Students have many opportunities to develop as leaders, from their early years at the Lower School through their pinnacle years at the Upper School. Leadership at DC is characterized by joyful service. Servant leaders follow the example of Jesus Christ by giving of themselves for the good of the community. Through humility, respect, love, and compassion, they cultivate a positive culture that values relationships and catalyzes others to action. Faculty and administrators equip students to grow their servant leadership capacity through book studies, mentorship, training, and modeling.
A firm foundation for developing the heart of a servant leader is laid at the Lower Campus. The Honor Code holds students to a high standard in their interaction with their teachers and peers. Through the guidance of our faculty and staff, students commit to being respectful and responsible, service-minded peacemakers who are dedicated to pleasing God in word, thought and action whether at school or elsewhere. Providing students with leadership opportunities can be found throughout the lower school.
Leadership Development at the Lower School
Student Advisory Council
SAC provides students in grades 3-5 the opportunity to represent their peers by presenting ideas to improve the Lower School from a student perspective. This program affords students the opportunity to experience the electoral process whether they are running for a seat or making an informed voting decision.
Student Impact Activities
As part of our Honor Code chapel series, students participate in activities that allow them to spend time with community leaders or contribute to service opportunities in school or in the broader community.
Students caring for students
In 4th and 5th grade, students are given many opportunities to serve their peers. Examples include office messengers, safety patrol officers, flag raisers, bus buddies, new student buddies, and helping with younger students at lunch and recess.
Students in each classroom serve as student ambassadors, greeting visitors, welcoming pastors, and serving the elderly at school. It is their responsibility to provide a warm and welcoming greeting, help and inform visitors and serve as needed during special events.
In the early grades (K-2) students are given the opportunity to lead and serve their classmates through daily jobs. Examples include, being the door holder, prayer or line leader. These assignments, and others, teach students humility and consideration for others at a young age.
Leadership Development at the Middle School
The DC Middle School strives to develop student leaders who lead by living out the DC Middle School Honor Code. It is our desire that each student demonstrates honesty, cultivates respectfulness and responsibility, and practices servanthood. The DC Middle School provides opportunities to encourage growth in these areas.
Student Leadership Board
Student Leadership Board is designed for students who model the character qualities of the DC Honor Code. Students will help serve as leaders in the DC Middle School, plan service projects and socials, and have a voice into the culture of the DC Middle School.
Student Ambassadors are a group of students in each grade who serve Delaware County Christian School as tour guides and student hosts because of their quality of character, level of maturity, ability to communicate, and positive influence on the school community. They provide an invaluable service by introducing DC to visiting students and families and by presenting their knowledge and experience of DC in an enthusiastic and positive manner.
Each guidance class is given the opportunity to have a leadership roles during chapel. Students can lead singing and musical worship, prayer, read scripture, share testimonies, and introduce our chapel speakers.
Leadership Development at the Upper School
The Prefect Board
The Prefect Board is a group of seven students who serve the entire Upper School in specific roles through an internship. The Prefects serve as a liaison between their departments, the student body, the faculty, and the administration. Each member represents a different dimension of life at DC and is chosen through an application and interview process. These areas of DC are Communications/Development, Admissions, International Student Programs, Arts, Athletics, Student Life (including Chapel and Clubs), and the Administrative Head.
DC Fellows SAIL Leadership Class
The DC Fellows enhances the current Prefect system by developing a robust internship program that both supports the DC community and provides significant leadership experience for Juniors and Seniors. The internship will begin in the spring SAIL Trimester of Junior year and run through the 2nd SAIL Trimester of Senior year and is a requirement for those selected for the Prefect Board.
Each class has an elected President and Board who oversee and run class socials and other key events for the Upper School like the Christmas Banquet and Junior/Senior Prom. They meet with a class advisor to go over key elements of interest to their respective classes. Each class President also serves on the Presidents’ Council, which meets with the Administrative Head Prefect monthly to discuss school culture issues.
Students in every grade can serve as student ambassadors, greeting visitors, welcoming prospective families, and participating in Discovery Days. It is their responsibility to provide a warm and welcoming greeting, help and inform visitors, give tours to prospective families, have prospective students shadow them in their classes, and serve as needed during school events.
Students can be appointed as Captain(s) of their athletic team by their coach(s). In this role, they work with coaches to promote team unity, sportsmanship, godly character, and perseverance.
Curricular and Extracurricular Clubs
Many of the curricular and extracurricular clubs in the Upper School have student officers or leaders who are appointed by teachers or advisors. These officers/leaders have a variety of responsibilities depending on their club. Some of these include Multicultural Alliance (MCA), Hi-Q, International Thespian Society Leaders, Red Team (Art), Cappies President, Tech Crew, Band and Choir, Mock Trial, and Worship Team.