Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
The Leadership Studies Program at Sacred Heart Academy is designed to empower our students to be leaders in our wider world. The curriculum is an integral part of every student’s SHA experience throughout her four years here, and a quarterly grade appears on report cards. Through formal presentations and experiential learning, students develop the skills, values, and confidence needed to serve as role models and leaders.
Leadership classes for freshwomen focus on developing greater self-esteem, awareness of personal strengths, and recognition of personal values. This first year introduces students to various types of leadership, as well as having practical input on study skills, test taking, and safe dating strategies.
As sophomores, students acquire essential listening and communication skills, study critical thinking techniques, and learn how to work effectively within the small group process. The text, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, will be the guiding format for some of the year.
As juniors, the students finish the second half of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens for their curriculum as well as developing their personal skills in seminar settings and formal presentations from speakers. Women who are leaders in Western New York (and perhaps alums also) will discuss leadership opportunities in career, family, and community service.
During senior year, students draw upon all the leadership skills they have explored by completing their own leadership projects. Their projects have four mandatory guidelines: personal, innovative, passion-driven, and skill-based. They may work individually or in small groups. After completing their leadership projects, the seniors will evaluate the procedures and reflect upon their leadership experiences. Their last step is to go forth and serve and lead in our wider world, driven by innovative ideas and a passion for positive change.