Students of Character Build on Legacy of Leadership

Published in the August, 2020 Issue of Chicago Parent magazine. Written by Claire Charlton.

New for the 2020-2021 school year, St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academy is a college prep choice for engaged students seeking leadership growth.

Effective leaders make a difference in the lives of others. Often, that difference can be life-changing. Yet even a strong desire to have a positive impact on the world doesn’t always translate to action. That leap is more likely to come from a foundation of moral character, empathy and teamwork formed through immersive experiences where leadership becomes a way of life.

Students looking to gain these unique character-building experiences now have an opportunity to join St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academy, a new college preparatory leadership academy within St. John’s Northwestern Academies, which also includes John’s Northwestern Military Academy. The Leadership Academy is opening for the 2020-2021 school year and joins the traditional leafy campus in Delafield, Wisconsin, just 115 miles from Chicago. “The Leadership Academy is an environment where students who are focused on academics, athletics and fine arts as pathways to higher education and careers are also involved in the intentional development of character and leadership skills,” says St. John’s Northwestern Academies Headmaster Eric Wozniak, Ph.D. “Essentially, the profile is aligned to students who are interested in making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others through the development of their intelligence, talents, passions and leadership.”

Building on Excellence

Since 1884, St. John’s Northwestern Academies has prepared students to achieve excellence in higher education and their future career by instilling critical leadership skills. By challenging students through a proprietary curriculum to recognize their own potential and achieve their higher moral purpose, St. John’s Northwestern Academies positions students for a lifetime of success, no matter what they choose to pursue.

“Built on principals of academics, character development, leadership and athletics, the Military Academy models a cadet program that provides structure and discipline. However, the Leadership Academy will operate on a unique prefect model to allow students to hold leadership positions and aspire to achieve and support fellow students through a peer hierarchy,” explains Wozniak.

In small classes with a high ratio of faculty-to-student, students will explore various types of leadership styles through which they develop academic strength and personal independence in a supportive environment.

“The Leadership Academy will provide a unique combination of coursework in character-based leadership principles along with experiential learning in a student-led model of schooling designed as a leadership laboratory intended to cultivate adaptive, transformative and servant leadership dispositions,” Wozniak says.

Safe and Secure in the Heart of Lake Country

The spacious campus of St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academies evokes a traditional college-prep environment, complete with athletic fields for football, baseball, soccer, track and field, and cross country. Students can also compete in wrestling, swimming, golf, tennis, hockey or on the 2019 conference champion basketball team.

St. John’s Northwestern Academies have full on-site health care and strong protocols in place for fall 2020 in order to keep students healthy and safe. It’s an appropriate environment for students who thrive by working alongside peers in face-to-face learning rather than in an online environment. Here, students can also explore individual strengths and build their own success stories through ownership of their educational experiences.

By tapping into a 137-year legacy of leadership development, all students at St. John’s Northwestern Academies are poised to serve as influential members of a global community through mindful growth of excellence in academics, service, talents, passions and, most of all, leadership.

Learn more about the many opportunities available at St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academies.