BOARD OF MONITORS
Monitors embody the highest level of student leadership in the school. The Board of Monitors consists of conscientious and dedicated students who serve the Academy Community and uphold its traditions. Students self-nominate and secure a certain number of student signatures to affirm the nomination. Candidates then submit a platform sheet that outlines their ideas and initiatives should they be elected, followed by a brief interview with the Student Life Office. The final step is a speech given before the Upper School community. Based on their speeches, new members are elected by the student body in the spring. The Board serves as a liaison between students and faculty and administration. Class and club leaders must periodically report to the Board on the state of their classes and clubs respectively. In the fall of the new school year, the postgraduate students elect one of their group to serve on the Board. Elected offices include Head Monitor, Second Monitor, Sergeant at Arms, Master Prefect, Treasurer, Oversight Monitor, and International Monitor.
Class officers are the official representatives for the students in their class. They will meet with the Upper School Office bi-weekly, lead class meetings, plan social activities, and coordinate fundraisers. It is their responsibility to get to know the class that they will serve and represent in school in planning school wide activities and programs.
For the 2019-2020 Academic year, the class officer position will continue its current duties while focusing on these additional areas
- Planning class meetings
- Fundraising for the class
- Point-person for implementing retreats and other grade level initiatives such as Community Lunches, Holidays on the Hilltop events, Winter Carnival events, etc.
- Help B.O.M. and other leadership groups
- Interface with advisories
- Announcements and other roles in assemblies
- Communications to entire class once per week and meet with other class officers
The Pillars program was built upon the foundation of Worcester Academy’s mission statement and core values (Honor, Respect, Community, Personal Growth, and Challenge). Each year sixteen to twenty Peer Educators are selected from the rising junior and senior classes after a lengthy and competitive application and selection process. Pillars Peer Educators teach their peers in education forums including grades 9 and 10 Health and Wellness classes, class meetings, advisory periods, assemblies, and other school-wide events. Pillars also play a significant role in the new student Orientation Program in order to support a smooth transition into the Worcester Academy community.
Proctors are student leaders within the residential community. Three to five proctors are chosen per dorm through a competitive process. Successful candidates must be considered leaders for their scholarship and citizenship within the framework of the broader school community. Proctors are assigned to specific dormitories and work with both students and faculty to create a positive and inclusive living environment with clear channels of communication between boarders and the residential faculty. Proctors also work closely with the Board of Monitors and class officers to discuss general student issues and concerns.
Head Ambassadors play an important role in welcoming and orienting prospective students and families to the Worcester Academy community and representing the Academy at special events and functions. They also have the responsibility of helping organize and run the Ambassador Program.
The Diversity Committee is the student leadership cohort of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. The Committee (comprised of student representatives from each grade and one student head) will plan programming for Worcester Academy and collaborate with all of the Affinity, Interest and Alliance groups on campus. The group would be responsible for scheduling Common Ground discussions, cultural celebrations, and other events.
ALUMNI TRANSITION LEADER
- Educating fellow seniors re: the benefits and advantages of staying connected to the school and each other.
- Ambassador for Annual Fund (fundraising and programming).
- Event planning and execution of senior philanthropy programs that may include: Founder’s Day, Night ’19, Reunion, 100 days, China trip dinner, etc.
- Attend team meetings as scheduled.
- Organize class gift, including selection, fundraising, class participation etc.
- Leadership beyond graduation, serving as a lead volunteer for your graduating class
- Educate & inform classmates on the value of a lifetime relationship with WA.
- Promote participation in area alumni event opportunities.
- Act as a lead contact for reunions.
- Join and encourage others to enroll in WorcesterAcademyconnect.org
Worcester Academy is committed to creating a seamless experience for students transitioning from the middle to the upper school program academically, socially and culturally. The Buddy Program provides each 8th grader a personal connection with an upper school student who will serve as a support and resource throughout their transition into 9th grade.OTHER LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Grassroots leadership flourishes on the Hilltop as well! With over 40 Clubs, a host of community service programs, project-based learning initiatives in the classroom, and ad hoc student committees working on school policy frameworks, your opportunity to lead is never out of sight.