Student Leadership

Mercersburg Academy is committed to providing its students with opportunities for growth and leadership. With this understanding, Mercersburg has intentionally and purposefully put in place a number of initiatives that contribute to developing a culture of student leadership. With greater responsibility and investment in the school, students learn to live up to expectations rather than conform to rules. Though only a few leadership opportunities are outlined below, moments for action are woven through almost every facet of student life, from proctors in nearly every building to ushers, club representatives, academic center ambassadors, and more.

Find out about two of the programs that help to cultivate and build leadership skills at Mercersburg.

Project Wayfinder

Leadership Labs​​​​​​​


Students in their 11th-grade and/or senior years who live the school’s mission and demonstrate character that exemplifies the school’s values are selected to serve as prefects. At least one prefect lives on each floor of every dormitory and is responsible for the supervision of the students who live there. They support all rules that govern personal conduct, standards of living, and adherence to those parts of the daily schedule that affect dorm life. 

Prefects are seen as school leaders and their work and influence extend beyond the dormitory walls. All prefects are expected to be good role models, to check in each day with the students in their “neighborhood,” to counsel peers who are experiencing difficulty, and to be a liaison between faculty and students.

Peer Group Leaders

Peer Group is an evidence-based national program that supports and eases students’ successful transition from middle school to high school. The program taps into the power of 11th and 12th graders to create a nurturing environment for incoming ninth-grade students. Once per week from early September until mid-February, pairs of Peer Group Leaders meet with groups of 10 to 14 ninth graders in outreach sessions designed to strengthen relationships among students across grades. During this time, they cover topics such as homesickness, use of technology, exam preparation, time management, treatment of others, drugs and alcohol, and self-reflection, in addition to other fun activities. These peer leaders are simultaneously enrolled in a weekly leadership course taught by school faculty. Mentor Leadership for incoming 10th graders is the sister program to Peer Group.

Mentor Leadership

The Mentor Leadership Program, a sister program to Peer Group, runs from the beginning of the school year through the fall term. We recognize that new lower middlers (10th graders) sometimes have a difficult time assimilating to life at Mercersburg, and this program is an opportunity to aid this specific population by providing additional support. 

The Mentor Leadership Program connects members of the senior class with a group of lower middlers new to the school. The curriculum for this program includes reflection of self, vulnerability and listening skills, use of time, and issues surrounding drugs and alcohol, and culminates in a session about exam preparation as the lower middlers face their first term exams at Mercersburg.

Student Council

The Student Council is comprised of a president, a vice president, an executive member at large, a director of finance, and a director of student activities, and includes a faculty grade dean. The students run for these positions and are elected by their peers. Each class has a class council with similar positions. These councils speak for the group they represent and advocate for student interests. A lot of this work is done behind the scenes.

Additional Leadership Opportunities

The Language Media Center (LMC) is open during specified weeknights. With both patience and content knowledge, our skilled team of LMC ambassadors offers help and support to language students. Ambassadors are recommended for their roles by faculty members, and there are one or two ambassadors each night for each language offered by the Academy: French, Chinese, Spanish, and Latin.