Whether guiding their peers down a mountain trail or serving as an elected representative on Student Council, OVS students have many opportunities to develop leadership skills and make a positive contribution to the school community.
At the Lower Campus, the Student Council is comprised of representatives from grades 3-8. At the Upper Campus, the Student Council is comprised of representatives from grades 9-12. Both councils create a positive school climate, and students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills by facilitating meetings, managing events, and organizing community service projects. Students have the opportunity to run for various leadership positions, including president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and class representatives.
Resident students have opportunities for student leadership through the prefect system. Prefects serve as role models and assist resident counselors in daily dorm duties. They are responsible for checking to see that crew jobs are done; they monitor the dorm during study hall; and they help plan dorm activities. Prefect applications are reviewed by the faculty and ultimately approved by the Head of School.
Student leadership roles also include serving as editors of the yearbook and the student newspaper, and mentoring second-language learners through the AP mentoring program. Additionally, students who have gained experience in the Outdoor Education, Equestrian, and Athletics programs are given opportunities to serve as leaders on trips, during sports contests, and Pony Club rallies, often guiding or mentoring younger students.