St. Ursula Academy’s focus on leadership is unmistakable in everything we do—both in the classroom and in the many extracurricular activities in which the girls participate.
In the classroom, girls lead small group discussions and projects. They present information formally and informally in front of their classmates. They volunteer to read aloud and answer questions. They confidently raise their hand to share their thoughts. They become comfortable speaking their minds and taking on responsibility.
We also offer academic courses in leadership—because we feel girls can’t get too much instruction on what lies ahead in their college and career experiences.
The Leadership Program for Girls
In spring 2021, The Leadership Program for Girls chose SUA as the first high school in the nation to offer its rigorous leadership development program. As the first National Girls’ Leadership School, SUA will include The Leadership Course in its curriculum as a mandatory class for every student, beginning with the Class of 2025.
The Leadership Program’s mission is to bring intentional, equitable, and evidence-based leadership learning to the academic school day. The four-year leadership model for high school girls combines a rigorous focus on academics with an equally important focus on leadership, self-leadership, and service. Students will take a nine-week course every year to enhance and reinforce these important concepts.
The program is advised by a team of the world’s foremost thought leaders in leadership development from Harvard University, The Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and other leading education experts from across the country.
This required course for sophomores discusses the basics of leadership—the traits and characteristics one needs to lead. While leadership has many parts, one of the core foundations of leadership is knowing and understanding oneself first. Students learn about themselves to understand the elements needed for leadership success.
Women in Leadership
This course allows students to uncover and understand the unique challenges, constraints, and opportunities that face women today as they ascend to leadership positions in organizations. Topics include recognizing the dynamics of power, authority, and influence; being different; managing multiple roles; and managing social expectations of women. Concepts and research insights from psychology, sociology, and business are part of the curriculum.
SUA girls lead their peers in athletic and extracurricular situations. They are captains for their sports teams and Student Council representatives. They research and propose new ideas to school administration about service programs. They organize fundraisers. They take responsibility for an entire project or process—and carry it through to completion.
The students on our Executive Student Council created and organized a Breast Cancer Bowl, an annual flag football game between Toledo Catholic schools. All proceeds will go to The Victory Center, a local organization that provides hope and support to cancer patients, survivors, and those closest to them.
They learn what it means to lead others, to stay on task, to be a strong voice. And that’s a life skill that will last forever.