At CCES, every student is encouraged to develop their own potential for leadership – by running for an elected position, championing a new idea or simply setting an example for their peers. Opportunities abound for students to act as instruments of change in their school community.
Lower School Leadership
In the Lower School, leadership is taught as a form of service to others and to our world, and students are encouraged to notice the needs of
the world and respond. In each grade students are given the opportunity,
training, and skills needed to be leaders in small groups, their
classroom, the school, and the community.
Students serve as leaders in a variety of ways, such as: Mentors or Book Buddies for younger students, Patrols for carpool, Worship Leaders, Morning Devotion Leaders, assisting with technology for chapel/school events, and in community efforts. Within each of these groups there are captains or student-led committees that coordinate the efforts and assist teachers with decisions and actions for the school. Students leave the Lower School with an awareness of service, the importance of leadership, and the skills to implement ideas.
Middle School Leadership
In the Middle School, students look forward to a number of events and traditions throughout the year.
- Student Vestry assists a Chaplain in one of our divisional weekly worship services.
- Advisee Group Acolyting in Chapel
- Friday Morning Prayer & Assembly Coordinators: The Morning Prayer & Assembly Coordinators lead the weekly Middle School assemblies, create and present the Meaningful Messages, and train other 8th grade students to participate in the morning prayer assemblies.
- Student Council & Grade Level Officers
Upper School Leadership
Leadership opportunities for students abound in the many clubs and activities in the Upper School.
Student Council serves as the liaison between the student body and the administration and faculty. These student leaders also support healthy student life by advocating various student spirit and community activities. The Student Body Executive Officers lead student portions of weekly assemblies, and Class Officers lead monthly class meetings. Vice Presidents promote student service learning activities. Student Council helps plan New Student and 9th grade Orientations to open every school year, and Publications Day to celebrate the end of each school year.
Perhaps most significantly, Student Council plans annual Homecoming and Spirit Week celebrations, including class spirit competitions, Powder Puff football, faculty/student games, movie nights, and school dances. Student Council also helps to organize and promote service opportunities with local charities. Finally, these students are rewarded with a practical internship in the nuances of representing peer constituencies and collaborative decision-making.
Youth in Government
Members of CCES Youth in Government (YIG) participate each year in a statewide conference in Columbia with over 1,100 other South Carolina students to experience a hands-on understanding of the legislative process. Students spend several months preparing for the conference by researching topics and writing bills, and researching bills written by other students. Student attorneys work in teams to prepare their trial cases, and write briefs and prepare oral arguments for their appeals cases.
The students then embark on a trip to Columbia, where they take over the South Carolina Statehouse, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
72 CCES students participated in the in the Youth in Government Program last year, several of whom served in a leadership capacity.
For more information, visit www.scymcayig.org.
A System of Honor is essential in order for
members of a community to work together in an atmosphere of trust. When there
is an individual breach of honor, not only the educational process but also the
moral fiber of a school community is threatened. Living in an atmosphere of mutual
trust and respect is a privilege not to be violated and not to be taken for
A personal sense of honor ensures that a student can think for himself and share a sense of pride in his own work. Although it would be convenient and less complicated to concern ourselves solely with honor as it applies to academic work and testing, we must recognize that honorable conduct must pervade all of our actions and relationships with others. A student is accountable for his behavior first and foremost, and as a corollary, becomes a steward of the health of the school community. The student recognizes that it is in his best interest to guard jealously the safety and trust of that community.
The Honor Council is composed of seven students: three representatives from the senior class, two from the junior class, and one each from the sophomore and freshman classes. The Honor Council, supported by faculty and administration, hears cases in which a violation of the Honor Code is suspected and makes a written report with recommendations for further action by the administration. These responsibilities ensure that students take ownership of their Honor Code.
Student Ambassadors is a group of students selected by Ambassador Chairs who host prospective students who visit for a school day, greet at school events such as Parents' Night and Open House, give campus tours to visitors, and especially welcome and assist new students as they enter Upper School. Student Ambassadors make a two year commitment in 9th grade, and then have the opportunity to become Chairs as upperclassmen.