Fieldston Emerging Leaders program

Welcome to Fieldston School Emerging Leaders

From the moment I visited Fieldston School, I witnessed a whole new way of teaching and learning because I listened to big ideas from younger minds. It was eight years ago when I first had a group of second graders teach me about topics like water pollution and its effect on sea creatures, and the concept of recycling. Every year the students became more confident in what they had to share and proud of their initiatives. With assistance from their teachers, the students made sure their young voices were heard. What if we could all be as brave as those second graders and advocate for what’s right? What if we shared our ideas and worked on them fearlessly to create the change we want to see in our communities and beyond?

At Emerging Leaders, we provide a safe space to empower our scholars to use their voices to innovate, explore, and advocate for the social change they want to see in the world.

Our goal is to ignite our student's creativity, and leadership skills while building an ethical community of upstanders who will be viable candidates for colleges and universities.

Our mission

Our mission is to empower and encourage students from all backgrounds to apply knowledge from multiple disciplines in order to find solutions to our ever-changing world. By doing this, we are developing and deepening their sense of purpose.


Each student will be able to explore important and current global challenges and how these affect their immediate community. Some of these challenges include Mental Health, Climate Change, Food Equity, Water Pollution, Healthcare, and more.


Our scholars will be able to reinforce their research skills which will spark confidence and social competence in S.T.E.A.M related fields through action learning. Our Emerging Leaders curriculum includes a Social Emotional Learning component that will engage our students in community-building activities, as well as classes to further develop their leadership skills.


Each year our scholars start their summer on a five-day expedition that combines adventure, leadership, and project-based learning in locations throughout the country. Whether through discovering petroglyphs in Utah or building their own kayaks, campers deepen their understanding of the world.


Our expeditions for 2023 will include Sailing in Maine, and Camping in Acadia National park in Maine.

Expedition on a schooner in maine

Our scholars will experience a 4 day sailing trip in Maine

expedition in acadia national park

Our scholars will experience a 4 day backpacking trip in Acadia Maine

Who Should Apply?

  1. Students who are completing 8th grade by June 2023 and demonstrate financial need.

  2. Emerging Leaders is reserved for students who have shown strong academic performance, and are willing to take initiative to design a better world.

  3. Though not required, we encourage students who have a passion and interest in S.T.E.A.M to apply.

  4. Emerging Leaders considers family income and financial assets as part of its application process.

Welcome to Fieldston School Emerging Leaders

From the moment I visited Fieldston School, I witnessed a whole new way of teaching and learning because I listened to big ideas from younger minds. It was eight years ago when I first had a group of second graders teach me about topics like water pollution and its effect on sea creatures, and the concept of recycling. Every year the students became more confident in what they had to share and proud of their initiatives. With assistance from their teachers, the students made sure their young voices were heard. What if we could all be as brave as those second graders and advocate for what’s right? What if we shared our ideas and worked on them fearlessly to create the change we want to see in our communities and beyond?

At Emerging Leaders, we provide a safe space to empower our scholars to use their voices to innovate, explore, and advocate for the social change they want to see in the world.

Our goal is to ignite our student's creativity, and leadership skills while building an ethical community of upstanders who will be viable candidates for colleges and universities.

Our mission is to empower and encourage students from all backgrounds to apply knowledge from multiple disciplines in order to find solutions to our ever-changing world. By doing this, we are developing and deepening their sense of purpose.


Each student will be able to explore important and current global challenges and how these affect their immediate community. Some of these challenges include Mental Health, Climate Change, Food Equity, Water Pollution, Healthcare, and more.


Our scholars will be able to reinforce their research skills which will spark confidence and social competence in S.T.E.A.M related fields through action learning. Our Emerging Leaders curriculum includes a Social Emotional Learning component that will engage our students in community-building activities, as well as classes to further develop their leadership skills.


Each year our scholars start their summer on a Four or five-day expedition that combines adventure, leadership, and project-based learning in locations throughout the country. Whether through discovering petroglyphs in Utah or building their own kayaks, campers deepen their understanding of the world.


Our expeditions for 2023 will include Sailing in Maine, and Camping in Acadia National park in Maine.

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