Extracurricular & Student Club Activities -
Chicago Waldorf School offers a broad range of extracurricular activities that offer students integrated and experiential learning, collaborative group projects, physical and social enrichment and that extend a wide field of opportunities for students to explore areas of interest, enhance skills and experience and interact with other communities in leagues, conferences and meets, and in club and hobby organizations.
Clubs & Special Interest Groups
Clubs provide a wide range of experiences for students as well as allowing opportunities for work and play in mixed-grade settings. All clubs are supervised by faculty member.
Waldorf founder Rudolf Steiner was a visionary in education and architecture and he was also a groundbreaking pioneer in establishing the model of biodynamic farming as well. In this field his lectures and writings continue to be seminal texts for modern beekeepers. Our Bee Keeping Club offers students the chance to learn about these industrious creatures and study their habits to understand their huge contributions to agriculture and the ecosystem. Students tend to⎯and harvest honey from⎯the school's apiary with three beehives.
The student Rocketeers meet to plan, research and build model rockets. The team participates in regional Rocket Launch Competitions and Science Fairs. Last years team constructed an in-flight wind turbine that was a prototype that could be developed to collect wind power during rocket flight.
Our Circus Club offers excitement, fun, physical coordination & balance training while learning diverse performance and acrobatic skills. Students learn clown techniques, aerial performing, juggling, tumbling and more. The club's year-end circuses ⎯where they present their Circus Arts routines to the entire community⎯are often packed to the walls for "standing room only" performances.
Our high school Student Initiative Groups offer opportunities for enrichment & college preparation
Student Initiative Groups
The Student Initiative Groups (also known as "SIGs") 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 who study current political issues, world events and foreign affairs. The students research and practice international diplomacy to make presentations for advocacy in topical social, cultural and legal issues. Rhetoric, discourse, rebuttal and political debate are enacted by the students in congresses of Model UN teams who join at local University campuses to present well-reasoned arguments in regional 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 cover 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.