Cultivating Leadership

Cultivating leadership in all students by encouraging them to discover their unique personalities and giftedness and helping them pursue lives of service to their communities and beyond.

“Every student can be a leader with humility or a follower with wisdom.”
The Global Leadership Institute was established in the fall of 2008. It was the vision of the Head of School, Susan Lindsay, and the Board of Trustees. Dr. Cindy Townsend was hired as GLI director (2008–2015) and was asked to create the curriculum and leadership for students in grades 7–12. 

The GLI is the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi and was designed to meet the needs of Prep students. Through the GLI, Prep has stepped forward to provide students with an innovative program to enhance their personal development and leadership skills. The goal of the program is to graduate world-class leaders who excel in academics with a strong foundation of leadership skills.

GLI Programs

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  • Forums

    The Student & Parent Insight Forums
    These forums address negative issues prevalent in modern youth culture. Each forum is designed  to give Prep students and parents insight on a specific teen issue. The goal is to help students make better-informed decisions on issues that affect their lives and to equip parents in ways to adequately support their students in the midst of an ever-changing culture.
    7th–9th Grade Great Leader Forums
    These forums highlight great leaders in business, athletics, education, community service, medicine, military, law, and religion. The Forums encourage students to begin to think about their career choices and how they will make a difference in the world.
    The Distinguished and Inspirational Leader Forums
    These forums feature accomplished individuals from various disciplines and areas of expertise. The stories of these leaders give Prep students an opportunity to listen and learn.
    Global Student Leaders Summit
    The Global Student Leaders Summit brings teachers and student leaders from around the world together to prepare and inspire them to solve today’s global challenges. Each year a new topic and destination is selected. Locations include Shanghai, China (2014), Italy and Switzerland (2015), Iceland (2016), and London and Italy (2017). The destination for 2018 will be Japan and Taiwan. Through the GLI, students have a unique opportunity to participate in this life-changing global leadership experience.
An independent, coeducational day school serving preschool through grade twelve.