Peer Leadership

The Peer Leadership program at St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a five credit elective course for seniors. This course provides students with a thorough knowledge of group dynamics, develops leadership and enhances communication and problem-solving skills. Peer leaders are given the opportunity to utilize these skills during weekly discussion groups with freshmen.

To be selected as a peer leader, an interested student must apply to the program during the second semester of their junior year. The application process consists of three steps: a three-page written application, an interview with two peer leadership teachers and participation in an observed group discussion. Students who perform well in all three areas are selected to enroll in the course in the fall of their senior year.

Peer Leadership was started in September of 1991 and has proven to be beneficial for both seniors and freshmen. Seniors who are accepted into this program are asked to sign a contract in which they agree to uphold a "No Use" policy regarding alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and to represent the values and behaviors of a positive role model.

This program requires commitment of time and energy for an entire year. It develops personal growth and provides the seniors with a way to help others. The present peer leaders have made that commitment and have exhibited maturity and responsibility in their interaction with each other, the freshmen in their groups and their peer teachers. We are confident that their good example will contribute to the continued success of our Peer Leadership program.

Director: Mr. TJ Reilly | 732 549 1108 x623

Religion IV: Peer Leadership (264)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12th
Prerequisites: 2.5 cumulative GPA - Interested juniors are required to participate in a comprehensive selection process that consists of a written application, personal interview, and observed group task.

This course provides seniors with a thorough knowledge of group dynamics, basic leadership, problem solving, and communication skills. Also, this course explores various Christian lifestyles focusing on the single, religious, and married vocations with their respective opportunities and challenges. Additional topics include: friendship, dating, love and human sexuality, and discerning choices and commitments in life. Students who are selected to be peer leaders are also required to sign a contract, along with their parents, agreeing to abide by the confidentiality, no use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and positive role model policies. Failure to follow these policies will result in dismissal from the Peer Leadership program.

PL Class of 2020