Leadership Education

Combining Tradition and Innovation

Culver students explore principles of self-awareness, collaboration and understanding leadership for change through the Leadership Education Curriculum. They are challenged to understand the power of building teams to accomplish goals and reflect on their roles as members and leaders within those teams.

Leadership Education Curriculum

Culver Academies is unique among schools across the nation in its Leadership Education Curriculum – a core academic subject that requires rigorous effort and provides hands-on leadership experience. The concepts of leadership taught in these courses resonate across the rest of Culver’s academics and connect integrated programs across campus. 

  • A comprehensive 4-year curriculum includes Living, Learning, and Leading; Thinking and Teaming; Ethics; and Service Leadership Practicum. Ambitious students also have the option to earn Honors in Leadership.
  • Students examine character strengths, cultivate growth mindset, develop cultural competency, practice teamwork, analyze decision-making, consider ethical frameworks, model responsible citizenship, and perform practical service learning.
  • Traditional values are combined with innovative learning strategies to encourage student leaders who are connected to the past and prepared for the future. Classes engage in student-centered harkness discussions on Aristotelian virtues. Community service projects are constructed using the user-centered design thinking process favored by leading technology companies. Time-tested meets cutting-edge.
  • The curriculum is based on contemporary research and seeks to equip students with essential core concepts and the critical-thinking skills necessary to apply those concepts to their own experience.

Classroom learning serves as one of the many avenues that enables leadership learning for a focused and integrated educational experience.

The Leadership Department consists of diverse, dedicated faculty passionate about modeling, inspiring, challenging, enabling, and encouraging all students to develop as leaders, using an academically rigorous curriculum designed to empower students with essential 21st century leadership skills. Students are challenged to reflect and apply these concepts to themselves and their numerous teams (in the classroom, in the CGA Prefect System or the CMA Leadership System, in Athletics, in Clubs, in Global Studies, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and more) throughout their time at Culver.