Clubs and Extracurricular Activities
What do you like to do? Football? Tennis? Water polo? Golf? We've got them. Sing and dance in a Broadway-style musical? Check. Comedy Sportz? We have you covered.
What would you like to try? Shooting, developing and printing your own black and white photographs? Advanced photography has all the equipment you need for both film and digital photography. Student government? The Student Senate is active and important at Prep—it really has an impact on school policy and activities. Juggling and unicycling? There's a club for that. If that is not enough, all you need is a few friends and a faculty adviser to create a group centered around your own interests and hobbies!
Clubs on Campus
Amnesty International Club explores issues concerning human rights and social justice throughout the world. We write letters and send petitions to world leaders and raise funds through bake sales and coffeehouses to support the Nazoo Anna Education Center for Afghan refugee girls in Peshwar, Pakistan. Members exchange letters with Nazoo Anna students during the school year.
Athletic Council on Leadership (ACL) and Prep League Athletic Council (PLAC)
The Athletic Council on Leadership, founded in Fall 2008, focuses on leadership and service on campus and in the community. The council has three student captains/leaders, one for each committee group: community service, school spirit, and life lessons through athletics.
Typical ACL-sponsored community service activities include involvement in the Special Olympics, participation in the annual Heroes of Hope Walk to raise money for brain cancer research (in honor of Coach Tom Fry), and participation in the Club 21 Walk-a-Thon to support children with Down's syndrome. The School Spirit arm of ACL promotes community-wide support of Prep athletics with pep rallies and "Pack the Place" events. The Life Lessons arm of ACL focuses on teaching life-long leadership in the context of athletics with assembly speakers.
In 2012, the ACL became a model for a Prep-League-wide leadership organization called PLAC (Prep League Athletic Council). The mission of the group is to promote unity and sportsmanship among all League school. Each member school has a banner to display at games and meets demonstrating the school’s commitment to sportsmanship, fair play, camaraderie.
The PLAC charter states: “We, the members of the Prep League community, promote sportsmanship on and off the field through respect and unity. We seek to balance pride in both our individual schools and in the league as a whole.”
Book Club meets in the early evening to discuss a mutually agreed-upon book. We choose books that involve topics that are issues for teenagers. The group is open to anyone in the school.
Chess Club meets weekly for casual matches of chess. Although by nature strategic and thoughtful, playing chess is a great way for students to relax and socialize at the end of the day.
Club 4 Christ
Students may choose to balance the secular curriculum with an afterschool supplement of religious study: here, students discuss topics that range from theology to everyday life from a non-denominational Christian perspective.
Comedy Sportz is an improvisational comedy group that responds to a wide variety of scenarios and incorporates audience involvement. Here at Prep, faculty join the students as referees and participants.
The Flintridge Press
The Flintridge Press reports on campus news, student life, and student achievements in sports and the arts. The paper also publishes reviews and editorials. Members contribute as writers, photographers, and editors.
The Folio is Flintridge Prep's literary and arts magazine. Its purpose is to showcase the best student-produced creative writing and visual art of the academic year. During the year students select submissions, edit manuscript, and design the layout of the final product. This is the perfect club for the aspiring writer or graphic artist, as well as others wanting to explore their creativity.
French Club loves to celebrate French culture and food. Members participate in activities such as Mardi Gras, crêpe parties, and la Fête des Rois. French Club is open to any Prep student, regardless of the language he/she studies at school. French movies and games (Scrabble in French!) are often on the agenda. The club brings Paris to the classroom for rewarding and good times.
The Gay-Straight Alliance at Flintridge Prep has been formed and operates with the intent to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity in sexual orientation, to create a safe environment for all students, to create a school environment where all can feel welcomed and accepted for their unique talents and contributions, and to enjoy the full benefits of an educational institution that is free from fear of harassment or persecution. The above objectives will be accomplished through educating the student and faculty body in matters of and pertaining to sexuality, and by increasing awareness.
This club welcomes students from all grade levels who are interested in urban dance of all genres—hip hop, funk, and street styles of breaking and locking. Meeting once a week in the dance studio, members of all experience levels share their love of contemporary urban dance and music.
The Flintridge Prep Key Club is dedicated to community service and student leadership. The club's primary focus is helping those who are less fortunate. Activities include serving Thanksgiving dinners at a local church, holding a walk-a-thon to raise money for various charities, conducting food drives, and organizing contributions of food and other donations for the families of blind children. We are supported by the La Cañada Kiwanis, our parent organization. Key Club also meets with clubs from other schools and participates in joint activities, such as the Kiwanis Soap Box Derby.
Kids Wish for Kids (supports Make-a-Wish Foundation)
Kids Wish for Kids supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation® which has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
The Latin Club is comprised of current and former Latin students who meet once a week to promote the study of the Latin language in particular and subjects related to the field of classical culture and civilization in general. We are the on-campus representatives of the Junior Classical League, the nationwide organization comprised of high school and junior high school students of Latin and Greek. In addition to academic pursuits, we engage in a number of fun activities, e.g. an outing to see the movie Troy and our annual Latin convention. We also try to be socially active in the community through service. We are active participants in the Crop Walk. In December we collect toys for needy children and hold a canned food drive in the spring to benefit the Friends In Deed House. Although it is not our official motto, we try to live out the Latin expression Facta non verba (roughly translated, "Deeds, not words").
