Clapham School’s Clubs and Ensembles offer our students opportunities to engage in enriching
extra-curricular activities with each other and our faculty and staff. We want our students
to be able to participate and continue to grow in their particular skills and interests.



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: To be determined
Club Advisor: Kolby Atchison

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, complete the Orchestra form and email form here

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: Maggie Worley and Jenna Adams
Season: Fall Club
Dates: 10 Wednesdays – 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15

Tea and Sewing Club (C3-C12): Limit 10
Would you like to learn how to sew and enjoy sipping a new flavor of tea each week? In the Tea and Sewing Club we will learn the art of sewing by making several projects. The history of a new tea will be introduced each Wednesday and we will fellowship as we work on our projects. 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 – 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21

Introduction to Fencing (C5-C12)

Season: Spring Club
Limit:  20
Dates: March 14th 2018 through May 16th 2018

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