Elementary School Level
All of our elementary schools are unique and offer a variety of activities, clubs, and organizations. Students have excellent opportunities to learn and to grow through both academic and extracurricular experiences. To determine which specific clubs, activities, and organizations are available for your child, please contact the school office.
Middle School Level
(Not all clubs/organizations are offered at every school.)
Academic Challenge Team
Academic Challenge Teams are composed of seventh and eighth grade students. They compete against area schools in quiz bowl type scrimmages. A final competition is held at the end of the season at the annual Academic Challenge Festival. Teams are made up of students who are knowledgeable in academic areas such as literature, math, history, science, music, art, and current events. To be a member, students must have a teacher recommendation and an acceptable score on the Academic Challenge Test.
Through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), the mission is to develop micro and macro motor ability and listening and observation skills. The hope is to engage students in the educational process and develop relationships to decrease the dropout rate. NASP believes that learning target shooting skills will develop character and self-reliance that will serve the future of wildlife conservation.
The Art Club consists of informal meetings of students interested in the arts. Any student who cares about art and is willing to work is welcomed. Students work with a wide variety of media, including drawing, painting, graphic design, and sculpture.
Middle School Band is an ongoing class that provides instruction in instrumental music education. In addition to classes, the band participates in All State Band, concert festivals, and the Solo & Ensemble Festival.
Band classes are composed of students who, with parental approval, elect to take the course in sixth grade. Participation in subsequent years is limited to those who have previously been enrolled.
Each year a group of sixth graders is randomly selected to attend Camp Thunderbird. This is a three-day/two night experience to the Environmental Education Center at Camp Thunderbird. Compass reading, forest ecology, bird study, Native American study, and fish study are a few of the classes that the students participate in while at this “classroom in the wood.” The school will notify parents of any required fees.
Choral music students are selected by audition. Students are required to give concerts for school and community events. Students provide music for athletic events, city ceremonies, etc. Students are required to take a choral class, purchase the required uniform(s), and attend all performances.
Envision World Class Scholars
This program uses digital technology (Google Hangout) where students can connect with other around the world, learn something from a global perspective, and share with others what they have learned in a structured but relaxed, friendly format. Students are encouraged to ask questions they are curious to know about and at the end, produce a team project on their learning time together.
Junior Beta Club
Junior Beta Club is a scholastic organization based on character, leadership, academics, and community service. Junior Beta Club is open to students in the seventh and eighth grades who have an “A” average in the core academic areas for two semesters. Once students have been chosen for membership, they are required to complete ten hours of community service as well as maintain a good academic record.
Literary Club is for anyone interested in reading for fun. Its purpose is to encourage recreational reading and to promote the development of good literary skills. Literary club members meet once a month.
Mathcounts is a nationwide math coaching and competition program for seventh and eighth grade students. It promotes students’ interest in math by making math achievement as challenging, exciting, and prestigious as a school sport.
Each year the math department sponsors the Math-A-Thon for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. Students improve their math skills by completing problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook for which they obtain pledges from family, friends, and the community.
National Geography Bee
All middle school students compete in the National Geographic Geography Bee. The school-wide winner receives a medal and a chance to compete at the state level. The bee is conducted to promote geography in the schools.
National Middle School Month
This month of activities recognizes the importance of middle level school initiatives. Each year schools engage in activities as outlined by the National Middle Level Education Committee.
The newspaper staff helps to produce the school newsletter. The newspaper staff is charged with creating an interesting and informative newsletter, which is distributed throughout the year. While working on the staff, students learn interview skills, word processing skills, editing skills, and Internet use.
Through the First Lego League Program and dedicated coaches, students are introduced to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Guided by their imaginations and guidance from their coaches, students discover exciting career possibilities in STEM fields and, through this process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
The purpose of the Science Club is to sponsor field trips that emphasize concepts studied in the eighth grade science curriculum. To be a member, students must be in the eighth grade and maintain a “C” average or better. The club has taken two trips to Congaree Swamp and Sesquicentennial State Park to allow for a hands-on close-up look at the geological features of these areas.
