There are abundant opportunities to develop leadership skills in both formal in informal roles throughout the school and community. We recognize and value the importance of fostering these skills for all children.
Democracy is an important part of living in our culture, and Westboro Academy students learn about it first hand from an early age. All of our students are represented by an elected Student Council. Each September, students from grades 4-8 run for elections. They run a campaign educating their schoolmates about their ideas and hopes for the school and culminate the period with bilingual speeches to the entire school community. After learning about the democratic process, all the students are eligible to vote for their preferred candidates.
Throughout the remainder of each school year, this Council leads the school on a number of levels. They act as role models and mentors, but also spearhead initiatives that will benefit their constituents. Some of these initiatives include charity fundraising, ideas to maintain high levels of school spirit, fun days and global awareness. They also include school improvements and service initiatives.
Having a student council gives wonderful opportunities to demonstrate the democratic process, but also for leadership to emerge and for voices to be heard.
Students may be selected by the staff and faculty to be ambassadors of the school and to represent the school at events. These students are then trained in public relations and diplomacy in preparation for giving tours and being official representatives of Westboro Academy. Up to 25 students from grades 3-8 may be selected for this important leadership role.
Each of the school’s four houses is led by a captain. Each fall, members elect their captain for the year to lead them enthusiastically and to role model excellence in citizenship, school spirit and kindness towards others.
Older students buddy up with younger students to help build community. Entire classes are paired up for regular formal sessions of reading stories, playing games or doing crafts, but there are also many less formal contexts of the buddy system. A student that needs a hand in connecting to their peers at recess, or a boost with a particular skill may also be assigned a learning buddy. After school, there are opportunities for peer tutoring or tutoring a younger student. This generates a win-win scenario by developing leadership, enhancing learning and building community all at the same time!