History & Goals
The St. Mark’s School of Texas Character & Leadership Education Program was founded during the 2005-2006 school year. Confident that the School was already doing an effective job developing leaders, the Program identified its main goals as supporting those successful practices already in place, making more intentional those practices whose benefits had not been fully realized, and developing new practices when appropriate. The result is a comprehensive approach to leadership and character development that contains curricular, cultural, and programmatic components.
As a 1st–12th grade independent school, St. Mark’s realizes it is uniquely situated to provide a compelling and coherent message to students over the course of many years. Our goals include the creation of a conceptual framework and working vocabulary that allows students to define and defend the idea of a “good life” and analyze complex moral dilemmas. Just as important as these skills is helping students develop powers of discernment to decide on the best solutions to problems and then the courage to pursue the appropriate courses of action. We also seek to reach beyond the formal classroom setting to embrace the extra-curricular, realizing that the School’s Wilderness and Community Service Programs provide great opportunities for the development of leadership skills.
The Program seeks to teach elements of both Leadership Studies (the study of ethics, leadership theory, biography, group psychology, etc.) and Leadership Development, providing as many opportunities as possible for students to lead in various contexts.