Many schools discuss the importance of leadership training, but at Suffield Academy we have fully established programs for all students to develop leadership skills. In 2002, Suffield embarked on an ambitious project to bring formal leadership studies to the academic program. The program aims to develop human beings with integrity who wish to make a significant and positive impact on our society. It begins with a focus on personal mastery skills, moves to an emphasis on community service efforts, and culminates in practical experience for all seniors. We teach ways of thinking and developing skills, traits, and habits in order to enhance each student’s leadership qualities and capabilities.
Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 take required year-long courses where the curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and guided self-discovery. The leadership experience at Suffield concludes in the 12th-grade, with each student participating in senior seminars and a senior speaker series introduced by the Class of 2017. The program emphasizes seven core elements which each student is exposed to in direct ways: personal mastery, moral foundation, goal-setting, communication skills, problem-solving, self-awareness, and inspiring and mobilizing others.