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Student Leadership

Leadership Program Overview

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:

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