In all aspects of their school lives, St. Margaret's students are provided leadership opportunities and are able to initiate, explore, and practice leadership skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Students are learning to become active and responsible citizens through formal and informal opportunities that work to advance justice on behalf of all members of our community and the world.
Leadership development in our students is actively promoted across all divisions at the classroom, division and school-wide levels through a cohesive program of leadership opportunities and development at the school. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership on the athletic field, on stage, for charitable organizations, or to better the culture and climate of the school community. In 2012, California Association of Independent Schools Accreditation Committee commended St. Margaret’s for, “creating an environment that fosters and nurtures student leaders through sequenced programming.”
Leadership, however, is not just traditional class positions that students can fill each year. Students feel empowered to identify their own leadership opportunities. Students discover that leadership is about finding their voice, mobilizing others, humility, and working hard, among other things, and that these are skills that will set them up for a life of positive impact. St. Margaret’s students do not sit passively, but rather demonstrate their character and actively seek ways to better themselves, our school community and beyond.
Leadership opportunities are abundant across all divisions and are developmentally paced for increasing responsibility, decision-making and voice. Students practice and demonstrate leadership in deliberate and meaningful ways as they move through the divisions from Preschool to Upper School. They learn citizenship in the Preschool and understand the importance of helping a friend and being fair, rise to the opportunity to be big buddy in Lower School, create a student club in the Middle School or offer a powerful address on an important topic in Upper School Convocation and organize support around it. St. Margaret’s students respond to issues and needs, and they engage with one another with respect and admiration and distinguish themselves among their peers and beyond the St. Margaret’s campus.