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:

  • Anne’s Leaders
  • Art Club
  • Book Club
  • Building Bridges
  • Environmental Club
  • Fitness Club
  • Foodie Club
  • Girls Who Code
  • Glee Club
  • Marine Biology
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • ND Cares Club
  • ND Medical Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Speech and Debate Club
  • Student Council
  • The Liturgy Club (TLC)
  • Union of Color
  • Yearbook
  • Young Feminists Club
  • Zine Club

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.

Anne’s Leaders: 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.

Art Club: Art Club is a fun, interactive, and inclusive environment where anyone at any skill level can build their art knowledge and work in a supportive space. This year, Art Club meetings will feature digital workshops, guest speakers, and viewing content that features various art styles and approaches.

Book Club: 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: Building Bridges creates a safe, comfortable space at ND for the entire community, regardless of identity.

Fitness Club: The Fitness Club is a fun way to be active outside of school. We do a variety of workout activities and routines from Chloe Ting programs, HIIT, cardio, arms and legs, and more. Routine recordings are sent weekly on our Google Classroom page.

Foodie Club: The Foodie Club is all sugar, spice, and everything nice! Every week, we plan a dish to cook or bake, send out the ingredients list beforehand, and meet via Zoom to whip it all together. It’s super fun and interactive. All levels of “chef-i-ness” are welcome.

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: Glee Club is an auditioned, advanced vocal ensemble that performs repertoire from various genres and time periods, on and off campus.

Marine Biology: Marine Biology club is a chance for students to learn more about critters in the ocean, the oceanic environment, and how to take care of it. This club is an interactive and fun way to enjoy the ocean while still learning how to preserve it.

National Honor Society (NHS): 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:

  1. Leadership: evidence of demonstrated leadership in and out of the classroom–elected, appointed or informal.
  2. Character: evidence of the following: meeting pledges and responsibilities, honesty and reliability, cooperation with school practices, concern for others.
  3. 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.
  4. Scholarship: evidence of the following: academic motivation and discipline, critical thinking, ability to establish goals and complete tasks.

ND Cares: 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.

Psychology Club: The Psychology Club of Notre Dame aims to promote awareness and discussion on different topics within psychology, as well as encourage interest, learning, and advancement in the field. We hope to spread awareness about current issues in topics such as mental health, sleep, and different kinds of disorders. Our meetings consist of talking to professionals about their daily jobs and informing ourselves about important topics. We want to create opportunities for Chez Nous students to explore and discover new things in the field and learn more about themselves as well. These gatherings are not subjected for the students who solely want to pursue a career in psychology, but to people who are interested in learning about the human mind and its functions too.

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.”

Student Council: 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.

The Liturgy Club (TLC): The Liturgy Club (TLC) plans all Notre Dame School Liturgies. Student involvement is key and the members of TLC serve in roles such as greeters, readers, altar servers, and Eucharistic Ministers. TLC fosters an inclusive community where students and faculty of all faiths are respected and welcomed.

Yearbook: Students in this club produce the schools yearly book in order to commemorate the graduating Senior class and celebrate the entire school.

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.

Zine Club: 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.