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Culver Academies is a values-based, mission-driven, vision-inspired institution that offers a co-educational, residential experience beyond that of the typical boarding school for students in grades 9-12.


Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual – mind, spirit, and body – through integrated programs that emphasize the cultivation of character.


Lead the world in whole-person education.

Truth and Wisdom

Truth and wisdom: these are the rewards for truly engaged learners.

At Culver, we believe that academic excellence is more than rote memorization — it goes beyond knowledge of a subject and can’t be contained by a single source. It's a collaborative process that challenges students to be active participants in their own intellectual development.

Service and Justice

We believe that an inclusive community is a healthy community, a place where people overcome their natural inclination to adhere to the familiar.

Because we know that considering one another’s perspective is the hallmark of a great servant-leader, and a true sign of a good person.

Duty and Moderation

We know that excellence takes commitment and sacrifice, but it needs moderation to survive.

The whole self — wellness in mind, spirit, and body — is what makes our students so successful. Balancing duties and obligations, always striving for success but learning to handle failure with grace — that’s how we lead.

Honor and Courage

We believe leadership isn’t something you’re born with. It’s something you strive for.

It isn’t something you possess, but rather something you prove, every day. Day in and day out, in public and private moments, we have the opportunity to live with honor and courage.

One Mission

Three life-changing experiences

Culver Military Academy

Since its founding in 1894, Culver Military Academy (CMA) has prepared young men for lives of purpose and impact. CMA graduates join a prestigious heritage that includes entrepreneurs and artists, scientists and scholars, and military and political leaders.

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Culver Girls Academy

Culver Girls Academy (CGA) welcomed its first students in 1971. Since then, it has graduated hundreds of empowered and enlightened scholars, innovators, and executives, who have gone on to successful careers and positions all over the world.

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Culver Summer Schools & Camps

Our summer programs bring together more than 1,400 young people from around the world through physical activity, learning opportunities, and new friendships. Culver campers develop positive self-esteem through accomplishment and discipline, and choose from 100 electives — from sailing, to rocketry, to theatre, to fencing.

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Culver in Numbers

Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy offer you opportunities unlike those of more typical secondary schools. Find what leads you, where honor, courage, and followership come first.

At a Glance

1,800 Acres Of Opportunity

830 Students

20% International Students

6:1 Student-Teacher Ratio

100% of Students Live on Campus

10 Residential Buildings

65 Sports Teams

4 Equestrian Teams

185 Courses Offered in Total

49 Courses Offered in the Arts

26 Advanced Placement (AP) Classes

200 Hours of Leadership Instruction by Senior Year

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From the Source

Culver Stories

Folabomi Fayemi '23


“Culver provides such a unique and strong support system for students. I have my counselor and dorm mom whenever I need to vent, my incredible teachers have become mentors for me, and my coaches push me to be the best version of myself in and out of sports. There are always adults on campus more than willing to help whenever I need it.”

McKenna Littleton '23


Evan Gerber '23


Faith Gorton '23


"Before coming to Culver, I was quite one-dimensional by being focused on only academics. Now I’ve expanded my view to other areas and have tried new sports, several new clubs, and took advantage of the military system to practice greater leadership. I learned how to have a fuller high-school experience and to become a better, more well-rounded person."

David An '23


Andy Seth '96

Alumni & Entrepreneur

"I’ve lived all over the world, but I stay at Culver because my work with our dedicated and curious students keeps me just as captivated as the inherent beauty of this place."

Aaron Bardo

Senior Instructor, Spanish

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Culver Stories

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