Clubs have been formed going back to all ancient civilizations of which we have any knowledge: for instance, the ancient Greek hetereiai or the Roman collegia. Their purpose is to allow people with a common interest to associate despite having no familial ties. At Clapham School we recognize the natural human desire to pursue excellence in an area of interest with other likeminded people. The shared enjoyment and sense of achievement can be powerfully formative. During the school day, all students participate together in many important educational goals, but some students will always want to develop their relationship with particular subjects and skills in a deeper way. Therefore, Clapham School’s extracurricular clubs and ensembles seek to provide an avenue for students to associate around worthy pursuits in a way that fosters their love of learning and challenges them to go deeper. Joyful discovery doesn’t just occur in a classroom, it’s a way of life. And so, we offer a rich selection of clubs and ensembles to spur our students on in their pursuit of all things good, true and beautiful.



Business Club (C8–C12)
The purpose of the Clapham School business club will be to cover the fundamentals of planning, starting and running a real business. The club will be mostly student driven with real professionals assisting students in their different business roles, such as sales, marketing, product development, accounting, human resources, technology and management. As part of the instruction, students will travel to local businesses for behind the scenes tours of offices, warehouses and factory floors.

Leader: Heinrich Johnsen
Season: Year-long Club
Time: Info Meeting 8/30 at 4:30pm, Other TBA
Club Advisor: Kolby Atchison

To sign up, complete the Business Club form and email form here. For more information check out the flyer and detail.

Math Olympiads (C4–C8)
Do you enjoy math, and desire an opportunity to hone your problem-solving skills with other students across the world? Join Math Olympiads, the global math competition that serves as a fun, low stress way to learn and explore mathematics together with friends. Meetings are once a week and include a problem set, time for discussion, and once a month contests administered at school. Honors are awarded to top scoring individuals and teams.

Teacher: James Cooper
Season: Year-long Club
Time: Fridays from 3–4pm
To sign up, complete the Math Olympiads form and email form here

Birders and Botanists (C6–C12): Limit 20
Plants and Birds are everywhere, yet not everyone spends time observing them and learning to appreciate their beauty through birdwatching, plant planting, and many more activities. Would you like to take part in an amazing adventure that includes words like hydroponics, ornithology, and sylviidae? Or activities like bird watching, learning about native plants through planting them, and dissecting owl pellets? Look no further! We will meet weekly throughout the year, share food, stories, and learn about the beauty that is nature.

Teacher: Jeremy Foster
Season: Year-long Club
Time: Wednesdays from 3–4pm
To sign up, complete the Birders and Botanists form and email form here

Junior Classical League (C6–C12): Limit 20
Interested in the myths, history, legends, and languages of the Greeks and Romans? Feed that love through games and competitions, projects and the pursuit of everything classical. The Junior Classical League is a national club, in which there are opportunities to gather with students from other classics clubs in the area to compete in certamen—a jeopardy-like game—in arts and crafts, drama and more! Meetings will include food, light-hearted competitions, crafts or games, and exposure to everything Greco-Roman.

Teacher: Jason Barney
Season: Year-long Club
Time: Fridays from 3–4pm
To sign up, complete the Junior Classical League form and email form here.

Clapham School Orchestra
New students who would like to join will be asked to arrange an audition with the director ( Participants should have experience in their chosen instrument and be receiving private lessons. String instruments, particularly violins, are preferred. The orchestra will be performing at Clapham School events through the school year.

Director: Drostan Hall, the Music Director, Founder and Conductor of Camerata Chicago
Season: Year-long Ensemble
Time: As arranged by the director
To sign up, contact the director to set up an audition.

Drama Club (C3-C5): Limit 20
Interested in playing theater games? Have fun acting and improvising in a variety of theater games, while gaining skills to prepare you for the Middle School Shakespeare play. Work on your comedic timing, dramatic expression and stage presence. Learn how to play off others in group games, while having the time of your life!

Teacher: Jenna Adams and Miranda Quinn
Season: Fall Club
Dates: 10 Wednesdays – 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14

To sign up, complete the Drama Club form and email form here.

Sewing and Hospitality Club (C3-C12): Limit 10
Would you like to learn how to sew and develop the graces of hospitality? In the Sewing and Hospitality Club we will learn the art of sewing by making several projects. Seven weeks will be devoted to sewing and the last three weeks will be dedicated to hospitality, including a special event on the last week. Each week of the club, we will enjoy a little snack. If you have a sewing machine that can be used, please contact Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Woodhouse.

Teacher: Jenny Johnson and Sally Woodhouse
Season: Winter Club
Dates: 10 Wednesdays beginning in January

Introduction to Fencing (C5-C12): Limit 20
Have you ever wanted to learn how to fence? Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century, when the Italian school modified the historical European martial art of classical fencing. Fencing has been known to improve hand-eye coordination, reaction time and quick decision-making skills.

Season: Spring Club
Limit:  20
Dates: 9 Wednesdays beginning in March

Debate Camp (C6 - C12)

Kat has 8 years of experience teaching and coaching debate. Within a year of founding a debate program on the East Coast, her team quickly become the most successful in the league, earning the highest percentage of overall wins in the league.

In addition to 8 years of personal experience as a nationally recognized debater, Peter has 10 years of experience teaching debate and designing curriculum for summer debate institutes. He has coached multiple students to national championships.

Upper School students are required to have a laptop. Middle School students are strongly encouraged to have one.

Teacher: Kat and Peter van Elswyk
Season: June 11 – 15
Time: 9am to 3pm
To sign up, complete the Debate Club form and email form here