Cardigan Mountain School offers its students myriad opportunities to develop leadership skills in class and in sports, as well as in other extracurricular activities. These opportunities include Senior Leadership, the Student Senate, Peer Tutoring, and the Jobs Program.
Each spring, the School elects senior leaders for the following year. Rising 8th graders have the choice of applying for senior leadership and the entire community evaluates the character and leadership potential of the candidates. The top candidates, as determined by the community, deliver brief speeches to run for school leader and assistant school leader, followed by voting from the faculty and students. The faculty meets to select the School’s other senior leaders, including floor leaders and assistants to various programs on campus, and all titled leaders are announced at the Investiture Ceremony in mid-May. Ultimately, all 9th graders are called upon to set the example for their Cardigan brothers and to lead their school.
The Student Senate reviews policies that affect students’ lives, taking efforts to improve the school community for all. Although the Senate is an advisory body, there are times when their ideas help determine operating policies. The Student Senate is made up of the school leader, the assistant school leader, the class president from each grade level, the elected senators from each grade level, a faculty advisor, and the dean of student life. Four additional members are elected from within the Senior Leadership group.