The start of classes is an exciting time for Upper School students. There is no feeling quite like learning to sail for the first time or mastering the art of a musical instrument while amongst your closest friends. Each class lasts 45 minutes. In a given summer, a typical class schedule will expose a student to more than 12 different disciplines. Whatever your interest, the Upper School class selection of over 90 different classes is sure to provide new experiences for every camper.  

Independent Study

Each summer we have a few families who ask that we provide opportunities for their sons or daughters to spend time working on academic projects and/or athletic training assigned from their high school. We are happy to discuss the possibility of scheduling Independent Study or Independent Fitness classes in lieu of a class from the Culver curriculum. A proctor can be made available who will take class attendance and help facilitate the assignment, as needed.

Upper School Class Offerings 

The below list of classes is provided as an example of what Culver normally offers during the summer. While we expect nearly every class on this list to be offered, a few classes may not be offered in 2017 – and it would be equally likely that a few new classes will be added. 


  • Archery
  • Aerobics
  • Basketball
  • Beginning Fly Fishing
  • Casual Fitness
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Exercise of the Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Fencing
  • Football Skills
  • Free Weight Training
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Indoor Racquet Sports
  • Intense Fitness
  • Just for Fun
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Self Defense
  • Skeet/Trap Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Softball B/B Skills
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Traditional American Sports
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Music, Theatre & Arts

  • Acting
  • Art Journaling
  • Beading
  • Camp Play
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Dance
  • Dance for Athletes
  • Film Photography
  • Gospel Choir
  • Guitar
  • Instrument
  • Jazz Band
  • Journalism
  • Music Ensemble
  • Photography
  • Piano
  • Song Writing & Composition
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Tech
  • Voice

Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Algebra 2 Concepts
  • Advanced Math
  • Basic Composition
  • College Application Essay Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • CSI Culver
  • Etiquette
  • Geometry Concepts
  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Preparation for SAT (English & Math)
  • Public Speaking
  • Review Algebra
  • Summer Literature


  • Equitation
  • Rough Riding

Other Classes

  • Aviation
  • Games of Strategy
  • Challenge Course


  • Digital Photo Magic
  • JAVA for Beginners
  • Video Cinematography

Waterfront (or Pool)

  • Basic Sailing and Seamanship
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Competitive Swimming
  • Crew
  • Diving
  • Keelboat Sailing and Seamanship
  • Lifeguard Training
  • Personal Water Craft Safety
  • Small Boat Sailing and Seamanship
  • Varsity Sailing
  • Water Aerobics
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing

*Offers advanced courses

**Please note that classes listed above may change. An updated course catalog is available on the Summer Portal once your camper is enrolled. When choosing classes, please use the Course Catalog found on the Summer Portal.