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Leadership Lab

Lead Lab

'Lead Lab' is a required seventh grade course that meets once a rotation from October-May. The foundation of this two-part course is GA's set of seven fundamental leadership skills:

    1. Communicating and listening
    2. Solving problems and thinking critically
    3. Seeing and respecting others' perspectives
    4. Taking initiative
    5. Setting goals
    6. Following through
    7. Learning from mistakes/overcoming adversity

During the course, students spend the first several class periods learning about leadership, what it means to be a leader, the power of the first follower, and how to be part of a team. The second half of the course is project-based. Students work in small groups to identify a need in the local community, and then reach out and partner with a local organization to create an awareness campaign to address the identified need. The course culminates with a 'Share Afternoon' in May, during which parents and community members gather to learn about the projects.