There are many student leadership opportunities at St. Johnsbury Academy. Through organizations like Student Government, National Honor Society, and Dorm Council, student leaders participate actively in the overall governing of the school.
The Academy’s National Honor Society chapter is a very active participant in the culture of the school. NHS meets regularly and spearheads a number of community service activities ranging from the “Senior Prom” for senior citizens at St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab to raising money for a number of international charities.
Selection for NHS membership is a significant accomplishment. To be selected, a student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior student who has been at the Academy for at least one semester; students must achieve a cumulative average above 85; and also must achieve a superior rating from a jury of faculty members in the areas of leadership, service, and character.
Student Government is an organization that promotes student activity, provides a means of student participation within the school, and promotes the general welfare of the school. The officers of the Student Government are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer. The President is elected by the entire student body. The Vice President and Secretary are elected by the Government. Meetings of the Student Government are held at least once a week. The Student Government participates in making rules, regulations, and institutions as are necessary for the safety, wellbeing, and reputation of the students and St. Johnsbury Academy. These are subject to approval by the Headmaster.
All students of St. Johnsbury Academy have the following rights:
- To attend meetings of the Student Government.
- To make suggestions or present views to the Government on problems concerning the welfare of the Academy.
Dorm Council is a group of motivated dorm students who contribute their talents and time to improving the Resident Life Program. Students are selected through an interview process with members of the resident life team. The Dorm Council is responsible for planning weekend activities for dorm students from shopping trips to Burlington or Boston as well as outdoor adventures like white-water rafting, day hikes, or canoeing. They also lead orientation activities each year and serve as leaders in the dorm community.