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.
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.
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.
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)
- 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|
Comparative Gov. & Politics
US Gov. & Politics
English Language & Composition
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.
|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|
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.
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 for SAT, ACT, and TOEFL online by visiting the links below.
|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|