Bishop Seabury Academy
|Bishop Seabury Academy|
|4120 Clinton Parkway
Lawrence, Kansas, 66047
|School type||Private, Middle & High School|
|CEEB Code||171680 |
|Principal||Dr. Don Schawang|
|Grades||6 to 12|
|Enrollment||132 (October 2010)|
Bishop Seabury Academy is a private, co-educational, Episcopal middle school and high school (grades 6–12) in Lawrence, Kansas. The school is accredited by ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) and is a member of KSHSAA. It is named for Samuel Seabury, first bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. It is currently one of two private middle/high schools in Lawrence.
Bishop Seabury Academy was founded in 1997 by its board of trustees and opened with about 32 students at 1411 E. 1850 Road, east of Lawrence in what used to be the Kaw Valley School. Kris Pueschel was the head of school for the first several years. The school went through a rough period during the 2001–2002 school year. Perry Williams, a seventh grader at the time, was killed in a car accident during Christmas break. Later that winter, Pueshel was removed from his position by the board of trustees. The following year Chris Carter was installed as head of school. In 2007, Carter resigned and Dr. Don Schawang, who had taught at the school since 2000, was appointed Headmaster.
In 2003 the school moved to the Alvamar Racquet Club building at 4120 Clinton Parkway in southwest Lawrence after a large renovation project that turned the building's four tennis courts into classrooms, a science lab, full size gym and stage, and a computer lab. The school also uses an adjacent building (called the annex) on the campus for administrative offices. In December 2006, the school announced a $1.5 million 10th Anniversary Capital Campaign to replace the annex with a new building.
In the spring of 2007, Chris Carter, in an e-mail sent to parents and alumni, announced that he would be resigning at the end of the 2007–2008 school year. Matt Patterson, an English teacher and college counselor for the school, was named the assistant head of school, and he assumed many of the duties of head of school during the transition period.
In July 2007, Beth Stella, the president of the board of trustees for the school, sent an e-mail to the Seabury community announcing that Dr. Don Schawang, the school's theater program director, had been appointed head of school, and that Chris Carter would be leaving immediately instead of after the 2007–2008 school year.
Bishop Seabury Academy has several competing athletic teams in KSHSAA division 2A. In 2012, it moved up to 2A after being 1A since its founding in 1997. Their sports teams are:
- Boys Football
- Girls Volleyball
- Girls Tennis
- Cross Country
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- Boys Tennis
- Girls Soccer
- Girls Swimming
- Boys Golf
- Girls Golf
In 2012, the Boys Varsity Football team was reinstated after two years without a team because of low student participation. Girls Varsity Tennis has a history of doing well at the Kansas 1, 2, and 3A State, placing 3rd in doubles in 2012. The first team from Lawrence to break the top four since 1998.
The Varsity Cross Country team had a record year in 2011, with the Girls Team winning their Regional and going on to become 1A State Champions. That year the Boys Team also sent two runners to State as individuals.
Drama and theatre
One play each season (fall, winter, and spring) are produced by both the upper school and lower school (ninth graders can be cast in either upper or lower school plays, depending on where they are needed). There is also an annual variety show called Applause every spring.
Past and future plays include:
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- The Music Man
- Seussical Jr.
