Student government is an important avenue through which students develop and practice leadership skills through meaningful experiences. There are three main branches that comprise the student government and, within those branches, there are numerous opportunities available for young women to hone their leadership skills on a daily basis.
Grade Level Officers
Each year every grade elects a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Athletic Association Liaison. Officers act as role models within the school and are responsible for the planning and execution of class events, the development of class spirit and supporting a positive school environment. They lead their respective classes during class meetings and represent their classes opinions and interests to the Student Council. Grade level officers practice the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance.
Student Council is a governing body of 10 students voted into their positions of responsibilities by their peers. President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Events Coordinator and Athletic Association Liaisons are elected by the entire student body. Additionally, the President and Vice President of each of the grade levels serve on the Council. Student Council members practice the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance, act as role models to their peers and support a positive school environment.
Student Council members address matters of student life including, but not limited to, student engagement, school policies and procedures, social functions and graduation. It is an honor to serve as a member of School Council and also a significant responsibility.
Formal Leadership Instruction
Every student is enrolled in Leadership with her grade level classmates. The course meets once every 6 day rotation and focuses on the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance. Topics such as time management, organization, public speaking and essay writing are examples of what is covered in the classes. The course incorporates hands on activities that focus on students recognizing their leadership styles and putting them into practice effectively in groups.
Community Service Days (Lower School On-Campus, grades 5-12 off Campus)
Each year students participate in two mandatory experience-rich community service days, in the fall and spring. Students spend the day volunteering their time on and off campus to give back to The Academies and communities throughout the Capital District.
The May Project is an educational experience that gives seniors the opportunity for academic leadership in that they are able to pursue a variety of professional experiences during the month of May. In the past, students have worked in research laboratories, museums and recording studios to name just a few May Projects. The program allows students to explore their passions and ideas and put into action the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance. Each student’s project is different but follows a specific set of principles and guidelines. A student chooses two advisors, one on campus and one at the site of the May Project and finds an appropriate placement with the support of the School. The student keeps a daily journal documenting time spent on the project and reflecting on the experience. In early June, each student shares her project via reports, exhibits or documentaries with the school community, local professionals and families at the May Project Fair.