Leo Club is the high school branch of Lions Club International. Service projects include the collection of eyeglasses for the needy, an annual blood drive, and gift boxes for Samaritan's Purse at holiday time. Money raised from bake sales and the annual Bling-Bling Dance supports the Elizabeth House, a Pasadena agency serving abused and unwed mothers, and numerous other community organizations. Members provide gifts, cook, clean, and entertain at the annual Elizabeth House Christmas party.
Middle School Library Advisors
The Middle School Library Advisory Council works closely with the library in assessing library-related student needs. They are active in planning and implementing innovative ideas that bring technology, the love of reading and students into the library.
Model UN engages students in international politics in a unique and amazing way, bestowing knowledge of international relations and global issues, as well as in public speaking, debate, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and parliamentary procedure. In addition, Model UN programs and Conferences are hosted around the world, and allow for networking between students from different high schools, as well as the universities that host many of the Conferences, from UCLA and UC Berkeley to Yale and Harvard, and even PCC. Finally, Model UN can help gain recognition for both the students participating and the schools as a whole, as awards are given out at each Conference to those who perform well.
Another element that may help is the support given in the Pasadena area by the local Model UN chapter. There are PCC mentors to help train delegates at many local schools, culminating in the annual Model UN Conference that is hosted at PCC at the end of every school year. After the club has gone to some smaller Conferences, such as the one at PCC, we can go then raise funds to go on to bigger Conferences around the nation.
At our meetings, according to the Model UN FAQ site, At our meetings we would choose which conferences to attend, organize our fundraising efforts, talk about any new information we may have received, prepare for our conference and hold practice simulations.
More information about Model UN can be found at: www.unausa.org/modelunfaq#class_club
Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Club
Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Club explores math outside of the standard classroom curriculum to satisfy the mathematical curiosity of students: this can come in the form of competitions or discussions. Members share a sincere passion for learning advanced mathematics.
Multicultural Student Union (MSU)
The Multicultural Student Union is a forum for exploring and learning to appreciate the differences as well as the similarities among races and cultures. The organization fosters a mutually respectful environment where students can discuss sensitive issues without fear of criticism. We meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons.
National French Honor Society
The National French Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Flintridge Prep has sponsored a chapter of this organization since 1985. To qualify, students must maintain at least an A-minus average while taking French for three consecutive semesters. Members participate in activities such as dinners, National French Week, and French festivals such as Mardi Gras. The Honor Society also attends plays in French for an enriching cultural experience. Members provide a tutoring service for French I students.
Pasadena Independent School Foundation (PISF)
Flintridge Prep is one of 11 participating member schools in the Pasadena Independent Schools Foundation (PISF) Program. As part of the PISF program, students gain hands-on experience on how to establish and operate a foundation, ultimately making grants to charitable organizations in the local community. PISF's stated goals for the program are to give students an understanding of philanthropy and nonprofit operation, to teach them critical thinking skills and decision making skills, develop leadership skills, and teach the benefits of voluntarism. The ultimate hope is that students will acquire a life-long passion for giving. More information about PISF is available at the organization's website (www.pisf.org).
The Pep Band is a supercharged high-energy ensemble that performs for home basketball games as well as the homecoming football game. The band's music ranges from rock and roll to rhythm and blues to jazz, with a "jam-based" format. Pep Band members need not be members of Flintridge Prep's music program.
Prep Dance Outreach Club
The Flintridge Prep Young Republicans Club is committed to promoting conservative ideas and values on campus, while hosting good political debate, friendly discussion, and fostering an atmosphere welcoming to all viewpoints.
Saving the Nations
Saving the Nations, strives to make an impact environmentally and economically. Past projects have been launching a recycling program to raise funds for Haiti, as well as orphanages in Bangkok and Cameroon. The project goal is not only to involve Prep students in saving the nations, but also to show that every single can or bottle recycled can make a difference environmentally and globally.
Science Club gives students interested in science a chance to explore topics in greater depth outside the classroom. It is a great place for students to share common interest as well as work on research projects, such as the solo and group projects exhibited in the annual science fair.
The Spanish Club seeks to celebrate the culture of the Spanish-speaking world via excursions, concerts, film, food, and fundraising. Through our fundraising, we have supported a child in Bolivia for two years, and we maintain contact with a rural Bolivian village through Save the Children.
Spanish Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society explores Spanish culture in an environment outside of the classroom, and its members observe this culture through literature, art museums, performances, themed holidays, and unique events. Its goal is to educate students with an intimate and memorable sense of the meaning of Spanish culture. The Spanish Honor Society also participates in events that share a multicultural theme – opportunities to experience Spanish culture blended with other cultures of the world.
Speech and Debate
Speech and Debate is a club that practices Public Forum Debate and competes regionally, statewide, and nationally. It is a member of the Southern California Debate League as well as of the National Forensic League. Members of Speech and Debate are empowered with excellent public speaking and critical thinking skills, confidence, poise, and good posture. This club is open to all grades and new members are always welcome!
Teen Advisory Board (upper school library advisors)
These upper school students in this club suggest books for purchase, create displays throughout the library and organize book-related contests and events. They also assist with Prep’s LibGuide, suggesting great books for recreational reading. In doing so, the club members learn about the library, promote books, reading and technology.
The yearbook staff creates the school yearbook between September and March. Activities include photography, copy writing, layout design, and art. The LOG is produced entirely with PageMaker and PhotoShop, which means that anyone with computer experience is always welcome. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, and some weekends when a deadline is near.