High School Extracurriculars - For Student Enrichment
Student Initiative Groups
The Student Initiative Groups involve our high school students with issues-based advocacy organizations, social and political movements, forms of cultural expression, and other initiatives that strive to impact human progress. They offer students opportunities to engage in professional practices, and participate in business, commercial and political fields. These extracurricular experiences provide work and industry experience which are valuable for resume building and college preparation.
Chicago Waldorf School Student Initiative Groups have included student chapters in Amnesty International, Model UN, The Green Team (a sustainability club), Student Ambassadors, Peer Counseling and Student Council. Here are profiles of some recent and current Student Initiative Groups:
Model United Nations
The Chicago Waldorf School's Model UN Team is comprised of high school students studying current political issues, world events and foreign affairs. The students practice international diplomacy in making researched presentations for advocacy in topical social, cultural and legal issues. The act of rhetoric and political debate are enacted in congresses of Model UN teams who join at local University campuses to present well-reasoned arguments in debate forums.
Student Newspaper- The Waldorf Chronicle
The Waldorf Chronicle, our high school's student newspaper is written and produced monthly by the high school journalism class. The newspaper staff covers school and neighborhood events, review plays and performances, and report on the achievements of the high school sports teams. The annual April Fools issue is always eagerly awaited, and yet never fails to catch some readers off guard. The Chronicle is distributed monthly to faculty, staff, and students in the 8th-12th grades.
The student members of the math club meet weekly after school to enjoy a variety of advanced mathematical challenges and to progress their knowledge in theoretical and computational math. In February, club members compete in the Regional Competition of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Qualifying students go on to compete in the Illinois State Mathematics Competition.
The drama club meets weekly after school to enjoy theater games, improvisational work, and to prepare a play or musical for the school community. Members practice acting, rhetoric and learn stagecraft skills.
Drama Club is open to students in 9th-12th grades. Past productions have included Godspell, The Dining Room, Alice in Wonderland, All in the Timing, You Can't Take It With You, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol (seen to the left).
Yearbook- The Loop
Students on the yearbook staff are charged with documenting a year in the life of the Chicago Waldorf School through photos, illustration and writing. The staff learns professional publications skills including editing, proofreading, digital imaging and document layout. Being focused on the student experience and daily life at the school, yearbook is a great opportunity for student camaraderie and excellent practice in the discipline of technical writing and conceptually building an institutional narrative.
The High School Student Council is comprised of three elected representatives from each high school class. Student Council meets biweekly with two faculty advisors to plan and organize a variety of school festivals and events. The council members also serve as representatives of the high school and are active in student welcome events such as the 8th grade and 7th grade visiting days. Student Council also provides an appropriate venue for students to bring concerns about school policies and procedures to the school administration for productive petitioning and discussions.
Sports and Athletics Clubs
The athletics program offers a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities for students.This program has its own webpage which can be visited by clicking here.