Sixth grade students participate in a science fair. Students plan an investigation and conduct a scientific experiment to find answers to their questions. Data and conclusions are displayed through several different mediums. Students enjoy the benefits of using the scientific process, as well as the use of technology.
The Chester County School District Spelling Bee is an annual event. All students participate in a class spelling bee, usually held in language arts classes. The Charlotte Observer provides a booklet of words and rules. Class winners advance to the school’s spelling bee. The school winner advances to the Chester County School District Spelling Bee. The district winner represents the school district in the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee. The regional winner advances to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
At the beginning of each school year, each homeroom elects its representative and alternate to serve on the student council. The student council works on special service projects such as raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and sponsoring a blood drive.
The Student Publication Club is for anyone interested in writing for fun. Its purpose is to encourage recreational writing and to promote the development of good literary skills. Student Publications members meet once a month.
The annual talent show gives students and faculty the chance to showcase their talents. It encourages individual confidence and self-motivation. Students compete in a positive setting and vie for prizes.
The yearbook staff meets on a regular basis to help construct the school yearbook. Students select covers, organize student pictures and class collages, arrange layouts, and take pictures.
High School Level
(Not all clubs/organizations are offered at every school.)
Academic Challenge Team
Academic Challenge Teams are composed of students who are willing to participate and attend mandatory practices. The teams compete against other area schools twice a year. The teams consist of students who are knowledgeable in academic areas such as literature, math, history, science, music, art, and current events.
Beta Club is a scholastic organization based on character, leadership, academics, and community service. The Beta Club is open to sophomores who have a minimum GPA of 3.75. Once students have been chosen for membership, they are required to complete ten hours of community service as well as maintain a good academic record.
Concert Band represents area high schools at certain community events as well as the state level events sponsored by the South Carolina Band Directors Association. The Concert Band is composed of musicians in grades 8-12 who meet minimum requirements.
Marching Band is open to selected musicians from grades 8-12. Students attend band camp prior to the beginning of school to prepare for marching season. The band competes in various competitions during the month of October. Competition at the State Championship is based on the previous performances. The band also provides music during half-time at football games and marches in various parades around the county.
The Color Guard, part of the Marching Band, is open to students in grades 8-12. The guard performs drill and dance routines involving a variety of props and equipment. The guard is an integral part of the Marching Band performance. (See Marching Band)
Honors Chorus is open to students by audition only. The chorus performs at special functions and upon request.
Distributive Education Club of America (DECA)
DECA is an organization of marketing and entrepreneurship students. This organization provides teachers and members with educational and leadership development activities as an extension of the classroom instructional program. The goal of DECA is to develop a “career success kit” for students to carry into their business and personal lives after graduation. To accomplish this, DECA utilizes on-the-job experience, chapter projects, and a program of competency-based competitive events in specific marketing occupational areas.
The Drama Club is open to all students. Membership does not depend on grade level or GPA. The goal of the drama club is to promote school wide participation in the performing arts and to improve the students’ knowledge of theater through drama experiences. Besides producing plays for the high school theater and attending various state conferences, the drama club builds sets for other clubs and community functions. It also distributes information to students about local performances.
The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
FCCLA is a national vocational student organization for young men and women who are or have been enrolled in Family and Consumer Science courses.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
FCA is an open club for all students who wish to share their Christian values. One does not have to be an athlete to be part of the FCA.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
FBLA is a national organization. This organization involves nearly 250,000 members in over 13,000 chartered chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools worldwide. Membership dues and national financial development activities provide a financial base for the National Association, which offers leadership and guidance while developing support services and major programs. Membership is open to students in grades 9-12, enrolled in business or business-related courses, which accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful school-community relations, and possess qualities for employment.