- Zombie Prom
- This is a Test (Fall 2007 Lower-School Show)
- The Girl Who Was Asked to Turn Blue (Fall 2007 Lower-School Show)
- The Cherry Orchard (Fall 2007 Upper-School Show)
- Alice In Wonderland (Winter 2007-08 Lower-School Touring Show)
- Waiting For Godot (Winter 2007-08 Upper-School Show)
- The Three Musketeers (Spring 2008 All-School Show)
- The Canterbury Tales (Fall 2008 Lower-School Show)
- Twelfth Night (Fall 2008 Upper-School Show)
- The Phantom Tollbooth (Winter 2008 Lower-School Touring Show)
- Grease (Spring 2009 All-School Show)
- Charlotte's Web (Fall 2009 Lower-School Show)
- Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Fall 2009 Upper-School Show)
- Cinderella (Winter 2009 Lower-School Touring Show)
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Winter 2009 Upper-School Show)
- You Can't Take it With You (Spring 2010 All-School Show)
- Paul Sills' Story Theatre (Fall 2010 Lower-School Show)
- A Few Good Men(Fall 2010 Upper-School Show)
- Robin Hood, by Mary Lynn Dobson(Winter 2010-11 Lower-School Touring Show)
- The Apple Tree(Spring 2011 All-School Show)
- Wiley and the Hairy Man(Fall 2011 Lower-School Show)
- The Wind in the Willows(Fall 2011 Upper-School Show)
- Godspell(Winter 2012 Upper-School Play)
- Our Town(Spring 2012 All-School Show)
- The Love for Three Oranges(Fall 2012 Lower-School Play)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream(Fall 2012 Upper-School Play)
- Seabury Stories(Winter 2013 Upper-School Play)
- Chronicles of Narnia(Winter 2013 Lower-School Touring Show)
- Sound of Music(Spring 2013 All-School Play)
- The Good Doctor(Fall 2013 Upper-School Play)
- The Jungle Book(Fall 2013 Lower-School Play)
The forensics (public speaking) team consists of roughly 40 highschool students who compete in a range of drama and speaking events. The Bishop Seabury Academy forensics team placed second at the 1A state tournament in 2008 and third at the 1A state tournament in 2010-2012.
The debate team, which was started in 2009, is the top 1A policy debate team in Kansas, and competes in the 321A division at State. In the program's first two years it was entirely student-led and is now coached by Larry Lawrence. In the 321A Four Speaker State Championship, the team placed fifth in 2009-10 and 2010–11 and third in 2011-2012 and 2012-13. The team has been featured on Planet Debate and the front page of the Fort Scott Tribune, as well as in the Lawrence Journal World and Lawrence's channel 6 news.
The journalism class is composed of a highschool staff and is responsible for the production of the yearbook, The Anchor, and the school's newspaper, The Seabury Chronicle. During the 2007–2008 school year, The Chronicle was produced once every three weeks by a staff of two juniors and two seniors. The paper covered student opinions, school activities, and school sports, but, after a series of controversial issues of the newspaper, it was discontinued. However, after three years, the journalism staff of 2012 resurrected it. This year the journalism staff is composed of 19 students and works to put out an eight-page edition twice a quarter. Students also put out an 84-page yearbook. Originally The Anchor yearbook was produced by three student editors and a rotating group of about ten other students each season. However, currently the yearbook is put together by the entire staff led by editor-in-chief. All students receive the 84-page book free-of-charge at orientation in August. The Chronicle and The Anchor are members of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
The academy sponsors multi-day field trips to international destinations every year during the two-week spring break. Past trips have included destinations such as Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and London, England. In 2012, students and teachers traveled to Costa Rica. For the 2013 trip, students will travel to France.
Headmaster's Holiday is a yearly special event at Bishop Seabury Academy created to provide a break to students. At the beginning of an unknown day, usually in the second semester of school, a teacher or senior reveals, through some complex series of events, that they are wearing a special green Headmaster's Holiday shirt. The students are served a "breakfast", usually consisting of doughnuts, and are taken away in a school bus to a location not revealed until they arrive. Previous locations have included an ice-skating trip, a Renaissance Fair, and twice to the Great Wolf Lodge . The students are returned to school, via bus, shortly before the normal dismissal time.
Form Trips are another annual event designed to relieve stress, wherein students are taken on trips, which last between two and four days. Each grade (or form) goes on a different trip, hence the name "form trips." 
- High School CEEB Code Search
- http://sites.google.com/site/costaricaspring2012/home (Official page for the Costa Rica trip, linked to from the school's home page)
- http://www.seaburyacademy.org/parents/fridayletter.cfm (March 11 Headmaster's Friday Letter, only reference to Headmaster's Holiday on seaburyacademy.org)
- http://www.seaburyacademy.org/parents/formtrips.cfm (seaburyacademy.org Form Trips page)
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