Leadership Certificate Program

Maryvale Student Leaders

Maryvale is taking the lead once again, becoming the first all-girls' school to launch a Leadership Certificate Program.

Set to debut in the 2018-19 school year under Maryvale’s signature Leadership Institute, the Leadership Certificate Program will provide students with customized, in-depth leadership training and experiences that will further distinguish them throughout their educational, professional and personal endeavors.

In addition to receiving a commemorative certificate of achievement, students who participate in this Upper School program will graduate from Maryvale having completed a specific course track, at least 30 leadership service hours, a capstone independent study, a leadership portfolio and a comprehensive panel interview. The capstone independent study will draw heavily from original research conducted through an internship that is related to a chosen leadership topic.

Students who fulfill the requirements of the Leadership Certificate Program will earn a distinctive cord to wear around their graduation gown and receive special recognition at their Commencement Ceremony.


Pathway to Completing the Leadership Certificate Program

Freshmen Year

  • Attend Freshmen Leadership Seminar

  • Leadership Service Hours

Sophomore Year

  • Submit Application to Director of the Leadership Institute

  • Leadership Service Hours (must have at least 10 hours completed)

Junior Year

  • Complete Foundations in Leadership course (fall semester)

  • One Elective (recommended)

  • Leadership Service Hours

  • Leadership Portfolio (begin)

Senior Year

  • Complete Capstone Independent Study (spring semester)

  • One - Two Electives

  • Leadership Service Hours (must have at least 30 hours)

  • Leadership Portfolio

  • Panel Interview
Senior Capstone Advisors

Tracey Ford

Tracey Ford

Jennifer Nicholas

Jennifer Nicholas

Mary Ellen Rector Fise '74

Mary Ellen Rector Fise '74

Gracie Smith

Gracie Smith


Contact the Director


Maryvale Leadership Institute Director Mary Ellen Rector Fise

Mary Ellen Rector Fise '74

Director of the Leadership Institute

410-308-8521

fisem@maryvale.com