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 World Languages Science

Music Theory

Comparative Gov. & Politics

US Gov. & Politics

English Language & Composition

English Literature

European History

US History

World History



Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Computer Science


Chinese Language

French Language

German Language

Italian Language


Spanish Language



Environmental Science

Physics 1

Physics C


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 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.

2017-18 Blackout Dates 2018-19 Blackout Dates
October 19-20, 2017 October 18-19, 2018
November 16-17, 2017 November 15-16, 2018
December 14-15, 2017 December 13-14, 2018
February 8-9, 2018 February 7-8, 2019
March 21-22, 2018 March 20-21, 2019
May 30-31, 2018 May 29-30, 2019

Standardized Testing

 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.

ACT www.actstudent.org
TOEFL www.toeflgoanywhere.org

Testing Dates

Test Test Date Reg. Date Late Reg. Date
SAT August 26, 2017 August 15, 2017 September 14, 2017
ACT September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
SAT October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017
ACT October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
SAT November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017
SAT December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017
ACT December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
ACT February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
SAT March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
ACT April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
SAT May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
SAT June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018
ACT June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018