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Written by student contributors: Libby Cohen and Sophia Elahi

Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences is more than a place for academics; it is a nurturing ground for developing future leaders who embrace a leadership focused way of life. The school provides a variety of opportunities for students to take charge, contribute meaningfully to their school community, and shape their educational journey. From club leadership to student council participation, the chance to run for leadership positions, project/assignment leadership opportunities, and the unique ability offered to take charge and personalize one's learning, Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to instilling leadership skills in its students in every aspect of their lives here. 


1. Club Leadership 

One distinctive feature of the leadership culture at Christa McAuliffe School is the encouragement and support for students to initiate and run their own clubs. The school recognizes that leadership isn't just about participating in existing structures but also about creating unique, personal, and fun opportunities for oneself and others. As a result, students are not only encouraged but actively supported in forming clubs that align with their interests and passions. 


The process of creating and running a club at Christa McAuliffe School involves a collaborative approach. Students interested in starting a club can work with Personalized Education Coaches to define the club's mission, objectives, and activities. This not only provides students with the opportunity to exercise their creativity and initiative but also hones their organizational and leadership skills from the very start of the club. 


Many students at Christa McAuliffe School have taken advantage of this opportunity, resulting in a diverse array of clubs that cater to a wide range of interests. From STEM-focused clubs to art appreciation societies, to fan discussion clubs and everything in-between, the school's atmosphere is enriched by the dynamic and student-driven nature of its club landscape. 


Participating in or leading a club not only enhances students' leadership capabilities but also fosters a sense of community and shared purpose. Students learn to collaborate, communicate effectively, and manage group dynamics – all crucial aspects of effective leadership. The encouragement of club creation and leadership reflects the school's commitment to nurturing proactive leaders who can shape their learning experiences and contribute to the vibrant school community.


Explore the wide selection of currently offered clubs here


2. National Honor Society (NHS) Leadership 

Membership in the National Honor Society at Christa McAuliffe School goes beyond academic recognition; it serves as a catalyst for fostering a leadership-focused way of life. NHS members are not only encouraged to excel academically but also to actively take on leadership roles within the school community as well as the world around them. 


Being part of NHS provides students with a unique platform to demonstrate leadership in various capacities. Whether it's helping around their communities, leading community service projects, or serving as mentors to fellow students, NHS members at Christa McAuliffe School are given opportunities to refine their leadership skills in unique, real-world scenarios. 


Additionally, NHS emphasizes the importance of taking charge of one's learning. Members are encouraged to set academic goals, pursue challenging coursework, and engage in a continuous journey of self-improvement. This commitment to academic excellence aligns with the broader philosophy of the school in empowering students to be active participants in their educational journey as well as their greater exploration into themselves as people and global citizens. 


On top of this, as global citizens, NHS members at Christa McAuliffe School are instilled with a sense of responsibility beyond their immediate academic and local community. The society encourages a broader perspective, emphasizing the role of education and leadership in creating positive change on a global scale. This aspect of NHS membership aligns with the school's commitment to producing well-rounded individuals who understand their role as responsible citizens of the world. 


Read about our National Honor Society chapter here