Leadership Challenge

Christ School emphasizes leadership development for its students through a variety of arenas: athletics, the outdoor program, leadership training sessions, form development, student life curriculum, community service, and senior leadership. 

Although Christ School develops effective leaders through all of these outlets in unique ways, we have created a leadership curriculum that builds synergy between some of these programs and improves the overall leadership development of our students. 

The Christ School Leadership Challenge strives to offer training, activities, and experiences that develop leadership skills and instill an ethic of servant leadership, motivating and preparing students for leadership at Christ School and beyond.

This program is about more than learning to lead:  the Leadership Challenge also seeks to develop well-rounded men of character that are informed about the world around them. These young men demonstrate compassion and concern for others and look to apply their knowledge and skills to doing good works. 

Students in grades 8-12 will participate in the Leadership Challenge with a curriculum designed specifically for their grade.

The Christ School Leadership Challenge will develop leadership through the following experiences and activities:

  • Teambuilding: Each grade will spend at least a full day working with leadership professionals on teambuilding skills that create class unity, require problem solving and cooperation, and provide a template for application to leading at Christ School.
  • Service: Each grade will participate in a class service project that includes a “before and after” project debrief. Each grade will be incentivized to participate in an area of service that matches the leadership theme for that grade.
  • Life Skills (two sessions each semester): Students in each grade will participate in educational and interactive sessions that teach them non-academic skills, such as creating a budget, behaving with excellent manners, and following current events. This program will also expose students to subjects such as multiculturalism, social media, and substance awareness.
  • Guests speakers and panels: local civic leaders, accomplished alumni and parents, and coaches and athletes will work with individual grades during the year to share their experiences and reinforce lessons and skills in leadership.
  • Leadership Simulations: Each grade will have the opportunity to apply their leadership experiences and skills to leadership simulations and activities.
  • TED Talks and other digital media resources
  • Interactive leadership games and activities  

The form advisors and Director of Residential Life work together to implement this program, with the support of Life Skills instructors and outside speakers and facilitators.

8th and 9th Grade: Becoming a Greenie

In the first two years at Christ School, younger students (many new to Christ School) encounter a world of independence and responsibility that is both challenging and rewarding. Before one can lead others, a student must learn how to navigate Christ School and take ownership and leadership of himself.

10th Grade: Leadership through Citizenship

Throughout history, many great leaders have risen from the ranks of honest, hardworking citizen to powerful politician, generous philanthropist, and wise elder. The 10th grade program emphasizes the core foundation of leading by example through good decision-making and citizenship during a year of major growth and maturing for young men.

11th Grade: Preparing to Lead

After mastering becoming a Greenie and a citizen of Christ School and beyond, 11th grade students are ready to begin a year-long journey to prepare them to emerge as leaders at Christ School. This experience will culminate with many students being tapped to lead the school at the end of the year as senior leaders. In addition to “Preparing to Lead,” students will also focus on leadership in the military and consider how past and current leaders prepare to lead and develop teams in times of war and peace. This program focuses on developing leaders in the context effective teams and understanding the strengths and weaknesses that individual leaders bring to their role in these teams.

12th Grade: Leadership and Life

As seniors lead Christ School in many formal and informal aspects of daily living, the leadership program works to develop their skills as senior leaders through reflection and feedback, while also asking students to consider the ways in which their Christ School leadership experience shapes their skills and outlook heading into college and the professional world. Senior leaders take on “professional development” through leadership training and prepare for life after Christ School.

Contact Us

500 Christ School Road
Arden, NC 28704
T: 828-684-6232
F: 828-684-2745 

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