Leadership Development

Woodward is committed to developing the next generation of thoughtful, visionary leaders of our community and of our world. Students are afforded numerous opportunities to develop and hone their leadership skills. Through participation in opportunities such as Peer Leadership, Student Government Association, and the Honor Guard, students learn to lead their peers and work together to achieve common goals. Woodward graduates go on to become leaders at their college or university, in their professional lives, and beyond.

Upper School Leadership Opportunities

Student Government Association (SGA)

The organization functions as a liaison between the student body and administration. Students in grades 9-12 are elected by their peers.

Student Senate

This group works in conjunction with SGA as a liaison between the student body and administration. Two senate representatives are elected from each grade level, along with two representatives-at-large.

Peer Leadership

Peer Leaders are involved in numerous yearlong activities, programs, and meetings designed to ease the transition for students entering the Upper School. Peer Leaders are available to help ninth grade students with social and academic adjustments. Junior and senior students can apply to serve as Peer Leaders.

Service Leadership Board

This board coordinates community service efforts in the Upper School by planning, executing, advertising, and advocating for service projects. Service leaders are charged with connecting service club members to hands-on opportunities for service at Woodward and in the community. Junior and senior students can apply to serve on the Service Leadership Board.

Honor Guard

The Honor Guard performs at Upper School convocations, baccalaureate, graduation ceremonies, home football games, and some off-campus functions. All Upper School students are eligible.

Honor Council & Discipline Board

Upper School students are nominated by teachers to serve on the Honor Council & Discipline Board to uphold the Academy's Honor Code of personal honor and integrity among their peers.

Student-Athlete Advisory Board

Open to sophomore, junior, and senior students, this advisory board meets regularly with the Athletic Department to discuss issues facing today's student-athletes.

Student Alumni Ambassadors

Ambassadors promote, foster, and create meaningful relationships between current students and alumni through a partnership with the Alumni Office. All Upper School students may apply and are selected after an interview process.

Special Leadership Opportunities

Travel opportunity presented by Woodward's Upper School Institute for Student Leadership:

NOLS Spring Break trip to the American Southwest | March 5-13, 2016

NOLS Summer Alaskan Kayaking Expedition | June 25-July 9, 2016
The Upper School Institute for Student Leadership has student training each August. It is open to invited leaders who are involved in SGA, Peer Leadership, Honor Council, Discipline Board, Service Leadership Board, student publications, the arts, athletics, and other Upper School organizations and clubs.