

Culver is committed to the intellectual growth of all members of its community through participation in a demanding curriculum that prepares students for success in higher education. Culver’s curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, writing, research, artistic expression, and foreign language proficiency through innovative teaching methods and technologically rich classrooms. Equally important is the cultivation of those virtues that develop both a lifelong love of learning and a commitment to the responsible stewardship of knowledge.

Character development is essential to the Culver mission. For over a century, the foundation of the Culver model has been an education in the classical virtues of wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice. Given that habits of mind, spirit, and body develop slowly, an education in the virtues requires understanding, self-discipline, and practice. All aspects of Culver’s academic, residential, extracurricular, and athletic curricula are designed to provide students with opportunities for individual growth within a carefully-structured environment and provide opportunities for them to begin the difficult task of developing lifelong habits. At Culver, leadership training is both an end in itself and the means by which students develop a sense of social responsibility. Culver Military Academy is organized around its own distinctive military system of student leadership, while Culver Girls Academy is modeled on a prefect system. With these distinctive systems of leadership, Culver’s students enjoy the benefits of equal leadership opportunities in their separate residential programs, while sharing in the advantages of a coeducational program in most other areas of school life. Through the enactment of leadership ideals made possible in and through these systems, they develop confidence in their abilities to complete difficult and challenging tasks, as well as habits of inquiry and self-discipline central to an education in the virtues. Culver is committed to the spiritual development of its students. To encourage students to take the pursuit of spiritual truth seriously, Culver provides a variety of opportunities for the exploration and expression of religious faith. To this end every student participates in a school chapel service or similar faith activity. While Culver’s religious heritage is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, we recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of faith and practice found among our students. The fruits of the cultivation of the spirit—a regard for the beauty of the world, a reverence for the gift of life, and recognition of the limits of our understanding—are important components of a virtuous life. Culver’s programs in the visual and performing arts promote both aesthetic literacy and artistic practice. The arts are the common language of humanity and their study can lead to a deeper understanding of life and respect for cultural diversity. Emphasizing both theory and practice, Culver’s arts programs contribute to the intellectual and personal development characteristic of an integrated approach to education and to an education in the virtues. Culver’s athletic, health, and physical education programs are an integral part of our curriculum. Participation affords a significant opportunity for the development of the virtues associated with personal integrity. While we encourage individual and team excellence, Culver’s rich and varied programs are designed to present students of all skill and experience levels with opportunities to develop both lifelong interest in sport and a lifelong regard for good sportsmanship. Culver’s health and residential life curricula emphasize sound decision-making through programs that include fitness, nutrition, and respect for the body.

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At a Glance 2013-2014