Bishop Seabury Academy

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Bishop Seabury Academy
4120 Clinton Parkway
Lawrence, Kansas, 66047
United States
Coordinates 38°56′37″N 95°17′34″W / 38.9435°N 95.2927°W / 38.9435; -95.2927Coordinates: 38°56′37″N 95°17′34″W / 38.9435°N 95.2927°W / 38.9435; -95.2927
School type Private, Middle & High School
Founded 1997
CEEB Code 171680 [1]
Principal Dr. Don Schawang
Grades 6 to 12
Gender coed
Enrollment 132 (October 2010)
Color(s)      Blue
Mascot Seahawk
Affiliation Episcopal

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]



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[edit]

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:


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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

Overseas trips[edit]

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.[citation needed] In 2012, students and teachers traveled to Costa Rica.[3] For the 2013 trip, students will travel to France.


Headmaster's Holiday[edit]

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.[4]

Form Trips[edit]

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." [5]


  1. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ (Official page for the Costa Rica trip, linked to from the school's home page)
  4. ^ (March 11 Headmaster's Friday Letter, only reference to Headmaster's Holiday on
  5. ^ ( Form Trips page)

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