Leadership Program Overview

Our Approach

Principled leaders create more progress for society than any other group. Unprincipled leaders do the most harm. Many of the best leaders are not rich or famous. They are regular individuals who go about their work.

student with his hand on globe

In leadership courses, our students prepare to become principled leaders who will have the power to influence the world for good.

The study of history shows that a few committed individuals can cause lasting change. We believe that every student has within her the seeds of principled leadership. If those seeds are cultivated carefully, they will grow, and she will make the world a better place.

The spine of The Williamsburg Curriculum is our leadership program. We believe leadership means three things: 1) making and keeping commitments; 2) learning to manage time, tasks and energy; and 3) developing and nurturing healthy relationships. These things are simple to understand, but hard to do, so we help students develop their leadership through a sequence of proprietary leadership courses, whose central purpose is to help students accomplish these three objectives. These courses also help students prepare for college and develop healthy and effective relationships with money.

To graduate, students are required to complete three credits (six semester-long courses) of leadership. As they complete these courses, they nurture their passion and clarify what they need to do to have meaningful lives.

Courses Recommended Grade Credit Version Delivery Format Versions Prerequisites
College Leadership 11th (Junior) 0.5 Live None
Financial Leadership 11th (Junior) 0.5 Live None
Humanitarian Leadership 11th (Junior), 12th (Senior) 0.5 Classic Class sessions are live, and the expedition is in-person None - Students should complete two credits of high school leadership before taking this course. Exceptions granted on a case-by-case basis. Priority is given to students who have completed two leadership credits.
Personal Leadership A (Includes Ed Tech) 9th (Freshman) 0.5 Classic Live / Self-Paced Classic None
Personal Leadership B (Includes Fit for Life) 9th (Freshman) 0.5 Live / Self-Paced Classic Personal Leadership A (Includes Ed Tech)
Social Leadership A 10th (Sophomore) 0.5 Live / Self-Paced Classic None
Social Leadership B 10th (Sophomore) 0.5 Live / Self-Paced Classic None
Student Body Leadership A 10th (Sophomore), 11th (Junior), 12th (Senior) 0.5 Live Classic None - A current student body leadership position
Student Body Leadership B 10th (Sophomore), 11th (Junior), 12th (Senior) 0.5 Live Classic None - A current student body leadership position