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
FFA has programs on the local, state, and national levels that help young people reach their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Whether entering the workforce directly or pursuing higher degrees, FHA members are exposed to a comprehensive curriculum, as well as plenty of hands-on experience.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
HOSA is involved in many activities ranging from community service to competition. This organization has helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Salvation Army. HOSA competition involves many hours of hard work in various medical fields. Skills are later tested at regional, state, and national competitions.
JROTC Drill Team
The mission of the Army JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens. The Drill Team is the elite of this organization; they practice and execute precision military drills. They have competed in a host of competitions securing a reputation as a powerhouse in the region. In past years they have been invited to the National High School Drill Competition. They have been named the “HOOAH: Battalion,” which is slang used by soldiers and cadets meaning any and everything except NO!
Media Center Assistants
Media Center assistants help facilitate the smooth operation of the schools’ media centers. Students must contact the school media specialist if they are interested in assisting. Selected students work during the week in the media center before, during, and after school. They straighten shelves, shelve books, help produce displays, participate in publishing a newsletter, and perform other tasks that help make the media center a well-organized, effective learning center for all students.
National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
NTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today’s highly competitive workforce.
Open to all students, the newspaper staff publishes a quarterly school paper.
Selected students serve as assistants in the school office. Students run errands, sort mail, answer the phone, etc.
Selected students with good grades and no discipline records act as models for younger students with problems involving academics, behavior, or activities.
SAT 1000 Club
The SAT 1000 Club is open to all students who achieve 1000+ on the SAT or the equivalent on the ACT.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and instructors who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations. SkillsUSA provides quality educational experiences in student leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character building. It emphasizes total quality work.
Several different Spanish clubs are offered depending on a student’s level in Spanish. Students wanting to gain a thorough knowledge of the Spanish language will enjoy the Spanish Club.
Spanish Honor Society
The Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Its purpose is to recognize high achieving students who take these languages and to promote interest in the languages. Students must have an A average in each of the 3 semesters of Spanish to be a member.
Sporting Clays is a school sponsored club that is available at the varsity and junior varsity level in grades 9-12. It is for students who have an interest in the sport, and want to participate in shooting clays competitions. There is a sponsor from the school staff, who has a knowledge or interest in shooting clays. The members of the club are chosen to be on the sporting clays team after tryouts at a sporting clays facility. Members are responsible for all of their sporting clays equipment and their transportation to and from sporting clays practices, which are never held on school grounds. Students may be responsible for all entry fees to competition, but may participate in fund raising activities to off-set the expenses incurred as being a member of the club. The rules for this club are those established for any Chester County School District sports team competition.
Student Council is a student organization made up of six executive officers and the officers of each class. Students are elected by the student body and must meet GPA criteria. Members of the Student Council must have a 2.0 GPA for the preceding semester and good conduct. Executive Officers must have a 3.0 GPA for the preceding semester and good conduct. Members and officers must have been enrolled in this high school for at least one semester prior to election. The Student Council is a channel for communication between the student body, faculty, and administration. The Council also organizes social functions and community projects.
Students Out to Serve (SOS)
SOS is a service organization whose members are genuinely concerned about the welfare of others. The aim of SOS is to make a difference in the lives of those it strives to serve. Students must maintain a 2.8 GPA or above and a clean discipline record, receive recommendations from teachers, and complete a satisfactory interview with the sponsor.
The Tri-M organization is made up of students, faculty, and honorary members. In order to be considered for the Tri-M, one must be enrolled in a music class – choir, band, color guard, piano, or jazz band. Only students in grades ten through twelve are eligible. Members are required to perform in an ensemble, have excellent character, and demonstrate outstanding musicianship. Interested individuals need to contact their music instructor for a recommendation; complete an application; and meet GPA, behavior, and performance criteria.
Open to all students, Yearbook Staff membership is limited at the discretion of the advisor. These students have the primary responsibility for planning and producing their high school yearbook. They are involved in all facets of publishing the yearbook.