Padua Academy




National Honor Society

The Padua Academy National Honor Society (NHS) is a group of young women who have shown great dedication to both academics and service. As members of NHS, these women have to maintain high grades and complete several hours of community service. The Paduan Chapter of NHS emphasizes the importance of Spirituality, Scholarship, Service, and Sisterhood. NHS is involved in a number of service projects throughout the year, including Adopt-A-Family at Christmastime, the annual blood drive, and the Broom Street Clean Up. In addition, NHS runs the Mid-Term Review program for freshmen each year.

Student Leaders

Mirrored after student teaching programs offered at many colleges and universities, Padua’s Student Leadership program offers hands-on learning and leadership experiences for seniors who are interested in pursuing education as a profession. Under teacher supervision, student leaders in English, Shakespeare, and Drafting assist with the daily planning and co-instruction of underclassmen. Through the real-life experience of the Student Leaders program, student leaders learn about various educational methodologies, pedagogies, and theories and gain hands-on teaching experience.

Business Entrepreneurship

Students in Padua’s Business Management and Business Leadership courses gain hands-on experience as directors and managers of the Padua Prep Bookstore. Students learn decision-making concerning business operations, finance, production, marketing, human resources, and strategic planning. By applying what they have learned in the classroom to a real-life business opportunity, students develop long-term leadership skills, and the school community benefits from the creativity and energy of these young women.

Students In Action

Padua Academy is consistently recognized for outstanding community service and has merited both a Regional Gold Medal and a National Bronze Medal from the Jefferson Awards-Deloitte Students in Action program. Padua’s Students In Action program consists of two distinct teams of students who act as community leaders and service leaders. Community leaders are involved in fundraising and advocacy efforts. Community leaders develop and facilitate an annual leadership skills workshop for middle school students, and they also represent Padua at the annual Jefferson Awards conference. Service leaders encourage direct service, acting as peer leaders and volunteer coordinators for various community organizations.

Diocesan Youth Leadership Team

The Diocesan Youth Leadership Team is comprised of parish and Catholic high school representatives who meet monthly. These young people work together to develop their leadership and communication skills, applying what they have learned by leading meetings, facilitating workshops, and leading young people in prayer. The year culminates with the annual pilgrimage with Bishop Malooly which is led by members of the youth leadership team. Each year Padua has two representatives on the Diocesan Youth Leadership Team. Other Padua students are frequently selected to represent their individual parishes.


Padua sponsors students to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) World Leadership Congress, a dynamic leadership program that brings together more than 400 students from the U.S. and abroad. The week-long program includes interactive and dynamic educational sessions, collaborative workshops, leadership exercises, community service projects and individualized trainings. The program provides today’s youth with the training and tools to become the leaders of tomorrow. Participants have access to a distinguished group of leaders from a variety of backgrounds including business, government, international affairs, science and technology, medicine, media, and education. HOBY’s ambassadors leave the WLC more mature individuals, more aware of the world around them, having forged life-long friendships with like-minded HOBY Ambassadors from around the globe. Most importantly, participants leave empowered to make meaningful and lasting contributions to their communities.

Student Council

Recognized two consecutive years as a National Gold Council of Excellence, Padua Academy’s Student Council provides students with opportunities for leadership and service throughout the school year. Elected officers and representatives act as the student body government, facilitating communications, student involvement, and school unity with the purpose of enhancing school spirit and providing varied opportunities for growth and leadership. Activities include planning Spirit Week and Homecoming activities, facilitating Community Homeroom, and working with local organizations to promote school-wide philanthropic endeavors such as benefit dances, canned good/gift drives, and other social programs. Padua sponsors Student Council’s executive officers and faculty moderator to attend the Salesian Leadership Camp the summer before senior year.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors aid in advancing the mission of Padua Academy by working at community events such as Open House, the Placement Test, the 7th Grade Practice Test, and promotional visits. Student Ambassadors also serve as hostesses for 8th grade visitors. Student Ambassadors are the bridge between the Padua community and the community at large. As the “face” of Padua Academy to many of our first-time visitors, Student Ambassadors are a living example of our school’s mission.

Padua Academy 905 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 421-3739

Rooted in the Catholic faith, Padua Academy offers young women a transformational college preparatory education, challenging them to live Christ-centered lives of leadership and service.