Notre Dame students have a rich and varied selection of extracurricular clubs, sports, and activities to engage their interests and broaden their perspectives throughout the high school years.
Student participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged to round out a student’s personal development. Student interest largely determines the range of extracurricular activities.
A partial listing of activities for this academic year follows:
- Animal Lovers United
- Anne’s Leaders
- Board Game Club
- Book Club
- Building Bridges
- Chez Nous Steppers
- Creative Writing
- Current Events
- Dollars and Sense Business Club
- Girls Who Code
- Girl Up
- Glee Club
- History Club
- Home Economics
- Latin Dance
- Lettering and Calligraphy
- MET Club
- Model U.N.
- Multicultural Club
- Music Club
- National Honor Society
- ND Cares
- ND Medical Club
- Photography Club
- Psychology Club
- Science Olympiad
- Speech and Debate Club
- Student Council
- Taekwondo Club
- The Liturgy Club (TLC)
- West Indies/Caribbean Heritage Club
- Young Feminists
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege granted by the school to students in good standing both academically and in their conduct. In order to participate in extracurricular activities at Notre Dame School, students must maintain certain academic standards.
Animal Lovers United
Animal Lovers United is open to all grade levels. The club is committed to the education, promotion and proper treatment of animals.
Anne’s leaders are in eleventh and twelfth grade. They are selected based on the following criteria: academic success and commitment to live Anne’s values. These students commit to being trained as peer leaders and they lead small group meetings throughout the year. Anne’s values include the following: Prayer, Trust, Gratitude, Hope, Perseverance, Conversatio, Magis, Friendship, Courage, Service, Respect, and Responsibility.
The Notre Dame Book Club reads one book per month and gathers to discuss their thoughts and observations based on the selected text. This is a wonderful community for lovers of all genres and those looking to expose themselves to reading outside of the classroom.
Building Bridges creates a safe, comfortable space at ND for the entire community, regardless of identity.
Chez Nous Steppers
Club members learn and perform various step dancing routines.
Current Events Club
The Current Events Club was created to discuss and debate present day social, political, economic, religious, and judicial events taking place around the world and as portrayed in the media. With a greater understanding of the events taking place around us, we will be better able to function responsibly in our national democracy and in our broader global community.
This is an arts and crafts club that focuses on creative ways to create old items into new, everyday useful items.
Dollars and Sense Club
The mission of Dollars & Sense is to increase the interest in business and financial literacy among the ND community. Club members focus on creating and maintaining professionalism in the workforce, increasing financial literacy, and becoming aware of business opportunities. D&S works with the Financial Women’s Association and the Museum of American Finance throughout the year.
Notre Dame’s drama program is in its second year. During the 2016-2017 academic year the Drama Society performed a Christmas Nativity during the annual Christmas Festival. In the spring, the Notre Dame drama society presented Little Women: The musical. This Spring’s musical will be The Sound of Music!
For Environmental Club, students come together to discuss environmental issues. We collectively think of ways we can improve our daily lives in an eco- friendly way.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national organization dedicated to teaching and supporting young girls in coding and computer science. We aim to close the gender gap in technology and inspire girls to pursue more STEM related careers. The club is open to all students at Notre Dame and no coding experience is required!
Glee Club is an auditioned, advanced vocal ensemble that performs repertoire from various genres and time periods, on and off campus.
Students in this club bring history to the school by hosting events such as film screenings and bringing artifacts to the school like the National World War II Museum Footlocker and use New York City as their classroom taking field trips to historical sites, historical movies and events in order to explore history at a deeper level.
Home Economics is a new club at Notre Dame where we focus on information and activities that will prove to be helpful after graduation. We learn basic tasks, such as sewing, cooking, and nutrition regulating, that set us up for great success in the future.
Irish Heritage Club
The mission of the Irish Heritage Society is to learn about, celebrate, and enjoy the history and culture of Ireland and Irish-Americans. All students are welcome to club meetings, where we watch movies, read books, go on field trips, and share interesting opportunities to learn more about Irish heritage.
In Latin Dance, members learn dances from Latin America. We teach the steps, choreograph dances, and work as a team to build new friendships.
Students who want to enhance their appreciation and or knowledge of art can gather together in an informal atmosphere and view permanent as well as special exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students pick which exhibits they would like to focus on for their monthly visits. The MET has over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods and is celebrated as a place where “art comes alive… through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures.” Having this classroom outside of the classroom so close to ND makes it an ideal experience for the students and helps foster a love of art during the teen years.
