Life Beyond The Classroom:
Clubs, Organizations, and Boards

Upper schoolers at Agnes Irwin explore their interests in more than 50 student-led clubs, boards, and organizations that focus on everything from wielding the gavel in student government to harmonizing in our a cappella group, the Bel Cantos. Don't see what you want? Make a pitch for a new club and take the lead. That's the mark of a true Agnes Irwin girl.
 

Clubs

AIS Allied

This cohort-style mentoring program provides a safe space for girls in grades 9-12 to discuss school life, identity, career exploration, societal issues and pressures with "allies," or adult women mentors.

AIS Video Project

Create educational videos for the school's YouTube channel to enhance student understanding of various topics and subjects.

Arduino

A relaxed club for girls interested in STEAM to be able to work with coding and designing microcontrollers.

Athletes Helping Athletes

This club brings special needs kids from the surrounding area to Agnes Irwin and The Haverford School's sporting events.

Cinema Club

The Cinema club exposes students to groundbreaking films that have greatly affected the movie industry and our society. Students watch movies and discuss techniques used in creating films such as direction, score, screenplay, and observe other important aspects used in film.

Colorful Minds Club

Colorful Minds was started to spread awareness for learning differences and cognitive diversity. Throughout the year, students conduct fundraisers and educate themselves and others on issues surrounding the disabled community and the importance of valuing this community.

Community Outreach Club

This club encourages hands-on service that will develop critical thinking skills and solve real-world problems, helping participants think about social issues in a new way. 

Costume Club

This club organizes, compiles, and creates costumes for the autumn musical and the spring play, as well as the Haverford play and musical. No sewing skills are required and members learn a lot along the way. This club is a great way to be creative, have fun, and be part of the theatre department! 

Debate Club

The Debate Club is focused on helping classmates develop the skills needed to engage in educated, respectful, and professional debate. This club debates a new topic during each meeting.

Female Empowerment Discussion Forum

A space for reform-minded girls to discuss issues impacting girls and women.

For the Culture

For the Culture expands the knowledge and understanding of different cultures — particularly the black culture —by watching movies, listening to music, and having in depth conversations about relevant topics.  

Girls Grant Making Club

The mission of the Girls Grant Making Club is to introduce, encourage, develop, and cultivate a philanthropic spirit in students and empower them to participate in serving the needs of others and as respected members of their own communities through their supervised administration of the Philanthropy and Community Service Fund. The girls in the GGM Club act as a foundation and allocate funds to the various non profits that come in to pitch their organization. GGM funds nonprofit organizations in Delaware County, Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Chester County focusing primarily on the needs of children, youth, and women.  

Girls Outreach

This club partners with local and international all girls' schools to learn about each other through cross-cultural engagement, and to empower one another through leadership activities.

Guitar Club

Students learn to play guitar together and teach each other while having fun. 

Knitting Club

This club's mission is to spread the love of knitting throughout the AIS community.

Lower School Helpers

This group assists the Lower School teachers with the younger AIS students on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Marketing and Publicity Club

This group works to design promotional materials to market the Upper School play, musical, and other special projects. 

Mindfulness Club

This club provides a stress-free opportunity for students to refocus through meditation, and learn techniques and methods that they can implement throughout their day.

Model UN

Model UN Club offers an exciting opportunity for students to learn about the world, international relations and diplomacy, and how the United Nations works. The Club is open to all Upper School students, grades 9 through 12, who are interested in these topics and willing to work on researching and writing about them. In mid-January the Club will send several members to represent AIS as delegates at the Model UN conference at Columbia University in NYC.

No More Kids with Cancer

This club raises awareness and plans events to support the No More Kids With Cancer Foundation, in honor of a former AIS student.

PALS

PALS is a mentoring program where girls are trained to be mentors and group facilitators. They offer friendship and support to Middle and Lower School girls who would most likely benefit from a special relationship with an Upper School student.

Paper Airplanes Club

This club works with the Paper Airplanes organization to provide free, year-round mentoring and English tutoring via Skype for Syrian students affected by the Syrian crisis. 

Pottery Club

The Pottery Club aims to develop pottery making skills, enhance creativity, and teach new skills utilizing the wheel.

R&R Club

This club aims to create an opportunity for students to take a break from their schedule to enjoy rejuvenating activities like walking, coloring, and meditation. 

Ravendell Book Club

The book club provides a fun, learning experience where students read, discuss, and enjoy literature in a friendly environment.

Set Design Club

Members design, construct and decorate sets for the Upper School musical, and spring drama productions. The group will learn painting and decorating techniques, collaborate with stage crew when needed, and source or create props needed to launch each production.  

Social Justice Club

This club aims to raise awareness of the many issues in the world that are socially unjust. 

Stage Crew

Members will learn how to construct and design sets, how to operate the lights and sound system of the West-Wike Theater, and to handle the backstage elements for the fall musical, winder drama, Middle School musical and Dance Motion.

