Student Experience

Leadership Opportunities

Student Leaders

Leadership is a dynamic and important part of Upper School life. Each of the Five Councils (Student Council, Community Council, Honor Council, Service Council, and Student Ambassadors) has grade-level representatives determined by a combination of election and appointment, and all Activities have a leadership team. To facilitate the development of leadership skills, all student leaders take part in biannual short- and long-term goal setting activities, and all student leaders meet regularly with the Dean of Student Life to review goals, discuss program, and reflect on the challenges and opportunities of leadership. It is the difficult, sometimes messy, and rewarding tasks of leadership that challenge our students to grow and prepare them for the world beyond SCH. Reflection, discussion, and mentorship play an important role in the development of experienced and skilled student leaders.

Student Leadership team

The Student Leadership Team (SLT) is made up of the heads of each of the five councils and the senior class presidents. In addition to running their respective councils, the members of the SLT are provided with additional opportunities to build and test their leadership skills, act as mentors to younger students, and represent the Upper School student body in discussions, meetings, and events.

The Five Councils

Student Council serves as a liaison between students and administration, plans, organizes, and executes student-run events, and enriches the quality of student life.

Community Council works to build a safe, inclusive community in which students understand the value of diversity and celebrate differences. 

Honor Council promotes honesty, academic integrity, positive treatment of others, and facilitates Judicial Board hearings. 

Service Council
spearheads ongoing and one-time service opportunities in and outside of our community and encourages students to engage in services. 

Student Ambassadors work with the Admissions Office to provide a positive and informed experience on campus for all prospective students and families across all divisions and supports the transition of new students into the SCH community.

Activities

Activities are student-­led organizations that work toward a clearly defined product or goal. Membership in an activity requires work outside of defined activity meetings and year­long commitment to the activity.

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  • Black Student Union

    The Black Student Union is a student-run organization that serves as a safe space for students who identify as being a person of African descent. Our goal is to create an environment for growth, opportunities to engage, enrichment, and support for black students. This club will advocate on behalf of black students and will represent black students in community matters and events.
  • Cappies

    Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theater and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be published in local newspapers and other media by attending productions at other schools and writing critical reviews.
  • Community Council

    Community Council strives to build and strengthen community through discussions, speakers, community events, public service, and videos.
  • Events Council

    The purpose of the Events Council is to build and strengthen community through discussions, speakers, community events, public service videos, etc.
  • Gay Straight Alliance

    The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is designed to empower SCH community members to be positive, supportive, and affirming to students, staff, and faculty who wish to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning issues.
  • Honor Council

    The Honor Council serves as role models for the student body. Their purpose is to promote honesty, academic integrity, and positive treatment of others and integrate the Upper School core values into daily community life.
  • Math Peer Tutors

    Math Peer Tutors help students struggling in math and provide alternative methods of instruction for those who need it. It gives an opportunity for our strong math students to spend more time with the material by helping others.
  • Mock Trial

    Mock Trial provides high school students with an opportunity to learn how our country’s judicial system works, how civil and criminal trials are conducted, and how to argue a case. Members of this activity undergo preparation for trial by partnering with and training under legal professionals from the community and compete against teams from other schools in a statewide competition that simulates a real-life trial. Mock Trial gives SCH students a chance to learn about the legal profession and to develop skills that will allow them to become effective and passionate advocates.
  • Model UN

    Model United Nations challenges students to solve real-world problems as representatives from countries from across the world. In the process of preparing for and participating in Model UN conferences, students build and employ research, public-speaking, negotiation, and collaboration skills. In addition to competing at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference at the University of Pennsylvania each year, the SCH Model UN team plans and hosts its own local conference and engages in discussions on topics of contemporary interest.
  • Players

    Players offers students a chance to learn about theater and production with two plays/musicals per year. Players students produce high-quality performances, develop a lifelong appreciation for theater and the arts, use technology and new media in their innovative theatrical productions, and foster a sense of community where all are welcome and accepted.
  • "PUB:" Pop-Up Poetry

    The mission of PUB is to give student writers and artists an outlet for their work and raise awareness of literary and artistic endeavors on the SCH campus.
  • Robotics

    The Robotics activity is designed for students to explore the competitive world of Robotics through the FIRST Robotics competitions, challenge themselves to learn new and technical skills, and learn valuable problem-solving and team-building techniques for the future. Our goal, as a team, is to build strong, lasting relationships with our peers. The Robotics team gives our students a chance to meet and work with some of the best engineering and programmers in the world. By challenging students at a competitive level, we are able to engage and intrigue students while also allowing them to learn a lot about engineering, math, science, and themselves.
  • Service Council

    The Service Council oversees all service-learning opportunities and encourages their peers to do more than just volunteer. The council brings service to the local community and promotes it within the SCH community.
  • Spanish Club

    The Spanish Club provides a place for all SCH students interested in Spanish to practice/improve their language skills while having fun. The Spanish Club promotes and celebrates the Hispanic language and culture. Students play Spanish games, learn how to dance, and make handicrafts among other activities. Students will also develop a better understanding and appreciation of Spanish-speaking cultures and countries.
  • Student Ambassadors

    The mission of student ambassadors is to attract prospective students to SCH. Our Upper School students tour, speak to, and socialize with students considering our school.
  • Student Council

    The elected class officers of Student Council address community issues and effect positive change and new policies to the Upper School. The students learn how to advocate for positive change under the guidance of the faculty advisor. This council acts as a solution-minded entity and serves as the liaison between the student body and administration.
  • Student Facilitators

    Student facilitators are trained to facilitate discussions about a wide variety of diversity-related topics and cultural identifiers such as, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Through the training, students acquire listening and communication skills and conflict-resolution strategies, practice real-time facilitation, and learn about the terminology, experiences, and histories of various marginalized groups. The regular training lunches prepare students to lead SCHout, a major, multi-school diversity conference, and Day of Understanding, our Upper School community's identity and diversity program.
  • Voices

    This is an organization that delves into cultural and special interests. 
  • Yearbook

    The purpose is to produce yearbook for end-of-year distribution and is considered to be a highly rewarding endeavour for the students. The staff must produce a product that is funny, interesting, and inclusive. The yearbook staff ensures that everyone is satisfied, while making important decisions, managing hard deadlines, and sometimes making mistakes and learning from them throughout the entire process.