“Every student at Suffield will be exposed in a direct way to important components of the Leadership Program. Our curriculum is not only focused on teaching about leadership, but on helping each student develop skills and habits that lend themselves to effectively inspiring others.” Headmaster Charlie Cahn
The initial areas of emphasis in the Suffield Academy Leadership Program are personal skill-building and group dynamics. We then turn the focus to self-assessment and understanding different leadership styles. Lastly, we underscore the overarching importance of having a significant and positive impact on society. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 take required year-long leadership courses where the curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and guided self-discovery. The leadership experience at Suffield concludes in the 12th-grade, when every senior holds at least one formal leadership position and present a personal speech to the community. During spring term, the future graduates participate in a seminar program that focuses on topics such as financial awareness, digital footprints, and Title IX.

Key Components by Grade

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • » Breaking the Ice—Grade 9

    -Life Skills and Orientation to High School
    -Ice breakers: interactive games
    -Community values and expectations
    -Individual goal-setting
    -Time management
    -Self awareness & personal identity
    -Personal mentors & role models
    -Moral foundation: values, honor, & ethical decision making
    -Communication skills: public speaking & active listening
    -Prejudice & stereotypes: understanding differences
    -Health and sexuality
    -Information literacy
    -Teamwork & group dynamics
    -Climbing wall & low ropes course at the SOLO Barn
    -Introduction to College Counseling
  • » Embracing Community—Grade 10

    -Close review of life skills
    -Media literacy
    -Self-awareness: multiple intelligence theory, learning styles inventory
    -Group dynamics
    -Ethical scenarios and case studies
    -Communication skills
    -Service and servant leadership: social needs and issues
    -Off-campus service learning projects
    -College counseling part 1: PSAT and PLAN tests, visiting schools, learning college admission language
  • » The Environment and Self-Advocacy—Grade 11

    -Running a meeting
    -Group dynamics
    -Feedback: giving and receiving messages
    -Understanding different forms of intelligence
    -Conflict resolution
    -Leadership styles—situational leadership and case studies
    -Self as leader: exploring 12th-grade leadership positions
    -Standardized test preparation
    -College 101 (résumé building, college visits, mock interviews)
  • » Leaders of the School—Grade 12

    Seniors actively engage in formal leadership positions such as:
    dorm proctors
    teaching assistants
    tour guide leaders
    academy tutors
    student newspaper and yearbook editors
    chapel committee members
    dining hall headwaiters
    work program inspectors

    Senior Speaker Series: presenting an individual speech to the community

    Participating in spring term seminars with topics such as philanthropy and volunteerism, environmental issues and realities, financial management, digital footprint, and building and sustaining networks. 

What Students Say About Leadership

Senior Leadership: Kent Davis Speaking Competition

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