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

150 Acts of Kindness

In honor of our 150th anniversary, pledge to take part in the 150 acts of kindness. Visit the photo area and take the pledge today.

Accountability Council Club

Accountability Counsel Club’s goal is to raise student awareness of human and environmental rights issues around the world. Specifically, we will gain insight into Accountability Counsel’s cases supporting communities around the world to defend their rights – from farmers in Haiti, to nomadic herders in Mongolia’s South Gobi Desert, to indigenous people in the mountains of Nepal. We will learn about how international financial flows can be a force to benefit or harm people and the environment, why, and how to build systems to avoid harm. We will also learn professional skills as we engage with Accountability Counsel’s team.

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.

Akilah Club

Akilah Club is about forming a bond between the Agnes Irwin School and The Akilah Institute. Both schools are all about empowering women, and we will work together to understand the best ways to educate and inspire girls.

Athletes Helping Athletes

Athletes Helping Athletes is a club that focuses on volunteering to assist children and adults with special needs who wish to participate in athletic activities be able to do so, have fun, and become part of a team.

Book Club

Book Club is a fun, laid back environment where students can explore different exciting genres of books and discuss them as a group.

Career Club

The goal of this club is to give students the opportunity to learn about different jobs they might want to pursue by meeting with members of our community in a variety of careers.

Dance Club

Dance Club teaches dances from Kpop while giving everyone the option to move around during a club.

Debate Club

The Debate Club is focused on helping classmates develop the skills needed to engage in educated, respectful, and professional debate about current events and topics while discussing various perspectives. 

DECA

The club is prepared for attending the 2020 DECA Competitive Event. The DECA Competitive Event is a simulated business competition for high school students around the world. It is a great opportunity for students who are interested in business and are likely to major in it in college. Students will gain practical knowledge in specific domain and the event directly contribute to students being college and career ready.

Focus

Focus is a place where people of all faith backgrounds can come together to learn how the lessons of the Christian faith can help them in their everyday lives.

For the Culture

Our mission is to inform and include our community in conversations surrounding current events and hot topics within the black community and culture.

Grant Making Club

The AIS Grant Making Club strives to improve the mental and physical health of women and children by working with local organizations to provide them with resources and opportunities necessary to have healthy, happy, and successful futures.

Guitar Club

Students learn to play guitar together and teach each other while having fun. Anyone with any level of experience playing guitar is welcome to join!

Life Skills

Teach students different life skills that you can learn in 30 minutes that can serve you well, such as using Microsoft Office Excel.

Minds Unlimited

The purpose of Minds Unlimited is to raise awareness and reduce the negative stigma of mental health issues. We will promote wellbeing and mental health to all girls through education and support; deliver a variety of programs and supports to girls impacted by mental health issues; and work to eliminate labels, stigma, and prejudice. 

Model UN

Model UN is a simulation of the United Nations in which students replicate diplomatic discussions and take part in strategic debates in an attempt to find solutions to real world problems. 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. 

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 stands for Peer Active Listening Support. PALs is a peer mentoring program that pairs Upper School PALs with a Lower or Middle School girl. The mission of PALs is to provide friendship and support to Lower School and Middle School girls. Upper School volunteers build relationships, impart confidence and self-esteem, and have fun with Lower and Middle School girls.

Paper Airplanes Refugee Tutoring Club

The Paper Airplanes Tutoring Club provides free English language tutoring via Skype to high school-aged Syrian refugees and those affected by conflict in different parts of the world. Tutors are matched with a student and meet with them weekly throughout the year, helping them to improve their reading and writing skills. 

Sculpting With Clay

This club will teach students to make simple crafts out of clay, such as animals and some characters in animation.

Set Design Club

Members design, create, and paint sets for all AIS theatre productions, such as the US Musical, the plays and other productions throughout the year.

Skirt

Do you have a passion for fashion? Want to show off your knowledge of retro styles? Then Skirt is for you!

Social Justice Club

Have thought-provoking discussions that encourage students to share their opinions in a well-mannered way about topics having to do with race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, class, etc. We seek justice for minorities and come up with solutions for our society. Rather than seeing who is right and who is wrong, we try to find common ground and repair situations.

Spanish Club

Spanish Club focuses on appreciation and celebration of world languages and their cultures, specifically the Spanish culture and language

Stage Crew

Learn what it takes to work backstage to make our productions come to life. 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, winter 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

Sustainable Living Club spreads awareness about how our everyday actions impact our planet, and how we can reduce the impact of these actions. We will research how eco-friendly brands such as Tesla, vegan companies, and more encourage reform, and watch documentaries such as The Sixth Extinction while continuing to push for local places to be more green.

Taste of China

We will watch documentaries about Chinese food, taste the delicious food, and even try making some ourselves if possible. Currently, people have a general understanding of the Chinese culture, but there are huge culture differences between regions within China. We hope to bring more understanding and awareness of the diverse cultures in different areas of China.

UBU Improv

An improv program that allows students to work with each other to find new ways to express themselves.

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. 

Yearbook

This club works to put together our fabulous year in review The Lamp, our yearbooks. Taking photos, writing copy, arranging pages are just some of what we do.

Young Democrats Club

In Young Dems, we will foster an environment in which its members can learn about and discuss major domestic issues.

Young Republicans Club

Our club gives republican girls a place where they can freely express their political beliefs and discuss political current events. We will have regular conversations with the Young Democrats.

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 Board)

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 

Tour Guides (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