The St. Mary’s Leadership Program is seamlessly integrated into the core academic program through projects, discussions, student involvement and practical application. It focuses on four main principles which form the cornerstones of a strong community: Attitude, Commitment, Engagement and Service (four ACES). Students in Preschool through Lower School learn that leadership is a characteristic which anyone can display. Leaders are everyday people who lead by example and inspire others to become better individuals.
Leadership opportunities abound through experiences in the classroom, participation in the arts, music and athletic programs, involvement in student government and initiation of service learning projects which allow students to experience leadership at the practical level. Students are able to develop a self-awareness as they learn their individual strengths through daily participation in the program. Direct instruction on leadership and global awareness occurs through our Communities, Chapels and Advisory curriculums.
Students are able to further their acquisition of leadership skills through involvement in the following programs:
ASB provides the student government for St. Mary’s with an opportunity to meet on a bi-weekly basis with elected officers and committee members from the Middle School. The purpose of ASB is to promote good citizenship, to encourage a high standard of scholarship, to arouse a spirit of pride within the school, to demonstrate the practical application of leadership and to contribute to the general welfare of the school and community. Students are responsible for the yearlong planning of pep rallies, intramural tournaments, assemblies, social activities and philanthropic opportunities.
Lower School Leadership is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their leadership, communication, planning and collaboration skills during the school year. Lower School Leaders will be able to reflect the student body of St. Mary’s and provide a positive experience for visiting students and guests. Two students will be selected by the teacher from each grade level class to serve in the position for the school year.
The Student Ambassador Program is designed to provide Middle School students with the opportunity to develop their leadership, interpersonal communication, and public speaking skills during a one-year commitment. St. Mary’s Student Ambassadors reflect the student body of St. Mary’s and provide a positive experience for visiting students and guests.
The culminating event for the Leadership Program is the Tribute to Leadership Assembly and presentation of the Father Ernest D. Sillers Legacy Award. The Legacy Award, which is given annually, honors a St. Mary’s Grade 8 student who demonstrates and represents the highest standards of St. Mary’s Four Aces of Leadership through their involvement in school, local organizations and the community.