Leadership skills are important life skills. At Brookwood, students are exposed to a variety of leadership opportunities that enable them to take risks, build confidence and strengthen relationships with fellow students and members of our school community.
In addition to the programs and initiatives listed below, students of all ages are encouraged by our faculty to follow their passions, take initiative and exercise personal agency in an effort to develop skills that will pay back over a lifetime.
8th Grade Leadership Groups
Leadership Groups are an opportunity for 8th graders to exert and develop their leadership skills within the Brookwood community, guided by dedicated faculty mentors. Groups vary year to year, and range from Yearbook Committee coordinators to School Meeting emcees. Students apply to a group by submitting a letter of interest or a 1-minute video in September. By October, group membership is confirmed and students begin serving our school community by planning school-wide events, running School Meetings, greeting and welcoming visitors, and more.
Athletics Captain Lunches
Organized by Athletic Director Mike Wellington, captains of Upper School athletic teams gather periodically for captains lunches—a time to discuss what it means to be a leader both on and off the field. Mike leads students in conversations such as “What does leadership mean to you?” and “What challenges have you faced that you need help navigating?” At Brookwood, not only are captains role models to peer students, they are also responsible to serving their team. Are they the first one on the field and the last one off? Are they taking initiative to collect balls off the field at the end of practice? Are they warming up with the quietest member of their team? The group also discusses ways of amplifying our athletic spirit, like hosting spirit days that encourage all members of our school community to support and celebrate our student athletes.
At Brookwood, we believe that young people can accomplish mighty things. Kids thirst for opportunities to tackle challenges that matter; they are intrinsically motivated, ready to learn, intellectually curious and prepared to act. When student agency is paired with coaching and space for reflection, kids can do far more than you might think. Brookwood teachers make it clear to students from a very early age that they are equal contributors to the problem-solving process, and it’s having an impact. Our teachers engage students as agents in their own learning, empowering them to experience meaningful growth opportunities. We know that when kids become problem-finders and innovative solution-generators, their commitment to meaningful citizenship grows—both in their classrooms and beyond.