Admission Criteria

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world. ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and excel in the academic environment, we are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.

African Leadership Academy is unlike any other educational institution you will come across. At ALA we seek to change Africa! We believe that this transformation lies in the hands and minds of young people with a desire to move the continent toward peace and prosperity. At ALA we will challenge you to realize your academic and leadership potential. You will be encouraged to begin addressing the social, economic, and political issues facing Africa. You will be asked to think critically about your role in our changing world. ALA seeks to enroll young people aged 15 to 18 based on the criteria below:

Intellectual Readiness

The applicant is intellectually prepared to step into a rigorous environment which will require them to push the boundaries of their learning.

ALA students demonstrate academic achievement through strong performance and consistent improvement in their secondary school. They are driven to learn and achieve, and they set high standards for themselves. Their academic performance gives confidence that they can thrive in the rigorous ALA curriculum.

ALA students are intellectually curious. Their learning is not confined to a classroom. They seek to learn from every opportunity and challenge and aspire to be lifelong learners. They delight in learning when faced with an unfamiliar problem or new idea.

ALA students demonstrate critical thinking and can break down complex problems in the classroom and beyond.


The applicant recognizes that transformation is the product of work with, and through, others.

ALA students are resourceful and seek help when needed. They are not afraid to seek help or activate their networks when they need support.

ALA students are interested in engaging with those from different backgrounds and who have differing opinions. We believe that differences should be celebrated as a source of community strength. ALA students embrace differences of opinion, valuing respectful and productive dialogue as an avenue for individual and communal learning.

ALA students foster relationships with others and value building meaningful relationships and partnerships with those in their community.

ALA students practice gratitude, acknowledging, with humility, that their success builds upon the efforts of others.


The applicant ‘drives the bus’ in their leadership journey: they envision a destination and have the self-belief to take charge of their journey towards impact.

ALA students are ambitious. They dream big; they set the bar high and push themselves to meet those standards.

ALA students have a commitment to positive change and aspire beyond success for themselves to lives of significance, in which they are remembered for their impact on others.

ALA students show a passion for Africa and aspire to play a role in the continent’s advancement.

Courage & Perseverance

The applicant shows the motivation to take initiative and rigorously follow through on the opportunities that matter most to them.

ALA students have initiative. They have the courage to do hard things when they set their mind to something that feels important.

They are not easily deterred.

ALA students follow through. They persevere through challenges and are resilient, with the fortitude to push through failure.

ALA students are self-driven. They do not wait for instructions or only act when told by others.

They take ownership of their own learning and leadership journey.


We do not discriminate, and we are able to serve students from differing backgrounds and abilities who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential. The Academy is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The Academy’s policy in respect to admissions is consistent with African Leadership Academy’s policy on non-discrimination. ALA does not discriminate on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity (or tribal affiliation), wealth or income.