Sylvandale’s Leadership program gives students the opportunity to impact both the school and their peers in several ways. Leadership students are in charge of Wednesday activities, Friday Music in the Quad, and all rallies and dances. They organize spirit weeks and community service projects around holidays. They assist with intramurals and run our school-wide recycling program. Leadership students orient new students to our school as well. Each year, they attend the California Association of Student Leaders State Conference (in April) and network with over a thousand middle school student leaders to gather ideas and network for future leadership roles.
Academically, leadership students are taught a curriculum called Facing History and Ourselves, through which they learn about themselves, how they relate to others, and what history teaches us about humanity and our interactions with others. We study both the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust for examples of the best and worst in humanity, and have deep discussions regarding what lessons we should internalize and carry forward from these events.