Success by Design
Leadership has designed its program to ensure that all students graduate ready for college, life, and leadership. Our academic program is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Leadership’s core academic program is aligned to the eligibility requirements of California’s universities and state colleges. All students take English, mathematics, Spanish as a foreign language or for native speakers, laboratory science, history, and art. See the Courses and Requirements page for all the graduation requirements.
Leadership has built a strong Advisory program to make sure that all of our students are known well and supported to succeed. Students are assigned to an Advisory class and Advisor when they enter the school. The group of students in the class and the Advisor work together throughout the four years of high school. Advisory classes, which meet three times each week, earn full course credits and are graded.
Advisory classes support students to meet the unique expectations of Leadership’s program and to grow as healthy, self-sufficient, and empowered young adults. In all four years, Advisors teach lessons around our School-Wide Outcomes of Personal Responsibility, Social Responsibility, Critical Thinking, and Communication. In addition, especially at the ninth and tenth grade levels, Advisors teach their Advisees the habits of mind of successful students and provide essential health education. In the upper grades, much of the Advisory class is focused on preparing students for life after high school, including support with the college application process.
All students take a two-year leadership program—in the ninth and twelfth grade—that teaches skills such as public speaking, data analysis, media critique, and group facilitation. The curriculum explores community issues with a social justice lens. To graduate, all seniors complete a Senior Exhibition through their Advanced Leadership course that helps them to answer how they will be leaders in their life after graduation. This exhibition includes community service, research into a community issue, and a final presentation.
Week Without Walls and Sessions
Electives at Leadership are offered through weekly Sessions courses. These semester-long classes meet on Wednesday afternoons and give students the opportunity to explore art, physical education, job shadowing, leadership or to get extra academic support.
Once each year the school offers a week-long intensive elective through Week Without Walls. Courses include topics such as cooking, backpacking, college visits, community service, yoga, and sports.