Leadership development is a major component of the Linsly School student experience. We believe leaderships starts with students developing self-awareness, self-discipline, and habits of behavior that result in sound and good personal decision making.
Once students develop basic skills and habits, and as they meet certain expectations, it is our role to provide students with developmentally appropriate opportunities to grow as collaborators, communicators, mentors, and leaders of groups, teams, and our school community.
All teachers, coaches, and administrators at Linsly take time to prioritize leadership development, and Linsly has strategically developed programs, curriculum, and community expectations so that students have opportunities to gain confidence and develop leadership characteristics that will help them in all aspects of their life.
The James F. Companion Leadership Institute
The James F. Companion Leadership Institute is a program for all Linsly Upper School students that offers a four-year curriculum in a seminar and workshop format. The curriculum develops leadership skills to prepare students for a life of success and significance while also equipping them to be impactful and productive members of a college or university setting. Seminars and workshops are taught by Linsly instructors, but also frequently utilize guest speakers, and help students better understand how their actions, habits, and mindset will influence their success when learning, collaborating, leading, and interacting with people of diverse backgrounds.
The Prefect System
The prefect system is a form of student government and leadership. It is comprised of outstanding seniors and a limited number of exceptional juniors. The Prefect System is active in every phase of life at Linsly. Prefects assist new students in their adjustment to Linsly, and they act as liaisons between students and faculty. Prefects serve in this way as an extension of the faculty and administration. Through regular meetings with the administration, they also help plan social and educational activities for the school.
National Honor Society
Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon a high school student. Selection for membership is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. To be eligible for membership, students must complete an application process, and be a second-semester tenth, eleventh, or twelfth-grade students who must have been in attendance at The Linsly School for the equivalent of one semester.
Middle School Leadership Council (MSLC)
The Middle School Leadership Council is an active student group within the middle school to guide the student body of Linsly's core values of citizenship, respect, integrity, courage, responsibility, and perseverance. This group is the primary student leadership group in the Middle School and it is comprised of the eighth graders who have demonstrated scholarship and character and have been inducted into Linsly's chapter of the NJHS. Members must model Linsly's core values consistently throughout the school year.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon a middle school student. Selection for membership is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.
Resident Assistant (RA)
Each dormitory has a group of selected individuals who, in the consensus of the dorm heads, exemplify what it means to be a boarding student at Linsly. The role of the RA is to be a resource for both new and returning students and help foster a strong sense of community within their dorms and the on-campus community as a whole.
Team Captains / Club Leaders
Varsity teams and school clubs all utilize student leaders to help shape the overall group experience. Careful guidance and support is provided by coaches and adult facilitators, but engaging student leaders in these groups is always a priority.