Our leadership development experience builds the leaders of tomorrow...
A history of excellence. Since 1909, Hargrave's uncompromising commitment to building men of character sets us apart from any other military academy in the country as the best at what we do. These efforts have led to Hargrave being recognized as the only high school in Virginia accredited as a National School of Character.
I believe in Hargrave and its mission to develop men of character into productive citizens who are guided in their decisions by a strict code of moral ethics.
- Sergeant Major Scott Dooley, Director, The Center for Leadership and Ethics
Founded in 2001, The Center for Leadership and Ethics is an extension of Hargrave's vision to provide the best opportunity to grow our young men holistically as students, athletes, and leaders. Hargrave's Four Pillars of Academics, Character Development, Athletics and Fitness, and Spiritual Growth guide our strategy to create the best leadership program in the country.
The Hargrave leadership development model does not just teach leadership- we practice it everyday. We put learned leadership skills into action in the classroom, the sports arena, within our Corps of Cadets, and within our communities. The Center for Leadership and Ethics enhances this experience by using a deliberate, graduated approach to learning that begins in the seventh grade, where we explore basic character and character development.
Hargrave's process of building men of character is time tested and it works. The Center for Leadership and Ethics is committed to meeting Hargrave's mission and helping to develop tomorrow's leaders.
Our unique leadership program then formally extends into high school and post graduate programs with the 18-week Leadership 1 and Leadership 2 courses. Our short-term goal is to inspire our Cadets to want to learn and grow as leaders.
The outcome of these formal courses is to develop Cadets into leaders that:
The students of the Leadership 1 Course have been conducting classes on basic skills every man should know. These classes are designed to reinforce the concept that leaders must continue to learn and grow and commit to lifelong learning. The students partner with each other, select and learn a new... more
Spring Break is always a welcome time for students, staff and faculty. It is an opportunity to take a step back from the Hargrave grind and to get energized for the final 7 weeks of school. My wife, Sabina, surprised me with a trip to Nashville, TN, where we met 3 couples from our military family,... more
"If Not Me, Then Who" is the mantra of the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), and a call to action for everyone to do their part to make our communities better.
The Travis Manion Foundation was established in the memory of a fallen Marine, Travis Manion, who lived his life placing others' needs... more
Recently, the students of the Foundations of Leadership Course completed a small class project in the Hargrave Museum in preparation for Alumni Weekend. While working in the museum, they were captivated by the stories of the Hargrave Cadets that came before them and how Hargrave has grown as an... more
For the past 2.5 years the Hargrave Center for Leadership and Ethics has made improvements to the classroom with the introduction of a new theme wall and furniture to provide a lounge/study area for students in the Leadership 1 and 2 Courses. These and other improvements were made possible by a... more
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