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9-12
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Culver, IN
Students enrolled: 577

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1300 Academy Rd
Culver, IN 46511

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(574) 842-7000
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October 21, 2014
Culver Academies is the best of the best with the finest facilities, the most beautiful campus, a caring staff and great teachers. An intl leadership HS with a rigorous college schedule, AP classes, Harkness style teaching in obligatory humanities class, etc. Culver also requires an intensive community project for HS graduation, similar to the IB program but much more sophisticated and elaborate. Many graduates move on to Ivy league and other top colleges with full or large scholarships. My daughter loved her time at Culver and the flood of tears of the graduates after the graduation ceremony, realizing it's time to say goodby to their Culver family is almost heartbreaking but the Culver campus will always be their home away from home.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2014
My experience is being nothing but marvelous, every photo shows happy faces, and only the fact that my girl is willing that the summer arrives to get there, makes me fill confident that have made the right choice, is a wonderful place to send your kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
Do not consider sending your child here! My son came to culver hoping to become a leader. Turned out the school cares about one thing money. My son tells me the military program was very poor. (probably why Culver isn't considered a military school anymore after dropping their ROTC program years back) Its sad to see a once great school has took a turn for the worst.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
Just a flat out horrible place to be, i will not return for my senior year. This place is filled with greed and the staff is so arrogant. Don't make the mistake I made! Don't let the nice campus fool you.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2014
The school offers a great selection of courses;the teachers are fantastic and very supportive. Many teachers are college level. The curriculum is challenging and the grading is very strict. The athletic program is strong, without being all consumming. Emphasis is on the process, not the outcome for most sports. Students are encouraged to be independent and solve all problems; parental involvement is limited.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
Is it legal to have these kids in dorms with no supervision at night and on weekends? Many of these kids are 14-15 years old and have never been away from home before. I had a friend that sent her child there for a few years and she felt her child spent a lot of time alone and no one really reached out to him. This includes not just the kids, but counselors and teachers. He ended up leaving after 2 years because he was miserable and definitely not worth $40,000 a year. She admits she was fooled by the beauty of the campus. Buyer Beware!

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2014
Beautiful campus with average facilities. Rowing and tennis facilities are first rate but what percentage of the student body will be able to enjoy them? My biggest concern is the lack of supervision and the way kids can be treated with such little respect by each other and even by Culver staff. The layers of secrecy allow bullying to flourish with an apprehension to tell. The dining hall choices are inferior and does not meet the expectations for a quality boarding school. Like any school, there are excellent teachers, average teachers and below average teachers. I get the impression many of the kids are disconnected to their families which would make boarding a viable option for them. There is a lot of focus on petty things which doesn't allow for enough time to study and sleep. Parents may not know about poor grades until it is too late. It's a tough time for adolescents to leave their families. Everyone runs a risk of losing a year of their lives if you realize your mistake.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
Hate the school and can't wait to get out... Military is the most unjust, self-seeking, and hypocritical system ever established.

