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.
In 2018, Whitfield launched the Leadership Development Series, to provide formal leadership skills training to students in grades 7 – 12 who have been identified as current or rising leadership by Whitfield’s faculty and staff. The learning objectives for the extracurricular class include learning one’s personal leadership style and how to leverage their strengths, how to effectively lead a group of peers, and how to put into action the Habits of Mind & Heart.
This Series is facilitated by Dr. Anna Warbelow, Director of Equity & Inclusion and Mrs. Barbara Sams, Director of College Counseling & Steward Scholars Coordinator.
Honor Code: As a member of the Whitfield Community we believe in sustaining and promoting a high level of personal honor and integrity. We are committed to academic excellence and social responsibility and to demonstrating respect, honesty and scholarship. As individuals, we assume the responsibility to preserve the ethical, academic and moral values of the community. The success of this Honor Code depends upon trustworthy behavior on the part of all involved.
"My experience as an Honor Council leader has taught me that the principles of the Honor Code are deeply embedded in the culture of Whitfield. Students embrace the Code with integrity and value the qualities of honesty, loyalty, and support of one another."
"This will be my fifth year serving on Honor Council. The experience has given me a much broader perspective of our school and a deeper appreciation for the work our teachers do every day."
"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."
"As a Student Council leader I have my grade depending on me. Not everyone can be in Student Council so I am the one who needs to get their ideas out. This has helped me step up in other classes and outside activities because I know I can be a leader."