Our mission mandates that we educate young men and women of exemplary character who willingly contribute their gifts and talents to others.
Students take ownership of their St. David’s experience through opportunities for leadership, involvement, and openness to new ideas. They develop a greater sense of community and continue to grow into independent, strong intellectuals throughout these relational times that exist outside of the academic classroom.
My prefect board was filled with incredibly bright people that would soon become Morehead scholars, ivy leaguers, and others whose talents and leadership skills left me in awe. I was genuinely humbled to serve with my fellow prefects which made it hard to take charge and yet taught me what leadership is. It isn’t about being bossy or making sure things happen your way, it is about respecting the ideas and opinions of others and using them to accomplish something that is beneficial to all.Braxton montague '16
North carolina state university
The Prefect Board consists of senior students who are passionate about St. David’s and committed to serving the entire school community. Each year, rising seniors can apply for one of eight positions on the Prefect Board. Members are selected on the basis of an application, essay, one-minute video, demonstrated leadership ability, and interviews with graduating prefects and the faculty committee. The head prefect leads meetings and assists others with decisions and responsibilities. Other prefects represent the major areas of school life: Service, Spiritual Life, Student-to-Student, Athletics, Admissions, Student Activities and Events. These students work closely with school administrators, advisors and other leadership groups to enhance student life throughout the entire school community.
Middle and Upper School students are elected to represent their classes, act as a liaison between the student and the staff, and learn to plan, organize, staff, and run events throughout the school year. Their annual productions include pep rallies, Coffee House, Homecoming festivities, variety shows, Winterfest, prom, field days, Bro Puff, Powder Puff, and more.
The Honor Council, a system that has been used successfully for centuries by universities and secondary schools throughout the world, is run entirely by students at St. David’s School. Institutions like Princeton, Stanford, and the Universities of North Carolina and Virginia utilize this approach to uphold the highest ethical standards. The function of the Honor Council is both to maintain an environment at St. David’s that is characterized by honor and fairness and to educate students on how to live their lives with honor.
By virtue of a student-run Honor Council, the student body takes responsibility for itself and for the school community as a whole. Members of the Council are Upper School students who are selected to serve their peers. They learn to address difficult situations with impartiality, to gather and analyze facts, and to render verdicts that will serve the school and their peers to the best of their ability. Effective execution of these duties provides excellent training for future endeavors in many professional arenas.