Academic Advising

Making the Most of Your Culver Education

The Culver Academies' Academic Advising office is a resource for all students, to help not only in course selection and appropriate course placement, but also in making the most of their time at Culver in preparation for college. Great care is taken to insure that students are challenged with their curriculum without being overwhelmed. The Academic Advising team works diligently to see each student succeed to the best of his or her abilities.

Course Selection

The role of the Academic Advisors is to guide students to select the most challenging long-term course load in which they will be successful.  Student’s interests and passions are carefully considered as well as the need to meet Culver’s graduation requirements.

Academic Advisors are assigned in September and will begin meeting with students in early November to discuss course selection for next school year.  Course Registration is completed in late January through February.  The Registrar uses the student’s course requests to build the Master Schedule.  As such, schedule changes are not allowed after the last day of classes.

Transcript Request

If you need to request a transcript, please email the Registrar at Transcripts@culver.org. Please include your first and last name, your graduation year and the address where the transcript will be mailed.

What is AP?

Advanced Placement courses offer students challenging curriculum in specific subject areas.  AP courses are one area in which students can set themselves apart in the college admission process.  Some colleges and universities will grant credit for AP courses, depending on the score a student earns on the national exam.   Culver offers a robust AP program with twenty-six courses to choose from.

AP’s at Culver

Culver’s intensive block schedule and course design emphasizes depth over breath which means that Culver students will take fewer AP classes than their peers at other schools.

Even Culver's top students, who matriculate at the nation's most competitive colleges and universities, are unlikely to have more than two AP courses in a given year.

Interest in and access to the program have grown dramatically over the past decade, with average scores close to 4 and 3-out-of-5 graduates passing at least one Advanced Placement exam.

Any student is eligible to take an Advanced Placement course based on the following criteria:

  • Critical thinking dispositions (including attitude, intellectual curiosity and work ethic)
  • Grades
  • PSAT scores (as appropriate)
  • Counselor and teacher recommendations.

Available AP Subject Areas

In 2015, the Academies administered more than six-hundred and thirty exams in twenty-six subject areas.

Fine Arts Humanities Mathematics Modern & Classical Science

Music Theory

Comparative Gov. & Politics

US Gov. & Politics

English Language & Composition

English Literature

European History

US History

World History

Macroeconomics

Microeconomics

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Computer Science

Statistics

Chinese Language

French Language

German Language

Italian Language

Latin

Spanish Language

Biology

Chemistry

Environmental Science

Physics 1

Physics C

Psychology

Class Absence

Life happens. Culver recognizes that class absences are sometimes unavoidable. Leaves of absence, school-sponsored travel, or illness may result in missed classes.

Students may miss a maximum of three classes per course per term, regardless of the reason for the absence (illness, school trip, leave).  Culver will likely not approve any absence if a student has accrued three missed classes in one term.

You can access a full copy of the Attendance Policy in our Student Handbook (pg 10).

BLACK OUT DATES

Black Out dates are periods when student leaves will not be approved due to academic, student life, or important community events.  This year’s Black Out dates are listed below.

2016-17 Blackout Dates 2017-18 Blackout Dates
October 20-21, 2016 October 19-20, 2017
November 17-18, 2016 November 16-17, 2017
December 15-16, 2016 December 14-15, 2017
February 9-10, 2017 February 8-9, 2018
March 22-23, 2017 March 20-21, 2018
May 30 - June 1, 2017 May 30 - 31, 2018
Standardized Testing

What to Expect

Standardized testing includes PSAT, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL. Students enrolled at Culver will take the PSAT beginning in 9th grade and will continue to take the test each October through 11th grade. The PSAT provides students and advisors relevant information regarding academic progress and helps to determine AP potential.

Test Preparation

All Culver students have access to Naviance Test Prep, an interactive online learning platform that allows students to use their phones, tablets and laptops to prepare for the ACT, PSAT, and SAT programs. Students are encouraged to incorporate 10-15 minutes of test prep into their homework load each night.

For login credentials, students may email Mrs. Dyess.

Register Now

Register for SAT, ACT, and TOEFL online by visiting the links below.

SATwww.collegeboard.com/mysat
ACT www.actstudent.org
TOEFL www.toeflgoanywhere.org

Testing Dates

 

Test Test Date Reg. Date Late Reg. Date
SAT March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017
TOEFL March 11, 2017   March 7, 2017
ACT April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017
SAT May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017
SAT* June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017
ACT* June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 2017
SAT August 26, 2017    
ACT September 9, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 11, 2017
SAT October 7, 2017    
ACT October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 October 6, 2017
SAT November 4, 2017    
SAT December 2, 2017    
ACT December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 17, 2017
SAT March 10, 2018    
ACT April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 23, 2018
SAT May 5, 2018    
SAT June 2, 2018    
ACT June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 18, 2018