Student Leadership Council

An empowering program for students who will be freshman and sophomores in the fall 2024, to develop lifelong leadership skills while supporting Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s mission.  

The application period for the 2024-25 school year is closed.

The Student Leadership Council (SLC) offers a comprehensive leadership development experience for 9th and 10th grade students who attend Carlsbad Unified schools.


Inspire tomorrow’s leaders by helping today’s students ignite their passion, find their voice, and unlock their potential to make a difference. 


Foster collaboration, learning, and advocacy to increase leadership development opportunities for student role models and mentors.

Application Process

The application period for the 2024-25 school year is closed. Please check back in the Spring 2025 for information about applying for the 2025-26 council.

You are eligible to apply for SLC if you:

  • Will be a freshman or sophomore student at Carlsbad High, Sage Creek High, Carlsbad Seaside Academy, or Carlsbad Village Academy for the 2024-2025 school year.
  • Can commit to 50-100 hours of learning, growing, and having fun.
  • Can commit to attending ALL monthly meetings. While we understand things out of your control can come up, the commitment to being an active member is crucial.
  • Are in good standing and not on academic or disciplinary probation.

Who is SLC for?

  • Freshman and sophomore students only (those entering grades 9 and 10 at time of application).
  • SLC is for the student who wants to learn about themselves and grow their leadership skills/mindset.
  • SLC is for the student who enjoys the Carlsbad Community and wants to learn more and engage with community members.
  • SLC is for the student who wants to meet and work with peers from the community to develop their leadership skills/mindset.

What can I expect during the application process?

  1. Student complete an online application between April 1 – May 3, 2024. Applications can be found HERE.
  2. Two references (identified by the applicant on the online application) will be sent a short confidential reference form request between April 1 – May 10 to complete.
  3. Students will be contacted to sign-up for an in-person interview, held at the Carlsbad Educational Foundation the week of May 28, 2024.
  4. Student applicants will be notified by June 1, 2024, regarding their acceptance into the 2024-25 Student Leadership Council.

Interview Information:

  • Interviews are held at the Carlsbad Educational Foundation the week of May 28, 2024.
  • Interviews will be 30-minutes small group interviews to showcase your current leadership skills, get to know you and explore your strengths and growth areas as a leader.

About the SLC

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are held from August through June and the focus is on enhancing your leadership skills through activities. Meetings are typically two hours in the evening and are held on a CUSD campus.

Community Engagement

In addition to monthly meetings, we provide opportunities throughout the year to volunteer or engage with nonprofits in our community. This could be for an event or to tour a nonprofit organization.

Corporate Connection

At least twice a year, we take a field trip or invite guest speakers from our corporate community to share their leadership stories. This invites access for students to learn about a new industry and career path.

Support Students

As an SLC member, you will volunteer and support the school community through the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), and have the opportunity to have a big impact on every student in CUSD.


If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Beth Hamilton, SLC Coordinator