Leadership Academy

What is leadership? What are the responsibilities of a good leader? How do you become a leader?

The Leadership Academy at the Winchester Thurston School is a comprehensive approach to developing skills built upon the philosophy that leadership begins with character.

Leadership Academy combines projects and activities that challenge Middle School students, building a sense of confidence, community, and responsibility.

Components of the program include:

  • Partnering with local and global organizations to identify ways students can make an impact on the greater community.
  • An annual retreat focused on team-building, self-reliance, and self-awareness.
  • The opportunity for students to educate their peers about what they are learning.
  • Research combined with hands-on, project-based activities.


Program topics have included:

  • Air Quality
  • Biking and Walking
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Gardening and Local Farming
  • Outdoor Education for Children
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Park and Forest Protection
  • Reuse, Recycling and Composition
  • River and Water Protection
  • Urban Environment Improvements