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This is you: Influential. Perceptive. Proud.

See how your talents and passions fit into an ever-changing global workforce. St. John’s Northwestern Prefect Academy combines four years of college preparatory courses and coaching with innovative, experiential learning to prepare you as a true global citizen. Join a diverse group of peers to advance your capabilities and learn to lead from the inside out.

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Shape character and increase knowledge in a student-led model

The Prefect Academy offers individualized instruction, with the opportunity for advanced placement and dual-credit courses. Our prefect model is based on student self-governance, with ample opportunities to grow as leaders. Spiritual growth draws on our Episcopalian roots while inclusively respecting all beliefs.

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Achieve your best, inspired by key values

Along with the four foundational pillars of St. John’s Northwestern education, Prefect Academy values are based on four principles.

Character: Explore moral knowing, moral feelings, and moral actions

Leading self: Know the importance of a proactive mindset, personal mastery and continuous learning

Leading others: Understand the power of influence and relationships, and the difference between individual and group learning

Leading to serve: Connect all you’ve learned to serve for a higher purpose, bringing about change as you give back and pay forward

Create a better future for yourself and the world

Your Prefect Academy experience follows a proprietary, carefully designed sequence, guiding you to understand and practice leadership of self, others and society.

Prefect Academy Leader Development Curriculum

Middle School: Social and Emotional Learning and Development

Self-awareness, empathy, teamwork, and responsible decision-making is the focus of the middle school leader development curriculum.

Year 1: Character Education-Self Leadership

Learn and develop the qualities of self-discipline, initiatives for personal growth, and self-leadership habits.

Year 2: Personal Influencers: Connecting with Others

Study critical principles to effectively communicate with others, use feedback, and handle criticisms.

Year 3: Leading Others: Giving Leadership

Develop a personal model of healthy leadership through self-awareness and leading others for the common good.

Year 4: Applied Leadership

What it takes to be a leader, meet the demands of being a leader, and think critically.