The heart of our sixth-grade program is the leadership component, emphasized most specifically through the Called to Greatness course. The mission of Called to Greatness is for the sixth graders to encounter Jesus Christ and His personal love for them, and then to share that love through the practice of virtuous leadership, in imitation of St. Dominic.
The course kicks off with an out-of-state leadership retreat in August, led by a Dominican friar to teach about St. Dominic and leadership. Meeting weekly throughout the school year, students follow a curriculum based on the text True Leadership (Youth Readership Edition), by the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership. The curriculum focuses on the definition of true leadership, virtues, character, vocation, gifts, and the mystery of the Cross and Resurrection as a pattern for Christian growth. Each month students focus on learning about and putting into practice a new virtue, accompanied by a relevant saint.
To connect students with the wider community, guest speakers come regularly to share their experiences and encouragement with students. Recent guests have included local Fraternus leaders, former college-campus missionaries, non-profit employees, and even a Catholic homesteader.
We at OCS believe that following in the leadership of Jesus requires that leadership be based on service. Sixth graders set an example for the rest of the school in what it means to be a servant leader, whether within their communities, families, or social circles. From weekly recycling duties to conducting service projects around town at Second Harvest Food Bank or Hanning Homestead, our students are taught to consider the good of their neighbor and build Christ-centered communities.
Since a life of service and virtue comes from a prayer life or reverence and zeal, students are led to build their prayer lives through daily praying with the Psalms, regular Adoration, and serving weekly at Mass.