Leadership

The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center is the umbrella program under which Altamont operates distinct yet unified leadership education and global/local awareness initiatives.

The Leadership Distinction: The Miree Leadership Distinction is experiential education at its finest. Upper School participants create and implement a "Miree Project" that serves a need in the greater Birmingham community. With the help of an adult mentor, Miree students execute their Miree Project for two to three years before defending their experience. Upon successful completion of the project and defense, seniors graduate with the prestigious Miree Leadership Distinction on their Altamont diploma.

Altamont's Global Initiatives seeks to reinforce the school mission by providing our students with a variety of globally compelling and immersive opportunities that expose students to global realities; educate them about global issues; and engender creativity, curiosity, and compassion.

Service Corps: The Altamont Service Corps connects service to need. All students and families are encouraged to participate in this program with the goal of earning the Presidential Service Award.

Middle School LEAD: LEAD students examine leadership through collaborative initiatives and team-building projects benefitting The Altamont School. LEAD organizes Middle School dances, the Black History Month Assembly, and an interactive school-wide global event.

Friends of the World is a Middle School club that strives to serve anywhere in the global community in which service is needed. This may mean service work at a local farm, participating in a fundraising walk, or sponsoring an awareness activity that points to a larger global issue. We value service as one of the highest virtues, we delight in leading any charge to help, and actively seek out new opportunities to

Altamont offers students the opportunity to understand what ethical leadership and global awareness mean, to envision and create their own expressions of leadership, and ultimately to discover the power of beauty and service.

FAQ

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Where does my donation go?

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All donations to The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center go to a restricted endowment designated to The Miree Center's programming and service initiatives. The impact of donations reaches beyond the walls of Altamont and into the community when students exercise leadership skills to benefit non-profits and community needs in the Birmingham metropolitan area.

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What makes the C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center unique?

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The Miree Center is a three or four year comprehensive leadership program that incorporates individual leadership instruction with collaborative, service-based experiences. The Miree Project allows students to creatively work from a point of personal passion with the standard of having to work collaboratively toward a firmly established goal. All Miree Projects are unique, but all standards for completion are the same. This long-term approach allows students to monitor their own growth and development while simultaneously seeking to impact the community. Compounded by time, it's the combination of self-awareness and the standard of collaborative leadership during the highly formative adolescent years that sets The Miree Center apart.

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What are the standards for Miree students?

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Expectations for Miree students are high. Students are expected to represent Altamont and The Miree Center by putting service and mission above personal desires and exhibiting ethical behavior at all timems. Additionally, students are expected to be tolerant of all differences- of both thought and culture- and to meet or exceed all goals and commitments established in the action plan for their Miree Projects.

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What is a Miree Project?

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The Miree Project is the centerpiece of the participant's experience. Students marry a personal interest to a need in the community by developing an action plan to affect change. Freshmen learn project planning and techniques and collaborative skills as they commit to their own action plan. Juniors learn to challenge established practices in order to improve upon their projects. At the end of the 11th grade year, juniors hone communication skills in a thesis-style Miree Project Defense. Finally, seniors learn mentoring skills as they mentor new freshmen in the Miree Center. Seniors who complete all requirements graduate as Miree Center Graduates, receiving a special commendation on their Altamont diplomas.

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How are students admitted into The Miree Center?

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Friends of the World: 5th-8th grade students sign-up with Friends of the World Director Niko Tsivourakis. ntsivourakis@altamontschool.org
Middle School LEAD: 7th & 8th grade students must apply and interview in the spring of the 6th or 7th grade year. Co-Directors Ally Leonard (aleonard@altamontschool.org)and Marygray Hunter (mhunter@altamontschool.org) can answer any questions about the application process.
The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center: Current 8th grade Altamont students should apply in the spring of the 8th grade year by picking up application materials from Mrs. Katherine Berdy (kberdy@altamontschool.org). New 9th and 10th grade students may apply in the fall of the 9th or 10th grade year. Applicants build a website to serve as a leadership portfolio as well as interview for admission into the upper school program.