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The Culver Mission

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

The development of character is a central component in Culver’s mission. Culver assists students in becoming responsible citizens and leaders through an education in the classic virtues – wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice. Leadership classes, opportunities to lead, and a culture that embraces our Code of Conduct and Honor Code complement the broader Culver curriculum, all of which provides the fertile environment for your individual growth.

The personal and intellectual growth that result from the challenges you will face here are part of what makes Culver the school and the experience that it is. In the cultivation of the minds and character of young leaders, Culver nurtures students who are aware of and committed to their profound responsibilities to others. Culver’s faculty and staff are committed to growing responsible, curious citizens and leaders who are strong, capable, and caring. In Culver’s classrooms, students learn how to think, reason, and work with others to identify and solve problems by developing sound habits of mind and academic behaviors that develop the knowledge and skills required for success in college, the world of 21st century work, and the shared decision-making that is the center of citizenship in a democracy.

Culver takes seriously your health, safety, and well-being. We also take seriously the reality that adversity, disappointment, struggle, sadness, fear, frustration, uncertainty, and conflict are part of being human and that learning how to cope and function in the face of these facts is part of growing up to live and thrive in a complex world. (We do not believe that these forms of discomfort are dangerous). We support your children through all of these predictable trials and tribulations with respect, fairness, compassion, and candor. We are committed to creating an environment where all feel welcome and respected and consider Culver a second home where healthy behaviors form, and where lifelong friendships and personal values develop. Students and faculty alike are committed to promoting the well-being of others by respecting differences with kindness and open-mindedness.

We are a school that considers the inevitable mistakes of young people to be learning opportunities for all. When students falter and fail, as they inevitably will, our community helps them to understand and improve so that they can better understand their responsibilities to themselves and to their peers. Our students are expected to build the capacity to habitually behave in ways that bring honor to themselves and to our school and, in so doing, develop the strength of mind and character required to be an ethical leader, a responsible citizen, and a strong human. This is what it means to live and learn at Culver.

Code of Conduct

My aim in life is to become the best person I can be. To this end I will strive always
to develop my potential to its fullest – physically, intellectually, morally and spiritually; to make wise choices, exercise self-discipline, and accept responsibility for my actions; to treat everyone as I would have them treat me; to fulfill the ideal of service to others; to place duty before self; to lead by example and take care of those I lead; and to live by the Culver Diversity Statement and Honor Code.

Diversity Statement

I will promote the well-being of others by respecting differences with kindness and open-mindedness. 

  • Promote: acting on one’s responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Well-being: the state of being healthy and positive in mind, body, and spirit.
  • Respect: appreciation of others including their culture, identity, and religion.
  • Kindness: the quality and act of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
  • Open-mindedness: a willingness to challenge one’s own preconceptions and to learn about others’ perspectives. Culver, by design, is a challenging and demanding environment for all who live, work, and study here.

Honor Code

I will not lie, cheat or steal. And I will discourage others from such actions.