STEM Club

STEM club is aimed at increasing girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through discussions, interactive experiments and lectures. This club will also collaborate with the Lower and Middle schools to get younger students excited in STEM fields. 

Sustainable Living Club

This club aims to inform and help others become more environmentally conscious.

The Political Forum

This club brings politically-minded students together to discuss current issues and world affairs, fostering an interest in politics, news, and current events.  For

Tour Guides

This group provides campus tours to prospective families and students, sharing their experience and the value of an Agnes Irwin education.

World Affairs Club

This club explores international affairs and US foreign policy issues. Activities may include watching a video on international issues, listening to a presidential speech, or researching, writing and sharing country profiles. This club is active with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Young Democrats Club

This club provides students with an opportunity to learn and voice their opinion about issues currently facing our country.

Young Republicans Club

This club provides students with an opportunity to learn and voice their opinions about issues currently facing our country. It also conducts community service and collaborates with The Haverford School's club.

Did you know?

Time to participate in clubs, boards, and organizations is built into the Upper School schedule. Girls are required to join at least two per year. Clubs usually take place before Upper School lunch, once or twice per seven-day cycle. 

Leadership Groups

Arts Council

The Arts Council is an organization of elected representatives from each grade in the Upper School who strive to support the Arts in the Agnes Irwin community.  

Athletic Association

The Athletic Association strives to promote the love of athletics through the modeling of good sportsmanship and leadership on and off the field.  

Council for the Advancement of Girls

This group serves as a liaison between the Center for the Advancement of Girls and the student body, and spearheads the annual Leading 4 Change conference.

Environmental Conservation Organization

Environmental Conservation Organization, ECO for short, is a group of passionate upper school activists aiming to improve our school's stewardship of the environment. Our goal is to educate and inspire teachers and students alike at AIS to become more active advocates for a healthier planet. 

Honor Council

The Honor Council works to promote honor and integrity throughout the school as a whole, and works to engage Upper School students in adherence to the Honor Code.

Repertory Company

The AIS Repertory Company (RepCo), is the student producing organization responsible for the annual presentation of the US Musical, the US Drama, the Dance Motion Concert, and other special performances 

Student Ambassador Leadership Team

The Student Ambassador Leadership Team, or SALT, are our head tour guides who are empowered by the admission office to be the visible leadership of the tour guide program, and  organize, recruit, and remind the student tour guides to ensure that the day runs smoothly for each visitor. 

Student Government

Student Government oversees our Board system, which is made up of boards that each represent our school's core values. Stud Gov, as it is known, is made up of elected class representatives from grades 9-12 and the senior Student Body President. 

Service Council

Service Council oversees service in the Upper School, leading community service initiatives throughout the year.

Unity Council

The Unity Council works to promote intersectionality as the central component of multiculturalism, and works to encourage appreciation, respect for all differences in our community.  

Organizations

Asian Student Alliance

The Asian Student Alliance provides an open space for students of all races to learn about historical and contemporary issues Asians face through the expansion of cultural knowledge, and celebration of Asian heritage.  

Black Student Union

Members support and mentor each other by bringing greater awareness of the richness of the histories and cultures of African-Americans/Blacks to each other and our community.

Compass

Compass provides a safe place for students to meet, seek and provide support, discuss topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and work to achieve universal equality in the Agnes Irwin Community and beyond. 

FOCUS

FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) is a Christian organization that fosters faith-based discussions and fellowship in independent schools from New England to South Carolina. Weekly lunch meetings are held to discuss passages from the Bible and answer faith-related questions. Students of every religion are welcome.  

Jewish Student Union

A common environment for Jewish and non-Jewish  students to learn about jewish culture and politics, become active in service opportunities, and educate the school about Judaism. 

Publications

Frenish Magazine

This club publishes our Spanish/French Magazine. Students have the opportunity to write creative pieces in Spanish or French, explore different genres (poetry, short stories, essays, news pieces, movie/book/art restaurant reviews, etc.), pursue cultural interests, and contribute their opinion on major national and international topics of interest.

Impulse Arts Magazine

The Impulse Club produces Agnes Irwin's Arts Magazine, a collection of student poetry, short stories, photography, and artwork.  

SKIRT

SKIRT is a fashion magazine that publishes one issue per season with articles and photography on fashion, beauty, politics, and other topics.

The Lamp

The Yearbook Committee is an amazing opportunity to contribute to the school. Members gather photos and information to input into the student designed book each year, working directly with Cooke Publishing Company. 

The Wick

The Wick is Agnes Irwin's school newspaper. Club members learn about all aspects of the newspaper’s production, including writing and editing articles, taking photographs, and formatting each issue.  

Being a member of the robotics team has been very meaningful to me. The little sister program is also very meaningful — I think it's so nice that the lower schoolers have someone to look up to.

Alex, Class of 2018