Dr. Don Schawang, Head of School
Matt Patterson, Director of College Counseling
CEEB CODE: 171680
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Bishop Seabury Academy is an independent college-preparatory school
promoting individual academic growth and character development
through an excellent education rooted in moral principles.
4120 Clinton Parkway
Lawrence, KS 66047
ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIPS
Bishop Seabury Academy is fully accredited with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States; the school is affiliated with the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools, the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the Kansas City Association of Independent Schools, and the National Association of College Admission Counselors.
Bishop Seabury was founded in 1997 and serves students in grades six through twelve. Seabury offers an intimate learning community that strives to maintain a high level of accountability at all times.
Average class size is 12.7 students.
6.5:1 student to faculty ratio.
All students are required to participate in two seasons of extra-curricular activities per year.
The school day begins with an all-school meeting followed by an advisory group of about eight students.
Lunches are served family-style, with a faculty member as head of each table.
Enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year is 176 students.
There are 28 students in the Class of 2013.
DIVERSITY AND FINANCIAL AID
Bishop Seabury Academy is committed to serving students of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
22% of students come from a minority background.
28% of our students receive need- or merit-based financial aid and scholarships.
Lawrence, Kansas, is home to the University of Kansas and to Haskell Indian Nations University. The community as a whole places a high value on education, as evidenced by the lectures, concerts, and numerous cultural and artistic activities associated with the two universities.
Admission to Bishop Seabury is selective. Students must submit elementary school grades, test scores, and recommendations from two teachers and from the principal of their previous school.
Nineteen out of twenty-six faculty members hold advanced degrees. Faculty age and experience are diverse. Many have taught at the university level and have extensive experience in their fields.
Part of the vision of Bishop Seabury Academy is to promote a sense of responsibility for self and respect for others as members of the community. To achieve this vision, Bishop Seabury requires all students to complete 30 hours of community service during each academic year. The community service requirement is consistent with Seabury’s commitment to encouraging character development and personal growth in each student, and it also reflects the degree of community involvement that we expect of all of our students.
Each year, Bishop Seabury admits a select number of international students who are qualified to participate successfully in our academic programs. International students whose native language is not English will be enrolled in English as a Second Language courses until they reach a qualifying score on an English language placement exam.
The curriculum of Bishop Seabury Academy is designed to challenge each student to achieve his or her greatest potential. We also seek to include every student as an active participant in the experience of learning and consider all of the classes we offer to provide meaningful challenges to our students.
CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (GRADES 9–12)
4 English 4 Mathematics
3–4 Science* 3–4 Foreign Language*
3–4 History* 1 Ethics
23 units total
*Students must take 4 years in at least one of these subject areas.
A note on the Ethics curriculum: Ethics is a required course for seniors; it is not a religion class, but rather an academic course intended to approximate a freshman-level college ethics course. The content and purpose of the course are consistent with our mission of promoting moral principles in our students.
Honors courses are offered primarily in junior- and senior-level classes. The purpose of the Honors Curriculum is to offer more rigorous instruction to those students who seek additional academic challenges. The Honors Curriculum is consistent with our school’s intent to emphasize depth of study over breadth of study. Many of the Honors classes are designed to prepare students for AP examinations in May. Honors courses are weighted by one-half point.