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2013
Well... Im curently a student and everyone is always molding me to be better so are my counselors who are always in barracks. Are meals are pretty dang good i mean unlimited salds at sald bar sandwiches that you can make you self. Choose milk and choclate milk any juice hotchoclate or gatorade. They hace soup lasanga and pizza which are bet theres only one day every once in a while where it has chicken. im givin everyhhing i could posibbky need to excel here i mean I even have a huge pool or free weight room and cardio room wich are nicer thn any colleges by far. The rooms i will admit are little and they are hot because alumni wont let them put ac in it but hey makes us tougher but we do have heaters for winter.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2013
There is not enough adult supervision and that leads to all kinds of problems. There are great aspects but the lack of adult supervision is the deal breaker. There were too many violent acts against students to make it worth the advantages. High school is the time when parents need to be able to guide and monitor their child's independence. They will never really know what goes on there. Culver works for a few kids but I don't think for most. Safety is a big issue for me and Culver falls very short. There are problems when students are in charge of everything. Too many opportunities for bullies to thrive when adults are not around to supervise. The facilities are not that great for the money. Rooms are small and hot. Dining hall food is terrible. There is too much focus on the uniform and other mindless matters.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
Best decision of my life to attend. Same can be said of my best friend of the past 30 years. My sister regrets not going and I save constantly to try and afford my children the same opportunity to attend summer and or winter school - as I did both. Dedicated faculty, staff, and unparalleled alumni passion.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2013
I could not disagree more with the review submitted on 6/5/13. I found that the faculty was deeply engage with the students. My son shared many meals and enrichment sessions with faculty at their homes after hours. While faculty does not technically live on campus, many live in the streets immediately adjacent to the school and are fixtures at after-hours events. There are plenty of supervised activities on weekends including sporting events, shopping and cultural events of campus, parties, and even events at the home of the Head of School. I was equally impressed by the collegiate opportunities Culver afforded my son. He ended up at an Ivy League school and was one of 5 Culver students admitted to that institution. Culver takes their mission to develop body, mind, and spirit seriously and intentionally. They develop young men and women of character who are prepared to chart their course in the world. And no, I am neither a parent of a scholarship kid who feels very lucking in gaining admission or from a fairly ignorant Indiana family as depicted in the post below. I am simply a parent who is grateful that a school like Culver exists.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
At the first meeting with the head of schools, he mentioned if all the parents had drank the Kool-Aid. Most have, rather mindlessly. I doubt if most of the parents truly compared Culver to other midwest prep schools. Their student body consists of scholarship kids (2/3) who feel very lucking in gaining admission, and fairly ignorant Indiana families with few choices of private education. The teachers are living in isolated enviornment and are not accountable to parents. The parents in turn question nothing and the groups are basically a "Ra-Ra" cheer leading section to feel good about their investment and avoid buyers remorse. If you look at the colleges the grads are matriculating to, in comparison to comprable schools, it is pathetic. There is a serious disconnect from the teachers and college placement office. The teachers must feel they should have independance, and aloofness from students as payback for the sacrafice of living in Culver. There are no teachers living on campus and no supervised activities on weekends. Many of the children have not developed the social graces I am accustomed to observing at prep schools. No wonder the other parent complained about bullies.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
The best prep school in the nation and it keeps getting better! Best decision I ever made in sending my two daughters.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
Am so grateful for the environment Culver offers my son. Academics, athletics, clubs, leadership, values, college counseling: Culver has it all very thoughtfully considered. I am in awe of the amazing young man my son is becoming by being part of this very special place.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
Culver Academies is known as one of the top schools in the country. It attracts students from all over the world because of it's superior academic program, leadership training and outstanding athletic opportunities. I have evaluated schools over the past 20 years and found this school to be incredible. Students love learning because their teachers are fully committed and proud they are part of a very select group. I took my Culver bag on a trip and was approached by numerous Culver alumni or people who knew Culver alumni while in airports and cafes in several countries. There is a kinship like nothing I've ever seen. Culver is so much more than a high school. When you go to Culver, you acquire an extended family who will stay with you for the rest of your life.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
Horrible experience. My daugher experienced gender bias, was harassed by her male classmates, and continues to be cyberbullied by Culver students long after she left the school. Would not recommend this school to anyone. I don't expect this review will ever see the light of day - Culver's image is carefully sanitized. I only wish the school would put that kind of energy into providing a safe environment for female students.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2009
The post before this one compared Culver to Westen Reserve. WRA is a wonderful school and it is good to see the rivalry between the two schools continue to develop. I have known recent parents of WRA and they would not agree with the previuos post. Culver is just so much more than a boarding school and although each school's culture is unique, one just has to look at the financial support of its Alumni to gauge the value they percieve from their attendance at Culver. The school has raised over $300 million in its current campaign and is close to breaking a secondary school fund raising record.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
nothing compared to western reserve acadamy.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
All of my family has worked at this institution and both of my children are graduates. No better place to send your kids!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Culver turned my life around. I lived in an impoverished area of rural North Carolina with not much future despite being musically and academically talented. Being introduced to Culver and its high standards for education, athletics and discipline have made me appreciate what the world has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Culver fully prepares the students for College and beyond. The leadership and discipline learned at Culver truly prepare the student for any of life's challenges.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
As a CGA grad I have so much to be grateful for, it's an amazing school that allows students to take on so much responsibility and really learn life lessons

