As one of six Habits of Mind & Heart, leadership is an essential component of the Whitfield experience. Opportunities big and small, formal and informal, exist in and out of classrooms. From making a “happy birthday” announcement in Assembly to managing one of more than 20 student-led organizations, all students grow in confidence and poise during their time at Whitfield.
With our classrooms organized by department rather than grade level, students of all ages interact daily as they walk the halls of our building. As our young students look up to our older students, Upper School students lead by example and in doing so, shape the values of our school community.
In addition to traditional leadership positions like Student Council membership and athletic team captains, Whitfield students lead extracurricular clubs, classroom discussions, and parent-teacher conferences.
In a student body of our size, every student plays an important role in our school community. There is room and opportunity for all students to hold leadership positions, as well as to participate in a wide variety of activities from athletics to dramatic productions to dozens of student-led clubs. Whitfield students take pride in being involved, and embrace trying new things.
"I am one of the leaders of the Diversity Council and one of the students on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task force – two groups that discuss topics I am both passionate about and eager to implement in the Whitfield community. I am very grateful to be a part of a community that supports students of different interests and opinions and encourages leadership in whatever field they choose."
"This is my second year serving on Student Council. Through my experience as a grade level representative, I have learned to adjust my leadership approach per the situation. I am more open-minded, listen to others, and have improved my skills as a student and a leader.”
"My experience as a Student Council representative has taught me so much about my class and how to get people to work together to achieve our goals."
“I am active in the Secret Voice, our literary magazine, and am a member of the varsity dance team. I tackle new leadership opportunities with excitement and positivity. Freshman year, I choreographed and taught an entire dance routine to my grade for our Homecoming lip sync. I am approaching my junior and senior years with enthusiasm and courage to put myself out there with an eagerness to collaborate and use my voice.”