Student Life

Leadership Development

Newark Academy offers students the opportunity to explore all facets of leadership and supports the notion that students may lead from any position in a group or organization.

From serving as the spokesperson of a group project to writing a proposal for starting a new club, Newark Academy students are given opportunities to develop leadership skills every day. The acquisition of leadership skills and experiences are built in to the NA curriculum at every grade level through the adoption of the "Six Cs"  -- a rubric of essential skills that students are expected to develop over the course of their NA education.

Beyond the classroom, NA students hone their skills in more than 60 extracurricular clubs and activities -- from the student newspaper and Mock Trial team to the Philosophy and Psychology Club and the Robotics Team. 

As students' understanding of leadership deepens, they are encouraged to step into roles and take risks in order to hone their developing leadership skill set. While traditional leadership roles such as club or activity officers and sports team captains are available, NA students also are encouraged to take on roles involving advocacy, policy development and mentoring.

Examples of student leadership opportunities include:

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  • Newark Academy's School Council

    Student representation from all grade levels, work closely with faculty and administrator advisors, to develop student programming throughout the year and to give voice to student concerns. School Council elections -- which include both all-school positions and grade level positions -- take place during the Spring Semester. Sixth grade representative are elected in the Fall. 
  • The School Council’s Annual Voice Proposal Process

    This annual process gives students the opportunity to recommend changes to Newark Academy's policies and practices. Students' voices and ideas are channeled through the School Council. Council representatives then present proposals to NA's Administrative Leadership team for consideration. Past student voice proposals are credited with designations of no homework days after certain holidays and major events and the installation of a Fro-Yo (frozen yogurt) machine in the Dining Hall. 
  • CIA - Classroom Intern Association

    Applications are open to Upper School students interested in serving as teaching assistants in the NA Middle School
  • The Peer Leaders Program

    A long-standing tradition at Newark Academy, the Peer Leaders program selects rising senior class members to lead groups of 9th grade students through the freshman year experience.  Peer leaders work in pairs and are typically assigned to a group of 10-12 ninth grade students. The Peer Leader program is guided by faculty members and administrators in advisor roles. 
  • Positions on Newark Academy Standing Committees

    Newark Academy seeks to engage students in many of the school's most important and meaningful decisions. One way that this is done is by selecting students to serve on standing decision-making groups including the Honor Council and Curriculum Committee.
  • Sports Team Captains

    Selected through a process that involves student-athletes, coaches, athletic and school administrators, the Minuteman Varsity Captains' program gives selected students an opportunity to share in the responsibility of team preparation and esprit d'corps. Team Captains are supported in their roles by their respective head coaches and the Director of Athletics.
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