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Culver Academies is THE MOST amazing high school, transforming students into leaders of tomorrow not only through tough academics and athletics, but leadership, accountability and responsibility. As a mother who has had a son graduated in '08 with honors and as a leader, and now a daughter who is a senior, a varsity athlete, and a student leader -I remain forever grateful to Culver - its teachers, its traditions, its honor code, for all that it has given to my kids in helping them become who they are today.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2009
Great school with excellent curriculum, faculty, staff and leadership. All three of my children went there and I couldn't be happier. Besides the academic curriculum the students are involved in many activities including a multitude of sports. The moral leadership and standard administered through the Honor Code is second to none.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2008
I had never thought of sending my daughter to a boarding school and was apprehensive, but Culver is excellent and now I feel very glad she won a scholarship to go there. They take care of her well and provide an excellent education. I truly feel my daughter will be ready for the top levels of college, society and employment in the years ahead due to going to such an amazing school. My only caveat is that they do not provide kid friendly vegetarian meals with lots of protein, but hey....it's hard to be veggie in the Midwest!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
This school is an excellent, safe environment for high school students. The quality of the teaching staff is so high that the students are compelled to learn and achieve their best. The headmaster, John Buxton along with his wife Pam are omni-present and involved daily in the lives of the students and faculty. The parent participation and alumni support continues to enrich the overall experience of the students ranging from small gatherings of students for dinners to funding of major expansions on campus, such as the new tennis facility. I have two girls, one who graduated in 2006 and one who is a CGA junior this year. they both applaud the academic as well as the social experiences of Culver. A family tradition has started because of Culver in that the importance of education has now shifted to our daughters and they now speak of someday sending their children here.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
Excellent, excellent school. Focus on leadership and fostering independent thought in students. Strong academics and AP courses. Boarding environment very supportive for girls (have a daughter) and tremendous opportunities in extra-curriculars and sports. Many Culver students go on to significant colleges with scholarships in sports they started at Culver. Headmaster is a visionary, teachers are tremendous, Culver is an experience not to be missed with a network that will help students them through life. Required uniforms which really break down barriers and allow all students to have a common bond. Love the traditions - emphasis on parents and students interacting during family weekends. Wish I had gone to Culver!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
I am a Culver Parent.Culver offers the perfect environment for a student. Don't be afraid of the costs because the financial aid available does help a lot. The campus is beautiful and filled with history. The teachers are excellent and really love what they do. The sports are amazing and you can be new at a sport and still have success there. As a mom sending your kids away is scary but Culver makes it Worth While. The kids watch out for each other and really run the school. The Military part for my son has been priceless with decorated leaders to guide them and new challenges everyday I can only hope to work as hard as he does and I know that the success he has already achieved as a new cadet will last a lifetime.

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December 14, 2006
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October 23, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 07, 2006
Culver is unique not only in the excellence of its academics, but in that it provides a solid foundation in personal growth issues that are addressed through leadership training and living in a community which still upholds an honour system. The diversity (international and socio-economic) of its student body also makes it stand out among private schools!

- submitted by a former student
May 23, 2006
This school is by far better then any public one and the supervision is very strict. As far as a boarding school goes the student life is lacking, and its very challenging for a student to live away from home. The academics are challenging for most but are not as high level as they could be. The sports programs are very well developed and there are a lot of options.

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2005
Culver is one of the best schools that a person could ever attend. Culver has an enviroment for a student to achieve excellence in everything they do: in sports, academics, and socially. The sports programs are the top of the line in everything from equipment to coaches. The teachers push you to do your best and to want to learn the text. Culver is the best school for anyone who wants their children to excel in all parts of their life. When I have high school age children of my own I want them to attend Culver Academies.

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Culver Academies
1300 Academy Rd, Culver, IN  46511
(574) 842-7000
Last modified Culver Academies is a Private school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Culver Academies Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top