African Leadership Academy has started the long and rigorous process of finding next year’s class of future African leaders. Admissions officers are scouring Africa and beyond to find the best 15-18 year old young leaders in each country. A daunting and selective cycle that sees less than 5% of applicants qualify for an offer of admission, the search process follows a very specific pattern.
Being an excellent student isn’t enough to make the ALA grade. As well as academic performance, students are judged on their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, passion for Africa, commitment to service, and also how they would contribute to the diversity on the ALA campus.
The first round application consists of four components:
1. Personal information form, including examination results
2. Copies of the student’s last two school reports
3. Five short answer questions
4. A one-page essay question
About 15% of applicants will be named short-listed finalists for admission. A series of in-person tests; public speaking, group work, and essay writing await each of them. From there, less than half will be offered admission.