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The Elements is a five-year program that provides today’s young men with the elements of professional and personal excellence they need to be the leaders of society tomorrow. Through a curriculum of classes, one-on-one mentoring, interactive sessions, and career presentations by successful professionals, The Elements challenges students not only to excel academically, but also to stand out among their peers in character, breadth of vision, and a magnanimous spirit of service.




(Grades 8 - 9)

Students need to establish the right priorities early in high school.  Each session includes a talk on key choices students will need to make that affect their priorities, followed by an interactive activity that stresses analytical thinking, communication, and teamwork.


Sep 21 Setting Goals for the Future

Oct 19 Studying for Succcess

Nov 16 Culture: The World of Books

Dec 21 The Art of Making Friends

Jan 18 Relationships and Dating

Feb 15 Leadership and True Manliness

Mar 15 Productive Use of Summer


(Grades 10 - 12)

High school is the time to begin thinking about career interests. Your interests will affect the college and the major you choose. It is also the time to develop the habits of effective speaking and critical thinking that are essential for success in college and the workplace. Each career presentation is followed by an interactive activity and a short talk on character development.


Sep 21 Six Sigma at St. Louis’ Largest Hospital

Oct 19 Stadium Design

Nov 16 Security, Privacy, Terrorism & War

Dec 21 Startups & Entrepreneurship

Jan 18 Building a Career as a Lawyer

Feb 15 Data Science in the Biological Sciences

Mar 15 Productive Use of Summer




Each student is assigned a mentor who will meet individually with him between the monthly sessions. The mentor guides the student in applying the principles taught in class and helps him set goals that are important and practical. Mentoring sessions last 45 minutes and will take place at Wespine.

Please see the ABOUT WESPINE page to read more about the educational philosophy behind mentoring programs at Wespine.


Location, Dates and Times:

The Elements meets at Wespine Study Center on the third Saturday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., September through March. 

Application and Fees:

The seminar costs $230 per participant. Interested students must submit the application with a non-refundable deposit of $20. Applications received a month or more in advance qualify for a $50 discount. Please make checks payable to Wespine Study Center.

Financial considerations should not prevent anyone from attending. Please inquire about scholarships.

For more information contact Tom Lechner at 708.205.7837 or tlechner@wespine.org.