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Culver Academies

Private | 9-12


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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $99,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $663.

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Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014

As a former Alumni of Culver Military Academy, I would like to say i'm embarrassed of what Culver has become. I agree 100% with the last review. When I attended this school in the late 60's it was a place where boys would become respectful young men. When I went back to see the campus recently, I was so disappointed with the military program at Culver and how disrespectful many students were. It's very sad to see what this school has become, just a bunch of disrespectful rich kids roaming the halls of a once prestigious institution of learning. I don't recommend sending any child here these days. You can't even call it a military school anymore, it's just a boarding school for wealthy youth. Also, the staff are very greedy and care more about getting money than educating your child. The campus may still be nice but thats all Culver has going for them these days!

Posted March 31, 2014

I have been a student at Culver for three years and have been successful academically. But with that being said we are NOT a military school. All we do is wear a military style uniform and have a parade once In a while so to the public it looks like were some prestigious military academy. The days of being a military academy are long over for Culver and we need to be honest with ourselves. Most of my peers lack respect and couldn't last a day in a real military high school. If your seeking a school to better yourself and become a leader this isn't the right fit! I have nothing against this school but am just being honest as the school fools on looking students as well as formal alums. We are a prep school nothing else.

Posted 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!

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted September 4, 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

Posted 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.

Posted June 7, 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

Posted June 5, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted December 8, 2009

nothing compared to western reserve acadamy.
—Submitted by a student

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 74%
Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 2%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Black 4% 12%
Multiracial 3% 4%
American Indian 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

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English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 0%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

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1300 Academy Rd
Culver, IN 46511
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