Collegiate Terms and Traditions

Collegiate is home to a series of unique traditions that define not only the school’s spirit, but the school community as a whole.  Holiday programs, fall festivals, honor code, Kindergarten Derby, senior speeches and individualized senior citations at graduation are examples of traditions that set Collegiate apart from area schools.

Below is a list of these traditions along with explanations as to how these traditions have shaped the history of Collegiate and will continue to define what it means to ‘Stand out. Be Collegiate.’

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  • Advisors

    Each middle and upper school student is assigned a faculty advisor who will serve as that student’s guide, mentor and advocate during the school year.
  • Annual Fund Campaign

    The Annual Fund Campaign provides the additional funds needed to fulfill the annual operating budget. Tuition covers approximately 88% of the budget and the Annual Fund fills the gap. The operating budget includes: faculty and staff salaries, arts programs, athletics, co-curricular activities and programs, professional development opportunities, and building maintenance and upkeep.  Parents are encouraged to assist in the Annual Fund Campaign particularly volunteering their time on Blue and Gold Sunday.
  • Back to School Night

    Held for each division at the beginning of the school year where parents meet their children’s teachers and hear about the curriculum for the coming school year.  Sign ups for class parties, field trips and parent teacher conferences are posted during this event.  This is an important school event to attend.
  • Booster Club

    Sponsored by the Parents Association, the role if the Booster Club is to raise money for collegiate athletics; facilitate communication between the athletic department and parents; and generate school spirit. All parents are asked to volunteer their time and possibly offer to be a team parent for one of their child's athletic teams. Activities include concessions, spirit wear, Booster Passes and Golf Scramble.
  • Care Coordinator

    The care coordinator is a PA volunteer who will organize the response of concern and compassion if a student/faculty or immediate family member experiences a serious illness or traumatic event. 
  • Collegiate Cornerstones

    The four Collegiate Cornerstones, RESPECT ♦ HONOR ♦ COMPASSION ♦ RESPONSIBILITY, are woven into the mission of the school and are articulated into the curriculum and programming of each division.
  • E-news

    An electronic mailing that is delivered bi-weekly and contains helpful information regarding school activities and events.
  • Fall Festival

    The Fall Festival is organized by the Parents Association and occurs on a Saturday in October.  Families and friends have the opportunity to play booth games, participate in the cake walk, and win prizes.
  • Gala

    This is the major fundraising event of the school year and is organized by the Development Office. The Gala typically occurs in February and includes an evening of dinner and drinks and live and silent auctions. Income from this event is used to fund faculty professional development, student financial assistance, and technology.
  • Glenmary Shop

    The Glenmary Shop is run by the Alumni Association and carries school polos, ties, sweatshirts, and spirit wear.  The shop is located in the  Upper   School  just outside of Alumni Hall.  Items may be purchased in the shop with cash or check or can be charged to your tuition account. You can also order online.
  • Grandparents Events

    The doors of Collegiate are always open to our student’s grandparents and we sincerely hope they will visit often. We host several events throughout the year for our grandparents.

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  • 8th Grade Breakfast

    This is a breakfast for 8th graders and their parents held at the end of the school year.
  • Holiday Program

    The Holiday Program including the tradition of the Alumni leading the school in the singing of Dona Nobis Pacem is held annually in December.  Communication regarding this programs/dates can be found on the school calendar as well as in communications from division heads throughout the year.
  • Honor Code

    The Honor Code is one of Collegiate’s most valued traditions. Collegiate’s Honor Code serves to cultivate honesty, fairness, and high esteem for other’s work and property. The Honor Code provides Collegiate students, staff, faculty, and families a treasured community of trust.
  • Interim

    This time period is offered to Middle and Upper School Students.  In-class curriculum is altered, special projects are assigned, or off-campus travel may be involved. Information regarding these weeks is provided through division emails and interim dates are listed in the school calendar.
  • Kindergarten Derby

    A Collegiate tradition that is over 50 years old and voted as one of the most important traditions by Alumni. This event takes place on the Thursday before Oaks. Kindergarteners decorate hobby horse heads and wear silks decorated by their 5th grade buddies as they race around the maypole. Seniors who participated in the Kindergarten Derby are recognized and the  Lower   School  classes participate in a themed parade. The Kentucky Derby Queen and her court attend this event and there is even Millionaires Row seating which is auctioned off at the annual Collegiate Gala. This is a Collegiate tradition you don’t want to miss!
  • Kindergarten/5th Grade Buddies

    Each Kindergarten student gets paired with a 5th grader who serves as their “buddy” for the year.  Events and opportunities for them to interact throughout the school year are planned.
  • LISC Dances

    Louisville  Independent School Council (LISC) is made up of the following schools - Collegiate, Walden, KCD,  Summit   Academy , Meredith Dunn, and Depaul. Three dances are sponsored during the school year between the 6 LISC schools.
  • Me Project

    The ME Project is a rite of passage for eighth graders at Collegiate. It is an opportunity to reflect on the growth that takes place in middle school. It is a focus on the self – how one impacts his or her community and, likewise, is impacted by the world around him or her. It is a chance for each individual to consider their development and accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom. The ME Project is shared with parents, peers, and teachers in the form of a ten-minute oral presentation. It must include a prepared speech and a visual collage, both of which incorporate the four areas of growth: physical, academic, social and inner self.
  • myCollegiate

    This serves as our online communication system.  Each parent has a specific login and password to access their account.  All important school communication is posted on this site including the school calendar and student report cards.
  • PAC (Parents Association and Counselors)

    The Parents Association and Counselors (PAC) co-sponsor PAC events throughout the school year. These PAC events provide parent education to the Collegiate community.
  • Parents Association

    All parents belong to the Parents Association (PA).  The goal of the PA is to strengthen the Collegiate community through volunteer and financial assistance of educational and recreational needs of the students as well as promoting open communication between administrators, teachers and parents. Parental involvement and support is integral to the mission of Collegiate. Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents, attend PA meetings and functions and to contact any PA executive board with questions or concerns.
  • Senior Speeches

    Each senior is expected to write and deliver a “senior speech” before the Upper School faculty and student body.  Students will work closely with an Upper School faculty member on composing and refining these speeches.
  • Senior/1st Grade Buddies

    Another important Collegiate tradition where each senior is paired with a 1st grade student. The buddies are announced at the Convocation Ceremony at the beginning of the school year. The seniors escort their first graders out of the Convocation Ceremony. At the end of the school year the 1st graders escort their seniors into the Graduation Ceremony. Throughout the year there are several school sponsored events planned for the 1st graders and their senior buddies.

School Information

2427 Glenmary Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
P: 502.479.0340
F: 502.454.8549
Louisville Collegiate School is a JK-12, co-ed independent day school located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.