The EHS Leadership and Ethics Program is designed to support the final words of Episcopal's mission statement: "Episcopal strives to prepare young people to become discerning individuals with the intellectual and moral courage to lead principled lives of leadership and service to others." Through its curriculum, the Leadership and Ethics Program deepens the students' understanding of the many facets of leadership and helps them develop an ethical foundation for making important decisions. While many students serve the community through elected leadership positions, all students are introduced to the concept of servant leadership, which presents daily opportunities to positively affect the world around them.
Freshman and sophomore workshops focus on developing the students' understanding of what it means to live in a community as a responsible, empathetic, and productive citizen; the EHS Honor Code is a cornerstone theme in these discussions. Juniors and seniors devote their time and energy to developing the skills required to effectively lead teams of peers, learning how to make difficult ethical choices, and analyzing the many national and world leaders they are exposed to through the EHS Washington Program.
"All of our students, not just the elected leaders, work through the Leadership and Ethics Curriculum. We hope to debunk the stereotype that students must be loud and outgoing to be a leader," explains Mimi Schwanda, director of the program. "All students learn about themselves and tap into the ways that they can lead. At the same time, they develop their ethical compasses so that they can make tough decisions."