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Character, Leadership & Service

Co-Curricular ActivitiesDiversity Gold KeyHonor CouncilService Learning

Hathaway Brown seeks to educate not just good students, but good people; people who will use their talents for the benefit of humanity. Developing the whole person, always a profound commitment at HB, has never been more important than in these volatile and ethically challenging times. We want our students to make a difference, a meaningful mark, in the world beyond our campus. To this end, we encourage all of our girls to involve themselves in the greater Cleveland community. Almost 50 percent of Upper School students volunteer at a wide array of organizations and agencies, gaining experience that fosters a sense of connection to something larger than themselves.

There has never been a better time in our nation's history to be a young woman on the rise, a future leader. There is a great need for women of vision and courage who are prepared to take charge in a multicultural world. HB students have a wide array of leadership opportunities, whether as elected members of Student Senate, members of clubs such as World Affairs Club or serving as athletic team captains.

Co-Curricular Activities

At Hathaway Brown, a major component of the Upper School educational experience is embodied in our student co-curricular activities and other aspects of student life that are non-academic in nature. We have more than 20 formal and informal student clubs and organizations, as well as an active student Senate. Each grade level has its own leadership, which usually consists of a class president, vice-president, secretary, Honor Council representative and treasurer. Each student club has its own leadership structure and a faculty advisor. The entire student life/student activities program is directed by the Dean of Students.


In order to provide our future leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate in a global society, Hathaway Brown School is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive learning community whose policies, curriculum and practices foster understanding and respect for multiple perspectives.  

Gold Key

Gold Key is a service club dedicated to hosting student and adult guests visiting Hathaway Brown. Gold Key is one of the oldest, largest and most active clubs. The guests range from prospective students and their parents to community leaders and visiting performers. The purpose of having students as tour guides is to educate visitors from a student's perspective on what HB is really like. Open House and Alumnae Weekend are Gold Key's two biggest events.

Honor Council

Hathaway Brown stresses the importance of integrity in all aspects of a girl's life. It is the foundation upon which the school is built. In the event of a breach of integrity – plagiarism, cheating, lying or unacceptable behavior – the Upper School's Honor Council holds hearings to determine whether there was a breach and, if so, what consequences should result. The Honor Council consists of three faculty members, one elected member from each class and the Senate President.

One of the main goals of the Honor Council is to use each hearing as an opportunity to counsel girls so that they learn from their mistakes. 

Service Learning

Curricular Service Learning – Community Based Learning (CBL)

  • Scope and Sequence:
    • CBL I introduces students to challenges facing Cleveland and other American cities with an emphasis on poverty, urban sprawl and education. CBL I is open to students in grades 9-12.
    • Advanced CBL focuses on contemporary issues with student-led discussions on topics of local, national or international significance. This course is open to students in grades 10-12 who have already taken CBL I.
    • Human Rights in the 21st Century is a capstone honors-level history course open to seniors in the CBL and/or Global Scholars Program.
  • Service component:
    • Students commit to a hands-on weekly community service placement at a local nonprofit.
    • Students reflect on their experiences via journal writing and class discussions.
  • Community partnerships are at the heart of the CBL curriculum. We collaborate with more than 20 local organizations, including East End Neighborhood House, Judson at University Circle and CEOGC Head Start.

Service Learning and Student Leadership

  • Service Learning officers in each grade level design and implement age-appropriate community service projects at least once each quarter.
  • The Carnival charity event led by the senior class annually supports one of HB's community partners. The event features a 5K race/walk, games and a dance. For information, contact Race Director Denise Keary at

International – in conjunction with International Partners in Mission, the Service Learning Program sponsors an annual trip to Central America.

Click here to learn more about the Center for Service Learning.

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