The League of Creative Minds is an independent academic program where students come together from many different schools, both private and public. Grade levels span from 6th to 12th grade. The League strategic learning model reaches far beyond the scope of what Model UN alone contains, implementing instead a rigorous course in logic, law, history, and politics. The greatest distinction between LCM and Model UN is that while many schools have a Model UN club at their school, there is usually limited additional structured learning involved, and what teaching may be present is usually exclusively relavant to Model UN material. By contrast, the League uses Model UN conferences as one platform of pragmatic learning, but is not by any means a program of material based on Model UN alone, nor meant for MUN conferences exclusively. LCM delegates excel at MUN conferences precisely because they are equipped with a thorough understanding of government, politics, law, and diplomacy. Delegates absorb this knowledge from being in the year-long academic program, the International Field Study program, and through the LCM professor lecture series.
Many LCM year-round delegates join the League even though their school has a Model UN club. Some League scholars begin their own MUN programs or participate in their school's MUN club, usually as President of the club or in a leadership role. A comparable analogy is a child playing soccer for the high school varsity team, but also on a year-round club team, which is a different level of immersion altogether.
The League of Creative Minds is distinguished as a full immersion academic program of foreign policy and student leadership, specifically designed for the high ability student seeking a greater intellectual challenge. Thus far, the League has been honored to admit delegates from the schools below. Schools with an * denote schools with 10 or more delegates in the League.
League Statistics: 2015-16 Year-round enrolled delegates: 203
Delegates per Delegation (class size): 18
Private School: 62%
Public School: 38%
Middle School: 45%
High School: 55%
Similar to year-round club sports teams the League program runs independent of schools, and is an advanced year-round academic club team. This novel setting allows the League to focus on the top 5 percent of academic students from both public and private high schools. The nature of the League thereby connects students from a variety of schools, who collaborate as fellow delegates on the same delegation for many years. The majority of delegates (96%) remain in the League from the 6th grade throughout their high school career.
While the common factor uniting League delegates is high academia and intellectual curiosity, LCM is specifically suited for students with a curiosity for current world affairs, negotiation, law, logic, strategy, parliamentary debate, and diplomacy.