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At Pinewood, we subscribe to the belief that every student can lead.

We believe that leadership skills are developed through a lifelong process. Our goal is to equip each student with a collection of skills and abilities, and to make them aware of how the actions they choose in a given situation will impact those around them. Pinewood’s Leadership Institute emphasizes seven core elements which each student is exposed to in direct ways:

  • Personal Mastery    
  • Moral Foundation            
  • Communication Skills          
  • Goal Setting Problem Solving                          
  • Self Awareness                      
  • Inspiring & Motivating Others

It is our goal to enhance mastery of the core elements through the four major components of the Leadership Institute: Leadership Courses; Experiential Education; Community Service; and Leadership Opportunities.

Our emphasis on active citizenship and servant leadership helps students begin to understand this leadership paradigm. It is not about seeking power, but asking, “How can I be of help?” We also aim to develop within each student a strong moral foundation and ethical lens.

A key piece of the experiential education component for each student will be participating in an internship in a career interest area. We believe the internship experience will provide unique opportunities that will facilitate self- discovery, enhance leadership skills, and help students define their own educational goals by identifying areas of interest through hands-on, experiential learning in career interest areas.

As part of their graduation requirement, every Pinewood student will participate in the leadership program each year in some way:

  • All High School students must successfully complete a half credit of Leadership Institute Courses prior to graduation.
  • All High School students are required to complete community service hours as outlined in the student handbook.
  • All High School students are required to complete a field internship of 30 hours prior to graduation.

Students and families interested in learning more about the Leadership Institute should contact Babette Hamilton at