About the League of Creative Minds (LCM)

Academy of Debate & Diplomacy.

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 in addition a rigorous course in international law, world history, economics, policy, 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 relevant to Model UN material. By contrast, the League uses Model UN conferences as just one platform of many. 

LCM delegates excel at Model UN conferences precisely because they are equipped with a thorough understanding of government, politics, law, and diplomacy. Delegates absorb cumulative knowledge over the years from their times as delegates in the year-long academic program, the field study program, and various debates simulations, and negotiations.

Many LCM year-round delegates join the League even though their school has a Model UN club. Some League scholars begin their own Model UN programs or participate in their school’s Model UN 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, while also on a year-round club team, which is a different level of immersion altogether.  


Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

~ John F. Kennedy

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.

LCM Delegate Statistics



Girls: 50%
Boys: 50%
Private School: 75%
Public School: 25%
Middle School: 45%
High School: 55%

  • Aragon High School
  • Branson
  • Burlingame Intermediate School
  • Burlingame High School
  • Burkes School*
  • Castilleja*
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • Crocker Middle School
  • Crystal Springs Uplands School*
  • Drew School
  • Friends Day
  • Garfield Community School
  • Gunn*
  • Half Moon Bay High School
  • Harker
  • International High School
  • Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School
  • Jordan Middle School
  • Keys School
  • Lick Wilmerding High School*
  • Live Oak School
  • Menlo-Atherton High School
  • Marin Academy
  • Marin County Day School
  • Menlo High School*
  • Moreland Middle School
  • Northstar School
  • Paly
  • ​​Presentation High School
  • Pinewood School
  • Redwood Middle School
  • Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
  • Sacred Heart
  • San Francisco University High School
  • San Mateo High School
  • Saratoga High School
  • St. Dunstan
  • St. Francis
  • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School
  • St. Raymond
  • St. Simon
  • Stuart Hall
  • Summit Prep
  • Terman Middle School
  • The Bay School of San Francisco
  • The Hamlin School
  • The Harker School
  • The Nueva School*
  • The Urban School of San Francisco
  • Town School For Boys*
  • Woodside Priory
  • Woodside High School

In similar fashion 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 until the 12th grade (or 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, economics and diplomacy.