This stems forth from the belief that Preparation for Life is the purpose of 21st century education. At Oakwood, leadership is defined as the ability to first lead yourself and then others (through service). As at the end of the day, leadership is experiential. At Oakwood, we have a leadership curriculum that is taught formally from grades one to twelve. The leadership curriculum has both a theory as well as an experiential component. Theoretical Aspect: Under this aspect of the leadership curriculum, students are taught the art of reflection which enables them to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Based on this reflection, students arrive at personal, professional and community service goals. The goals and action plans to realize the goals are documented in a Leadership Journal. Persuasive Communication is another aspect of the leadership curriculum.