I need potential parents and students to listen up. I am currently attending Culver for my second year now and I have never experienced such a great disappointment. There is so much they do not tell you about what actually goes on when the parents leave and adults turn their backs (as they always do because the wealthy and legacy families have them wrapped around their fingers). There are numerous students who have developed depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to the overly competitive nature of the school and toxic environment they are forced into every day. A large number of scholarship kids could actually afford to come here out of pocket (it's all about who you know) or didn't deserve it in the first place. They may have looked enticing on paper but in person they are the most ungrateful, spiteful, and immature children I have ever met. You think the facilities are nice? Sure they are, but they're run by a bunch of petty buffoons we refer to as "faculty". That does not go for everyone, but many of the educators here are still in high school themselves (mentally) or, again, got their job because they know someone. The adults could care less about the welfare of the students. I have gone to my counselor with several issues, some of which still prevail today, that were simply shrugged off as I was told to "Ignore it" or "Let it pass". That doesn't work so well when you are terrorized daily by your roommate. I know I am not the only one. There are students that have left for this exact reason or just bullying in general. The girls' side is especially brutal and I have spent most of my nights either alone, sobbing, or home because I simply cannot stand to be at this school. Please, do not let the beautiful campus fool you. Pretty is as pretty does. The internal turmoil and lies are extremely prevalent. The education you receive is not exemplary(mediocre at best) and EVERYTHING is corrupt. Do not send your children here and do not bother visiting. I am deeply sorry for the girls I gave a tour to last year that are currently attending because they are being harassed and beaten down just like I am right now. Show this to everyone you know because, if not, someone will either hurt themselves or hurt other people if things do not change. It is a cesspool of a place.
Culver Military Academy has been an excellent experience for my eldest son. My youngest son will be a freshman next year.
With regard to the parent review submitted 4/14/2015, I politely disagree with her assessment. My son is in the honors program (and he is American born and raised). He has achieved honor roll (gold A) and a 4.0 in "honors" classes and will have the opportunity to be in AP classes (according to his advisor). Also, this is a military school and I believe the expectations of the school were provided with great detail prior to attending the school. Finally, please review Culver's matriculation reports for the last 5 years. They are available on Culver's website. The top 10% of students are attending STEM and or tier 1 schools e.g., USMA, University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Princeton, University of Michigan....
Culver is beautiful, with impressive facilities & several strong teachers. But I cannot recommend it for the following reasons: 1. It is dominated by gifted international students who are academically years ahead of all American students in STEM classes. They consume the limited AP class openings and the American kids can't earn a spot. Check the matriculation statistics. Few American kids graduating from Culver are getting into top STEM schools as many are not allowed to take advanced classes in high school. In hindsight, my children's college applications would have been more impressive (GPA, class rank, AP classes) had they gone elsewhere. Kids who were top performing in American schools are competing for the second quartile at Culver. 2. There is a pervasive problem of bullying in the military leadership system. Domineering, aggressive kids are promoted with actual authority over their more tolerant, gentler peers creating an environment that is ideal for bullying. If your child is non-aggressive, this is not a welcoming environment. There are many positives, but these two negatives are show stoppers for me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!