We pride ourselves in the fact that ALA is a home away from home for our students, a place where they can learn and grow both in and outside of the classroom. Whether in the residence halls or on the sports fields, students build strong bonds with peers, learn valuable leadership lessons, and develop themselves through a wide variety of clubs, sports, and leadership roles.
Student and Residential Life
Living and learning in a diverse pan-African community
ALA is a fully residential academy, and our students live in modern dormitories on the campus. There are six male dormitories and six female dormitories, each managed by a Residential Faculty member, with the support of a student Residential Assistant.
There are six Houses at ALA and each house is made up of one male residential hall and one female residential hall. Houses are named after major rivers in Africa: Congo, Niger, Nile, Tana, Volta, and Zambezi. Throughout the year, houses compete in sporting and cultural events designed to promote communication and community spirit.
Each hall has a Residential Assistant, a Year 2 student who provides leadership and support in the Hall. Carl ‘22 (Zimbabwe) is the Residential Assistant of Olympus. Carl became a Residential Assistant so that he could build a ‘home away from home’ for his hallmates, and foster a community that offers mutual support throughout the academic year.
Sports are a fundamental part of student life at ALA, and every student is expected to participate in either competitive or recreational sports during their time at the Academy.
During their time at ALA, students are supported to explore various passions and areas of interest through the various clubs and societies that exist on campus.
Through several platforms, ALA students are empowered to demonstrate practical leadership within the community.
The Student Government, which is elected twice each year by the student body, represents the interests of students within the Academy and helps to cultivate shared experiences. Tanatsiwa ‘22 (Zimbabwe) is the current Chairlady of the Student Government. She joined Student Government to amplify student voices and to foster positive change within the ALA community.
Peer Counselors (PCs)
PC serve as student advisors and coaches to first-year students to provide emotional support and enable a smooth transition into the ALA community. David ‘22 (Malawi) became a Peer Coach because he wanted to provide a platform to support students through any academic, social, or emotional challenges that they may face.
Honor Council enables peer accountability within the student body by adjudicating on minor infractions within the Academy. Toroti ‘22 (Nigeria) was driven to join Honor Council by her unwavering commitment to promoting the highest standards of integrity and fostering a culture of trust.
Explore our campus
The ALA campus is a vibrant and dynamic environment that fosters learning, growth, and community. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities, including modern classrooms, dormitories, a 450-seat auditorium, a dining hall, sports fields, and a student center.
The campus is designed to provide a safe and inspiring space for our students to live and learn, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship. At African Leadership Academy, we believe that the campus is an integral part of the student experience, and we are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes academic excellence, personal growth, and social responsibility.
Experience the essence of ALA’s campus through a virtual tour. Choose any section of our vibrant campus to embark on a virtual journey and explore the facilities, classrooms, common spaces, or outdoor areas that make up our inspiring learning environment. Immerse yourself in the ALA experience from the comfort of your own home and discover the transformative atmosphere that nurtures Africa’s future leaders.