Leader In Me

Leader in Me Lighthouse banner and students raising the American flag

At St. Patrick Catholic School, we lead by faith and teach the 7 Habits. We are proud to have been designated a Leader in Me LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL.

Based on the proven leadership principles found in  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey, The Leader in Me program results in higher academic achievement and equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to meet future challenges and endeavors. The Leader in Me is woven into our curriculum and is a wonderful complement to the emphasis on faith and values that are part of every day at St. Patrick School.

On March, 11, 2018, we were certified as a Lighthouse School after a rigorous review process. It was the result of five years of hard work planning and implementing the principles of the Leader in Me. It is now a part of our culture. We are the ninth school in the state and the first Catholic school in Iowa to reach this milestone.

Leader in Me has four principle focuses:
– Developing essential soft skills in all students
– Identifying and nurturing the gifts and talents of all students
– Providing authentic learning and leadership opportunities for all students
– Applying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

For the 2017-18 school year, we continue to learn to apply the 7 Habits as we build on that to apply the Executive Functioning Skills such as planning, organization, and self-control. Students have their own goals, they have class goals, and we have a school-wide goal. We are learning about the skills and tying them to the habits at Monday Morning Prayer and in class. Read about our monthly skills and the link to the 7 Habits.

Want to know more? Here are helpful resources for your family:

Parents Guide

Printable Habits Chart

Books That Reinforce the 7 Habits

Growth Mindset: Ways to Help Your Child

Our participation in the Leader in Me is the result of collaboration with and support from Leader Valley. For more information, visit the Leader Valley website.

Being split into small groups really gave us a great environment to learn in. Students could work at a faster or slower speed depending on their needs, and teachers had time to work with us individually.

—Rachel, alumna