Students perform better academically, socially, and emotionally when they are meaningfully engaged, contributing members of a positive, safe, and equitable school environment. Students have a tremendous opportunity to shape the culture of their own school community through leadership opportunities. The more students are engaged, the more they become the architects of activities and initiatives within their schools. These meaningful experiences of leadership provide pathways for student voice, student choice, and active participation in school climate improvements and continued forward-thinking.
Leadership Council is a middle school peer leadership and mentoring program under the supervision of a faculty sponsor and school clinician. Peer leaders serve as activity organizers during special events, work with younger students in the classroom under the supervision of a teacher, and serve as role models for the youngest students on what it means to be a responsible member of The Craig School community both as a scholar and as a citizen.
In 2010, The Craig School proudly announced the formation of a chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). NHS is the nation’s premier high school honor program established to recognize outstanding, successful students in the 10th through 12th grades. NHS is more than an academic honor roll. NHS serves to acknowledge those students who have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Membership in NHS not only acknowledges students for their current and past academic accomplishments but challenges them to develop in other areas through active involvement in school activities and service to their community. Membership is both an honor and a commitment.
In the spring of 2012, The Craig School proudly announced the formation of its own chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). The purpose of NAHS is to inspire, acknowledge, and recognize those students who have shown outstanding aptitudes in the visual arts. The goals of NAHS are to further the creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members and bring greater attention to art in both school and local communities. Members are recommended by the high school Art Advisory Committee and once accepted, aspire to create and submit work for online publication, NAHS News, e-portfolios, county, state, and national art competitions.
Community service is work done by a person or group of people to benefit others, particularly in one’s local community, without expectation of reward or compensation. Students are encouraged to be positive contributors to the school community, the Montville community, and their local home community. All students are required to complete 10 hours of community service each school year as part of their graduation requirement. These hours can be completed through school events, service opportunities with local Montville organizations, and in their home community. There are large group community service opportunities throughout the school year where students give back to The Craig School community through participation in open houses, Back-to-School night, Saturday Basketball, Frost Valley Craig School Ski Day, and Earth Day activities.