ALA launches Catalyst Term

African Leadership Academy is delighted to unveil Catalyst Term: a study-abroad experience developing catalysts of positive social change.  Beginning in September 2015, a select group of students from secondary schools beyond the African continent will join ALA’s community of young African leaders in Johannesburg, South Africa and enroll in our honors-level pre-university curriculum.

African Leadership Academy has hosted a small group of overseas students on our campus each year since launching in 2008, from schools including Deerfield Academy, Thacher School, Phillips Andover Academy, Berkshire School and Winchester College. As we expand our campus and our student body, we are also scaling up our offering to international students, with a plan to enroll 12-15 Catalysts each academic term.

Catalyst Term Announcment

Catalyst Term students will engage in ALA’s flagship courses in Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies, and Writing & Rhetoric as well as honors-level elective courses in the sciences, mathematics, and humanities. As part of our program, students will also meet and shadow leading entrepreneurs tackling social challenges across South Africa and participate in every aspect of student life at African Leadership Academy: including competitive sports, extracurricular clubs, our Distinguished Guest Speakers series, cultural exchanges, and advisory families.

Catalyst Term is intended for students aged 16-19 with a track record of academic excellence and demonstrated interests in social action and the African continent; and for partner schools with a passion for global education. Program graduates will be expected to advance their own leadership potential through ALA’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program, to accelerate their preparedness for university, and to return to their schools emboldened to create widespread positive change.

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