Curriculum Overview

The Suffield Academy Leadership Program

In 2002, Suffield embarked on an ambitious project to bring formal leadership studies to the academic program. As part of their graduation requirement, every student takes leadership each year they attend Suffield. The Leadership Program follows a developmentally appropriate sequence, with courses meeting twice a week for 9th- and 10th-graders, once a week for 11th-graders, and biweekly for 12th-graders. The curriculum has a pyramid design with the base serving as the focus of 9th- and 10th-graders, moving up the series of skills until their senior year. 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 & mobilizing others.

Aside from the inherent value in studying these skills, the Leadership Program has served as an excellent vehicle for integrating the academic program with the other programs of the school. From technological competencies to college counseling to ethical decision-making in a community, the leadership curriculum has obvious, multiple applications. For example, the time management skills and learning styles profiles studied in 9th-grade leadership translate to the classroom and everywhere else at Suffield. Similarly, the 10th-grade focus on group dynamics translates to the project-oriented nature of certain classes, as well as the dorm and athletic fields.
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
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