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Learning Leadership

In Upper School, students have myriad opportunities for leadership, personal discovery, and growth.

Students reflect on their personal leadership philosophy that includes what they stand for, what one can expect from them, and what they expect from others. In this area of our program, students are able to clarify their personal value system and consider how they aspire to live their lives day-to-day—at Haverford and beyond.


The Haverford School Leadership Course

25 Things Every Man Must Know

As part of the “25 Things Every Man Must Know” senior project, young men took to Eagle Field to split wood with a maul under the direction of history teacher Tim Lengel '07. Other life skills learned during the course include home repair, grocery shopping on a budget, shoe shining, ironing, car maintenance, childcare, and more. The three-week study is taught by Haverford faculty and alumni, and in partnership with local businesses.

Student Global Leadership Institute

The Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) is comprised of approximately 25 member schools around the world whose students convene for two weeks annually to tackle issues ranging from hunger to urban planning. Students attend lectures from leading educators around the globe to understand the field; conduct research to gain context; engage in service projects to address the issue; and meet with community and industry leaders to further the cause. Upon return to campus, students lead a community-based service project related to their SGLI experience.

The Haverford School Germination Project Leadership

Civic Leaders

The Haverford School is a selected partner of The Germination Project, which seeks to catalyze and energize elite young men and women to put their leadership abilities into service for the benefit of Philadelphia.

Read about The Germination Project and the projects our young men are pursuing

Joseph T. Cox Servant Leadership Symposium

The Joseph T. Cox Servant Leadership Symposium honors a former Head of School in showcasing a renowned speaker who emphasizes the philosophy that the focus of good leadership is serving to meet the needs of others.

Learn more about the Cox Symposium

The Haverford School leadership presentation

Haverford is giving me the space and opportunity to learn how to become a leader. Whether it’s through my experience on the Honor Council or work with the Germination Project, I’m becoming someone who leads by example with thoughtfulness, receptiveness, and purpose.

—Dean, Form IV