Clubs and Organizations
Whitfield School encourages participation in extracurricular activities. The majority of Whitfield students belong to more than one club or organization. A Student Activity Fair, regular announcements during Morning Assembly, and our close-knit community make it easy for students to find out about and to join Whitfield clubs. Advisors and parents also encourage student participation. Students are expected to maintain their commitment to the club or team in which they have chosen to participate. Students with an idea for a new club are encouraged to talk with the Principal. They will be asked to research the viability of the club and may be able to start a new club at Whitfield. Unless otherwise noted, the following clubs are open to students in grades 6-12. Please select clubs and organizations from the list below to find out more information.
Admissions Club members play a critical role in educating prospective students and their families about the Whitfield experience and welcoming them into our community. The club is comprised of Hosts, Office Representatives, and Ambassadors. Admission Hosts help with Visit Days by welcoming and partnering with a prospective student. Office Representatives meet with prospective families after their interview or tour to answer questions from a student perspective and share their Whitfield experience. Ambassadors welcome our incoming students by planning a few events throughout the summer for a small group to help acclimate them to our school culture. They partner with their group during New Student Orientation as well. Club members may be asked to help with events such as Warrior Welcome, Open House, and Secondary School Night.
Students in grades 6-12 interested in exploring this intense game of strategy meet weekly with a faculty advisor after school to play chess. Beginners as well as advanced players are welcome.
The Climbing Club is a student-driven organization that meets once a week to climb at Upper Limits indoor rock climbing gym. The club welcomes everyone to join regardless of prior climbing abilities. The students learn to push their physical abilities while also developing mental dexterity by means of working through climbing "routes" on top-rope or "problems" while bouldering. This is a fun, stress-free club where students enjoy a little excitement in their every day experience.
Whitfield School encourages students to pursue volunteer opportunities to serve their school, neighborhood, and local communities, and to instill a life-long commitment to community service. In addition to school-wide and grade-level outreach efforts, the Community Service Club organizes community service activities on campus and in the St. Louis community. The Community Service Club is open to all interested students.
The Diversity Awareness Club is dedicated to discussing and acting on issues that affect the Whitfield School community. Students work with a faculty sponsor and the school administration to plan discussions and activities that will enhance the school community and foster greater unity and understanding among all of our members. The organization is open to all Whitfield students, faculty and staff.
The Whitfield Business Club started in 2019 with the goal of exposing Whitfield students to the business world through speakers and hands on activities. Participants will learn networking skills, how to develop a business plan, and how to make smart investments. The culminating event is a mock shark tank in which students will pitch their business plans to “potential investors”.
Green Scene is a student-run fan group for Whitfield sports. At designated games, Green Scene leaders make it their goal to recruit an overwhelming number of fans (students, teachers and parents) to come out in support of the teams. Support includes cheering, dressing up, and making posters. Green Scene t-shirts help to create a united fan base to support Whitfield athletic teams. Green Scene members are encouraged to be present at every game, even those not designated as Green Scene Games. These fans organize the student fan section and cheering.
Honor Council is a branch of student government that is tasked with implementing, supporting and facilitating dialogue about the Whitfield Honor Code. The mission of Honor Council is to build, support and accolade a student body and faculty that is committed to character and community.
The Whitfield Jazz Band is a co-curricular group of talented musicians who rehearse one evening a week during the school year. Students enrolled in one of the Whitfield band classes may audition for the Jazz Band. Directed by Anna Seim, the Jazz Band performs in styles such as swing, rock and latin at both the Winter and Spring Concerts as well as giving other performances throughout the year.
Judo Club is open to all students in grades 6-12 and meets several times a week through the year. No prior experience is needed and all skill levels are welcome to learn about and participate in this strength-building activity. Although judo is a combat sport, students should expect to develop speed, agility, balance, coordination, body awareness and an increase in overall athletic confidence.
Students who work on the staff of The Secret Voice review and anonymously select works to be published. This art and literature magazine accepts original poems, short stories, photographs, and drawings from Whitfield students, staff, and faculty.
The Middle School Debate Club is open to all students in grades 6-8. Members of the club will pick interesting topics to research and debate throughout the year. Students will learn to gather evidence to support their side and convincingly argue against the opposition. Several debates will be open to the Whitfield community to participate as audience members who will vote on the winner.
In Middle School Math Club, students learn different techniques of solving math word problems in a quicker and more efficient way. Students also participate in various math competitions against other schools throughout the year.
Mindfulness Club is open to all students, faculty and staff. The purpose of the club is to formally practice mindfulness meditation as a group and to support each other in developing the informal habit of mindfulness in everyday activities. The group meets after school, for about 20 minutes once per week.
The Whitfield School delegation to the Saint Louis-area Model United Nations consists of upper school students who are interested in world issues and international affairs. The aim of the organization is to allow upper school students from the Saint Louis area to act as delegates from various UN member nations and propose resolutions in an attempt to resolve international problems. Delegates speak for and against proposed resolutions, cross-examine other delegates, and ultimately vote to determine whether a resolution passes, fails, or is tabled.
Whitfield's Peer Tutoring Program pairs upper-class students who have a strong history of success in math and languages with younger students recommended by their teachers. The pairs meet for 30 minutes before or after school one day each week and work together to strengthen the student's study and organizational skills, as well as their mastery of the content in which they are being tutored.
Whitfield hosts a Special Olympics Young Athletes Program for Special Olympics of Missouri. Whitfield’s program meets one evening per week. Students work with children with special needs who are between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. While Special Olympics provide a lesson plan for each evening, Whitfield Students help by pairing up with the young athletes and leading the different activities.
Sports Activities for upper school boys include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey (club team), soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. Sports for upper school girls include: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance squad, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Sports for middle school boys include: baseball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey (club team), soccer and wrestling. Sports for middle school girls include: basketball, cheerleading, dance squad, soccer, cross country, field hockey and volleyball.
Student Council serves as the voice of the student body; upholds the standards and guidelines of the school; promotes school responsibility; and serves as the vehicle for community outreach and the recognition of students. The student-body President, Vice President and Secretary are elected by the students. Two class representatives are elected by individual classes and up to four at-large members can be selected by the Council. To run for election, students must have an average of 2.75 or higher the previous trimester and must continuously exemplify the ideals of academic success, good attendance, school spirit, and positive school citizenship.
Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, almost 4,000,000 student members have participated through competitions, intracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, community service, and more. TSA provides rules and guidelines for more than 60 middle school and high school competitions. Students are challenged to use and improve their STEM skills in team and individual events in such areas as: technology, communication, design and engineering, environmental systems, transportation, and manufacturing. All competitions are aligned with STEM standards, leadership skills, and 16 Career Clusters® (tsaweb.org). This club is offered to students 6-8.
The International Thespian Society is dedicated to the advancement of theater arts. Upper school students earn an invitation to join through distinguished participation in theatrical productions. Guided by student officers, the group meets on a regular basis. Activities include sponsoring an evening of student-directed, one-act plays and providing technical support for Whitfield events.
Students from grades 6-12 create The Iliad, which is the Whitfield yearbook. Veteran staff members teach new members the technical and leadership skills essential to producing a quality yearbok. Student editors guide staff members as they photograph, write, design and layout the yearbook. To create the layout of the pages, students use Whitfield's Mac Lab and Photoshop.