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 numerous 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, and academic center ambassadors, there are plenty of opportunities for leadership.


The prefect position is offered to those students in their upper-middler (11th-grade) and/or senior years who demonstrate a willingness to accept roles of leadership and responsibility within the school community. 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 counsel students who might be experiencing difficulties, and are liaisons between faculty members and students in the dorm. In addition to hosting weekly floor meetings, prefects may have school-wide responsibilities, such as leading Inbound (the new-student orientation held each fall).

Peer Group Leaders

Peer Group for High Schools is an evidence-based program that supports and eases students’ successful transition from middle to high school. Two members of the upper-middler (11th grade) and/or senior class mentor 10 to 14 ninth graders from the beginning of the school year until early February. During this time, these student groups meet weekly and 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. Leaders are in a daily, for-credit, year-long leadership course taught by school faculty during regular school hours. Mentor Leadership for incoming 10th graders is the sister program to Peer Group. 

Mentor Leadership

The Mentor Leadership program pairs seniors with new lower-middler students (10th graders) and is a sister program to the Peer Group initiative. It runs from the beginning of the school year to the end of the fall term and covers such topics as self-reflection, vulnerability and listening skills, time management, and drugs and alcohol. Each group culminates in a session on exam preparation, as the new students face their first exams at Mercersburg. The program was created in recognition of the struggle new 10th graders sometimes face when assimilating to life at the Academy. This group provides an opportunity to aid this specific population by providing additional support.

Student Council

The Student Council is comprised of a president, a vice president, an executive member at large, a director of finance, a director of student activities, and includes a faculty adviser. 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 vouch for student interests. A lot of this work is done behind the scenes.

Additional Leadership Opportunities