The members of the club give a cultural presentation based on their ethnic background or interest. The members bring a traditional dish, costumes, and perform folk dance. The purpose is to create awareness of different cultures, society, and people.
The music club is a collection of student-musicians who work on their craft in preparation for performances throughout the year in various shows held by the school.
National Honor Society
The Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society recognizes the academic excellence of Notre Dame Students. Members must have a grade point average of 88% or above. They must also manifest qualities of leadership, character, service and scholarship.
The faculty committee uses the following criteria in approving students for membership:
- Leadership: evidence of demonstrated leadership in and out of the classroom–elected, appointed or informal.
- Character: evidence of the following: meeting pledges and responsibilities, honesty and reliability, cooperation with school practices, concern for others.
- Service: evidence of the following: service to the school or community through formal and informal organizations, willingness to cooperate and to do committee work, participation in school activities.
- Scholarship: evidence of the following: academic motivation and discipline, critical thinking, ability to establish goals and complete tasks.
ND Animates is open to all students in the school regardless of their capabilities as an artist. Students in the club are taught the basic principles of 2 dimensional, stop motion animation, and Flash animation. After members learn the basics, the members are able to create their own animations using the various mediums. In the club members also learn about the history and development of animation to what it is today.
Club members are committed to service projects that benefit our local community, as well as our global community. All grade levels are welcome.
ND Medical Club
ND Medical Club is for students interested in pursuing a medical career. Its primary goal is to explore the wide variety of medical careers and to provide educational direction for those interested in the health care field.
Club members learn and perform various dancing routines, as well as cheer for basketball games.
Club members learn about branches of science by performing some fun experiments, like making ice cream, and lava lamps.
Speech and Debate Club
“The Speech and Debate Team meets on Monday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm from September to April. As a member of the New York Catholic Forensics League the students compete against other regional schools in Speech categories, such as
Declamation: no more than a ten-minute memorized speech from another person’s previously presented speech;
Dramatic Interpretation: no more than a ten-minute memorized scene from a movie or a play.
Duo Interpretation: no more than a ten-minute memorized selection from literature or film performed by two students;
Extemporaneous Speaking: preparing a seven-minute speech on a current event topic with thirty minutes of prep time;
Original Interpretation: no more than a ten-minute memorized read selection, one in prose and one in poetry; and
Original Oratory: no more than a ten-minute memorized original piece written by the student on a topic of their choice.
The Public Forum debaters compete in the Manhattan Debate League’s weekly competitions. Public Forum Debate is a team event where teams draw a pro or a con position on a monthly resolution where logical reasoning and analysis based on evidence is used to persuade the judge.”
Notre Dame’s Student Council serves the school community. The council is committed to achieving and maintaining school spirit, unity, and respect for all. By demonstrating leadership, dedication and responsibility, the members aim to promote trust, open communication and enthusiasm in the school environment. The candidate’s academic and performance record will be reviewed to determine her qualifications.
Qualifications for office:
- Passing average in each subject
- Good attendance and conduct record
- Commitment to mission of Notre Dame School
- Submission statement of purpose prior to election
- A history of positive leadership, commitment and responsibility
- Attendance at the orientation session for candidates
Student Council Membership
The student council consists of an executive council whose members are the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Each homeroom elects two representatives. The term of office is one academic year. Executive council membership may be limited to juniors and seniors.
West Indian/Caribbean Heritage Club
The West Indian/Caribbean Heritage Club discusses and studies the history and culture of the different West Indies and Caribbean islands, including cuisine, music, art, traditions, and more. WI/CC was created to celebrate and understand the diversity in our Chez Nous community.
Students in this club produce the schools yearly book in order to commemorate the graduating Senior class and celebrate the entire school.
The Liturgy Club (TLC)
The Liturgy Club (TLC) produces all major Notre Dame School Liturgies for the entire ND Community of students, faculty, and administration. Students run the whole show – from proclaiming the Word of God to serving as ministers of hospitality as well as offering the gifts of the Body and Blood of Christ. TLC fosters a totally inclusive community where all are faiths and belief systems are not only highly respected and warmly welcomed, but wholeheartedly encouraged to attend.
Young Feminist Club
The Young Feminist Club seeks to educate and engage with the ND community on the challenges and opportunities related to feminism. YFC advocates for the simple belief that women must unconditionally and immediately enjoy equal rights and privileges in all sectors of society.
In Zine Club we care about current world issues and design. We create an online publication with writing, and art, that touches on contemporary events and issues.