Shaping self-confident, self-aware, effective learners and citizens
At Langley, leading doesn’t always mean standing out in front. But it does mean possessing the earned confidence, intellectual prowess, and mature judgment to make and carry out wise decisions. That’s why our preschool through eighth-grade model gradually and purposefully equips our students with meaningful and lasting leadership skills.
Langley students begin public speaking in preschool, give grade-level performances on stage starting in kindergarten, and lead assemblies in fifth grade. Our buddies program – pairing eighth-graders with kindergartners and fifth-graders with first-graders – provides younger students with inspiring role models and gives older students significant mentoring responsibilities. And unlike a preschool through grade 12 program, Langley places eighth-graders at the top of the school, so they become role models for all younger students.
Student Council and student ambassador programs give students in grades 6 through 8 the chance to serve in leadership roles and carry out defined responsibilities on behalf of the school and student body. Whether organizing a school-wide spirit day or a donation drive to benefit a local charity, students are encouraged and empowered to lead projects and initiatives.
Observing, practicing, and reflecting on leadership, Langley students not only learn how to take charge judiciously and effectively, but also come to understand what true leading really requires.
This Buddy Program – which Langley launched in the early 1970s – pairs kindergartners with eighth-graders and first-graders with fifth-graders, creating strong bonds of friendship and providing our older students with valuable experience as role models and leaders.