The Leadership Institute

Maryvale became the first all girls’ school in the area to launch a Leadership Institute when it debuted the signature program in 2014. The brainchild of the President’s Advisory Council, the Institute provides girls with the academic training, real life examples and immense opportunity to develop exemplary leadership skills that will catapult them ahead in college, career and life. 

Under the umbrella of the Leadership Institute, every student receives a variety of leadership training during each academic year. Through a Middle School course, Upper School elective, regular lessons in Advisory, guest speakers, field trips to local companies and all-school assemblies, the Institute offers leadership skill development at every phase of a Maryvale student’s journey. 

These lessons come alive as each girl has the opportunity to test her leadership muscle through dozens of curricular and co-curricular offerings. Whether it is delivering an impactful eighth grade speech, running in a close Student Council race or serving on the Social Justice Coalition (SoJuCo), there are more than 100 opportunities for each student to learn, lead and succeed in the classroom, on the field, in the theater or in the community.

This testing ground is not limited to Maryvale’s 100-plus-acre campus. Through the Leadership Institute, students have the opportunity to participate in internships as well as summer programs at companies, universities and nonprofits. For example, Ashley Copenhaver ’16 recently returned from Google’s highly selective Computer Science Summer Institute with experience and knowledge that will serve her well in college and career.

Maryvale’s Leadership Institute does not stop working for students when they graduate. Another goal of this signature program is to continually connect young alumnae with their sisters who are heading up companies, nonprofits, schools and volunteer organizations to encourage networking, mentorship and career advancement.

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