Darrow offers our students abundant leadership opportunities, as they mature and learn to become responsible citizens and community leaders. With dozens of formal and informal positions available in a wide range of disciplines, our student leaders actively engage in developing, organizing, and guiding programs and activities on campus. One of the most important aspects of Darrow is teaching our students how to be thoughtful, influential leaders, whether that is through their actions, words or both. Here is a list of many of our leadership options. Anyone can be a leader at Darrow.
Core Leaders serve Darrow as a responsible and organized group of "doers," who address a broad range of needs throughout campus. Membership includes the elected Student Body President, a chosen day student representative, a chosen residential student representative, and five chosen resident assistants. Core Leaders meet weekly with the Dean of Students and help design and implement most phases of student life.
Made up of the Student Body President and elected representatives, Student Government is responsible for designing, organizing, and implementing activities and events that support Darrow's student body.
Student Body President
Newly elected each spring as a rising junior, the Student Body President will serve throughout his/her senior year as a liaison between students, faculty, and the Head of School. Working with other student leaders to foster a positive community culture, the president leads the student government, acts as a liaison on behalf of the student body and charts the course for school-wide initiatives.
Each fall the members of the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades elect a president (or sometimes co-presidents) to serve as an active representative in Student Government. Class presidents are in charge of all class events and community-service activities for their class.
Ambassadors serve Darrow's Admission Office by providing tours for prospective students and families when they visit campus, providing feedback to office staff, participating on student panels during various campus functions, and represent Darrow to the outside community.
Resident Advisors (RAs) supervise Darrow's residential living, and accept vital responsibilities that include assisting House Parents in managing the house and providing conscientious leadership for their fellow students. RAs are selected by the faculty in conjunction with the Dean of Students.
Members of this committee serve as voting student representatives at meetings during which student disciplinary issues are considered. Members must be in good standing within the community, be thoughtful, judicious, and able to maintain confidentiality.
Prefects are responsible for leadership in both academic and community life. Students assist in areas such as Hands-to-Work, Art, Math, Science, History, Theater, World Languages, Performing Arts, College Counseling, Diversity, Athletics, mailroom service, library assistance, maple syrup production, recycling, and many more. In the spring, prefects apply for the positions for the following fall, and are selected by the faculty in conjunction with the Dean of Students.
Big Sibs, typically juniors and seniors, lend their experience and encouragement by assisting new students in adjusting to life at Darrow. All new students, regardless of age, will have a Big Sib to guide them. Big Sibs help new students register for classes, learn the layout of the campus and location of their classes, understand rules and regulations, acclimate to the culture of a boarding school, and interact with other students and faculty in the dorms and dining hall.