Middle School student leadership is about exploration. Each year, a new slate of elected officers is chosen by the students and the faculty and, over the course of their tenure, they learn about the components of leadership by grappling with real issues. The school administration works intentionally with the Student Council both to hear concerns that come up from the students, and to ask their assistance in trouble-shooting issues that are of interest to parents and teachers, as well as students.
In Middle School, our elected officers are role models for all of the students. They are front and center each week at assembly and it’s inspiring to see their grace and comfort with their jobs grow over the year.” Eighth grade advisor
Here are two examples of issues the Student Council has tackled:
Student Dress Code – the council members advocated for changes based on the feedback they collected from the larger student body. Changes were recommended to the administration and amendments were made to the policy.
Technology at School – there was a concern that students were on their iPads too much during the day. Working with the council and the teachers, the Middle School now has Blue Day Screen Days, which means that two days a week, students may have their iPads and phone out at lunch. It’s a good compromise that works for students and teachers.
Student leadership is not about a title. It’s about growing into a leader who can be both loud and soft, forceful and collaborative, and ready for the challenges of Upper School. Working with caring, open advisors and deans, these students learn what living our Mission, Vision and Values truly means.
Once in Upper School, student leadership takes many forms. Our faculty encourage each student to find a way to use their voice to guide their peers. Many juniors and seniors participate in the UPrep summer leadership institute, where students choose to focus their learning on leadership in student life, academics, athletics, or the arts. More formally, the Associated Student Body is an elected body charged with designing community-building student events.