“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford
When we say we create tomorrow’s leaders at St. Francis, it’s not just lip service. From our youngest Primary School students to our eighth graders prepping for high school, leadership opportunities play a central role in our school culture. That’s because we know that even in lower grades, the honor of holding such positions as line leader, parliamentarian, and chaplain boost not only self-confidence but also decision-making and governance skills.
In Lower School, every fourth-grade student is given the opportunity to serve on the Lower School Leadership Council. Representatives are randomly chosen and rotated each quarter. As a council representative, students assist with morning carpool, special events and activities, and admissions tours.
By Middle School, students are encouraged to serve on one of several councils through which they organize themselves, establish goals and priorities, make decisions, settle conflicts, and listen to and respect the ideas of others. These opportunities, often paired with club membership, lead to social and emotional growth, as well as a strengthened knack for leadership.