Learning To Be Leaders
With an emphasis on leadership and self governance, students rise to rigorous personal and academic expectations. Through positive encouragement with peers, teachers, and staff, your child’s self confidence will begin to advance. There are many ways we encourage self governance, with the guidance of the instructors, to set the tone for our future leaders.
While our high school students take leadership courses designed for their chosen Academy (Military JROTC or Prefect Civil Leadership), all middle school students take the SJNA Aspiring Leaders classes. In the 7th grade, students examine the foundational competencies that all leaders must develop: social awareness, self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. Students learn to recognize their own strengths and challenges in these areas, and explore personal interest, aptitudes, strengths, and areas of challenge and learn about careers and the world of work. In the 8th grade, students gain an understanding of how they build relationships, communication, work on a team, appreciate diversity, and engage in the world around them. Students also build upon the previous year of social and emotional competencies as they shift toward application of their strengths, identifying problems, analyzing solutions, and reflecting on moral and ethical principles.