Learning to Lead. Leading to Serve.
Young women entering Culver Girls Academy begin their leadership training in the dorm under the prefect system - a structure that provides girls with many opportunities to exercise their voice and practice leadership skills. The leadership system starts during a new student's first days at Culver, when the emphasis is placed on "learning to follow."
Learning to Follow
During her first year, a new girl in CGA will learn about the prefect system in her dorm and in the classroom. From day one, she will have duties and responsibilities within the dorm and she will also be required to take the class, "Orientation to Culver." This class will help her understand Culver's history and traditions, as well as the Culver Girls Academy Prefect System. Upon successful completion of the course and maintaining good standing within the dorm, she will be invited to the Crest Ceremony. The Crest Ceremony is a new CGA student's rite of passage; she is officially a member of CGA because she has demonstrated that she understands the prefect system and is ready to take on more leadership training to someday hold a prefect position.
Leading By Example
As sophomore and junior girls demonstrate their understanding of followership and responsible citizenship, they pursue additional leadership training through an application and interview process that requires initiative and facilitates further self-reflection and knowledge. With successful completion of training, students are appointed or elected for leadership positions within the prefect system. These positions are rotated throughout the school year to provide as broad a learning experience as possible. The leaders are mentored and evaluated by prefects and Culver faculty and staff. As their Culver experience continues, young women assume leadership roles of greater responsibility within CGA and in their senior year they assume responsibilities that allow effective functioning and training of all students within CGA. Every girl, whether she has pursued a leadership position within the system or not, continues to play an important role with the minimum expectation that she will contribute positively as a citizen within the dorm and the Culver community.
All the paperwork has been sent in, you've been accepted and you're finally here! The unknown is always a little daunting, so we want to give you an idea of what your first day as a CGA student will be like.
The first part of your day will be spent at registration. You and your parents will go together to registration where you will be met by a returning student from your dorm. She will take you through all the stations and she will then take you over to the uniform department. After you have been measured for your kilt and you get everything you need, she'll take you to your dorm to show you to your room. You'll meet your counselor, your resident director and your roommate! So begins your first days as A CGA girl.
Now that the first days have flown by and you are becoming more familiar with campus, making friends and generally experiencing a sense of comfort in your surroundings, you will also begin to understand CGA and how it works. A lot of what you will learn from your dorm leaders is the leadership system. You will also enroll in a class called "Orientation to Culver." In this course, you will learn all about Culver's history and traditions.
Upon your successful completion of the "Orientation to Culver" and keeping up with your duties in the dorm, you will be invited to the Crest Ceremony. This is a huge honor for every girl in CGA. Attached to your blazer, this crest symbolizes that you are officially a member of CGA and are ready to take on more leadership training. This is an exciting time in a new girl's Culver career; she has accomplished so much already and has the support and encouragement of the entire student body, faculty, and CGA staff to continue her training throughout the rest of her years here at Culver.