The Bush Center

Passport to Lead

High school is often a time of great decision for students. It’s a time at the crossroads of life, with futures yawning wide before them.
It’s no different at Houston Christian High School where the multitude of options can sometimes overwhelm the ability to choose.

In an effort to inspire our young people to lead and provide them with the tools necessary to make ethical and wise decisions, Houston Christian launched Passport to Lead. This four-year program educates students on practicing the five dimensions of leadership through finishing challenges along their high school journeys. It quickly became the school’s signature program, accessible to all students, with the goal of uniting faith, intellect, and gifts to reach their greatest promise.

It’s the goal of Houston Christian and The Bush Center to equip students with knowledge in order to go out as Christian young men and women and make a difference in their communities, our nation, and beyond.

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  • Curriculum and Requirements

    Passport to Lead teaches students five dimensions of leadership: Spiritual, Personal, Interpersonal, Managerial, and Organizational. Students learn how character is critical, practice selflessness through volunteering, and experience how to work successfully in a group environment through the “Mustang Challenge,” a day of fun mental, tactile, and physical team games.

    Students will complete traditional teaching assignments, such as attending classroom lectures, textbook study, and written reports, along with a quarterly movie analysis, and attending guest lectures. The movies chosen display specific leadership types through the characters and provide material for discussions. Previous movies shown include “Master and Commander,” “Gladiator,” “Apollo 13,” “The Emperor’s Club,” “Countdown to D-Day,” and “Chariots of Fire.”

    Students also must complete four activities and one optional activity in all five dimensions of the program by the end of their senior year.
  • Textbooks

    “The Leadership Moment” by Michael Useem
    “Robert E. Lee on Leadership” by H. W. Crocker III
    And “Centurion Principles” by Colonel (Retired) Jeff O'Leary
  • Benefits

    • Specialized T-shirt
    • At the end of their sophomore year if they are on track they qualify for a summer wilderness trip in southwest Colorado where they are taught teamwork.
    • At the end of their junior year if they are on track they receive a letter of recommendation signed by the Houston Christian Chairman of the Board.
    • If they successfully complete the program they graduate with a distinctive red sash, they are recognized when they receive their diploma, they have their diploma embossed with the distinctive Passport to Lead logo, and they receive a considerable scholarship to apply to their college.

    We integrate leadership topics in the curriculum of every course taught at Houston Christian. Every instructor is required to teach one leadership class per quarter, giving Houston Christian graduates close to 30 hours of leadership training. Biblically-based leadership principles are taught in Bible, literature, history, mathematics, arts, and athletics.
  • Studies in Leadership

    Participants of Passport to Lead have access to this challenging elective in leadership limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The course is taught by the Leadership Program Director and places students in leadership and team positions that challenge their critical thinking skills by having them solve rigorous leadership problems. This course is student-centered learning with many individual, team and group activities.

The Leadership Honor Code

I understand that Houston Christian High School takes an open stand for the Lord Jesus Christ and encourages students to grow in grace and in knowledge of Christ. As a leader, I pledge to live according to the Code of Conduct that has been established for my own good and for the good of the entire community. I further understand that if I violate or witness other members of the Houston Christian High School community violating any of the Code's standards, I am obligated to immediately report such violations to the Honor Council.