Leadership can be a difficult skill to teach. There are no textbooks or curriculum guides, especially for elementary and middle school students. SCA's military tradition uses a combination of classroom lessons, practical exercises, and hands-on experience to lay the foundation for leadership.
Take a look at these insights from some recent cadet leaders, and you will agree that the next generation of morally grounded and truly effective leaders can be found on the campus of St. Catherine’s Academy.
"I've learned that you can't treat everyone exactly the same. Each cadet has a different personality and offer different gifts that they bring to the team."
"I've learned that leading others isn't about yelling or being the boss. You have to earn the respect of those under your command, and you have to work just as hard as they do."
"I've learned that leadership isn't easy. You have to work hard and constantly improve to be effective."
At SCA, leadership formation begins in the classroom. Our military personnel instruct cadets on the basics of successful leadership, including the 14 Leadership Traits of the Marine Corps.
Following classroom study, cadets are given leadership tasks, both individually and as a group. The military personnel evaluate students on their performance in these leadership roles and share feedback with the cadets.
Marine Corps Leadership Traits
Peer Leadership Program
When it comes to leadership, there is no substitute for practical experience. St. Catherine’s students begin to take on leadership positions from a young age through our unique system of peer leadership.
Cadet leaders are responsible for a variety of daily activities. They may be charged with teaching their company of cadets a new drill sequence or presenting daily colors at morning formation. The highest-ranking cadet, known as the regimental commander, is responsible for leading and organizing the entire student body.
No matter what their specific duties, all cadet leaders learn and practice important problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership skills that will serve them well in their academic and professional careers.