Brooklyn private independent school

Extracurriculars



Berkeley Carroll students are distinguished not only by their commitment to excellence in academics, but also by their eagerness to explore new interests and expand their talents in the arts, athletics and service to the community. Some of the extracurricular activities we offer include:

  • Art Squad
  • Asian American Students Association
  • Biking Club
  • The Blotter (Upper School newspaper)
  • Chess Club
  • Cooking, Food & Culture
  • Dance Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Fantasy Sports Club
  • Felix Pilkington Experience
  • Genshiken
  • Girls 2 Women
  • Hip-Hop Club
  • Improv Club
  • Into the Wild
  • Investing Club
  • Joint Alliance for Diversity Awareness (JADA)
  • Math Team
  • Movie Club
  • Non Traditional Family Alliance
  • People of Color (POC)
  • Philosophy Club
  • Politiclub
  • Programming Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Reflections (Upper School literature and art magazine)
  • Robotics
  • Spectrum
  • Strength in Numbers
  • The Science of Hitting in Baseball
  • Speech & Debate Teams
  • World Affairs Breakfast Club
  • Yearbook

  • Art Squad

    Art squad is open to all students, regardless of experience level, who want a chance to try out different kinds of art. We work on both projects and free work, and provide our students with a variety of mediums. In the past, we have had a photo collage in the cafeteria, created custom t-shirts, and watched old films as inspiration for watercolor paintings. This year, Art Squad will have a focus on creating and publishing zines, small self-published booklets on topics that students are passionate about, often related to activism.
    Back to Top


    The Asian American Students Association (Affinity Group)

    The Asian American Students Association is a club that meets several times a year to discuss issues of concern to Asian American students and to celebrate the various cultures of the student members. We are planning to enjoy food, music and dance from different Asian countries, and to discuss political and social concerns in the US as well as throughout the world. All are invited, including students who are interested in Asian culture. In addition, this club is part of POC.
    Back to Top


    Biking Club

    Do you like biking? Or even have a slight interest in anything relating to biking? Don't know how to bike and want to learn? Or just want to learn about biking in general? This co-curricular is for you. In this co-curricular we will be talking about biking, watching bike videos, learning how to fix bikes and planning group bike rides. There will also always be snacks and fun things to do. You do not have to be a serious biker to join.
    Back to Top


    Blotter

    The Blotter has been the student voice of our school for decades. Now an online student-run newspaper, The Blotter highlights arts, sports, and events in both the world and the Berkeley Carroll community. Through articles, photojournalism, and videos, The Blotter finds new and innovative ways to speak for the Berkeley Carroll student body. Visit The Blotter at http://www.bcblotter.com.
    Back to Top


    Chess Club

    The purpose of our group will be to learn new tactics and strategies and also teach the essentials to beginners who decide to join. This would be a good addition to our BCS community because learning and playing chess helps to stimulate the brain. The club will put on the following activities chess tournaments, lessons and guests who can teach students about chess. We will also most likely watch videos on chess.
    Back to Top


    Cooking, Food & Culture

    This co-curricular is going to be a place for the realest of foodies. We will explore many different cuisines, talk about and taste food from others cultures. We will discuss how food has been impacted by history and learn much about food, cooking and culture and how they all intertwine.
    Back to Top


    Dance Club

    Our club is dance club that focuses mainly on learning dances from other cultures and dabbles in contemporary dancing. We think that this club would be a great addition to the community because it gives students a chance to learn about different cultures and have fun while doing it. We also believe that it would make a great space for students to express themselves.
    Back to Top


    Environmental Club

    A club that focuses on spreading awareness of environmental issues. The purpose of the group is to bring awareness to environmental issues that we as members of the bc community encounter on day to day life. The environmental club helps make Berkeley Carroll a cleaner/eco-friendly place.
    Back to Top


    Fantasy Sports Club

    This co-curricular will revolve around fantasy sports. Students will participate in both weekly and season long drafts/challenges, which will include many sports. We will discuss everything from fantasy strategies to player statistics. If you have interest or experience in fantasy sports, our co-curricular is the one for you.
    Back to Top


    Felix Pilkington Experience

    The Felix Pilkington Experience is for students who wish to explore small group jazz at a high level. It is open to anyone interested in further study.
    Back to Top


    Genshiken

    Genshiken is a co-curricular group where Upper School students can come and learn or share their love of Japanese animation. The name derives from a Japanese Manga series about a college club, whose constituents are ardent fans of media.
    Back to Top


    Girls 2 Women (Affinity Group)

    Girls 2 Women is a co-curricular group composed of Upper School females who meet weekly. We talk about topics relating to gender and beyond, read and discuss thought-provoking articles, watch movies, learn about and meet inspiring women, team up with other clubs, hold several meetings throughout the year that are also open to Upper School males, plan events, and have a lot of fun!
    Back to Top


    Hip Hop Club

    The Hip-Hop club is a melting pot where all different views and types of hip-hop are accepted. It is an accepting environment for students to listen to and discuss topics and genres of hip-hop.
    Back to Top


    Improv Club

    Improv comedy is all about support. The ultimate goal of improvising is to make your scene partner(s) look like the best, smartest people in the world. School can be a tiring and competitive environment, and all of that stress the Berkeley Carroll community could really benefit from a club with the thesis of supporting and being friendly towards others. Improv is a ridiculously fun and positive (yes and!) form of performance art that is beneficial to Berkeley Carroll.
    Back to Top


    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild consists of wilderness first aid skills, camping skills, cooking skills, and occasional trips out to the Appalachian Trail as much as the group can get out.
    Back to Top


    Investing Club

    In the Investing Club, we will be competing in an in-house investment simulation. Each group member will start with $100,000 and invest in any stocks, index funds, ETFs, materials (gold), that they choose. At the end of each semester, the student with the best ROI (Return On Investment) will receive a financial prize. Students will be competing with several teachers as well. During meetings, we will discuss investment related concepts and finance related current events. This group is open to all students, and requires no prerequisite knowledge of banking or finance.
    Back to Top


    JADA (Joint Alliance for Diversity Awareness)

    JADA provides a safe space for all members of our community who respect, honor and celebrate the wide range of differences in ourselves. Our purpose is to discuss important, controversial, tough, and uncomfortable issues that affect all individuals who identify with any race, culture, socioeconomic class, gender spectrum, sexual preference, religion, political leanings, and the like. Our goal is to strive to help raise awareness for diversity in our school’s community, and to hopefully spread this helpful knowledge to others. For a community to thrive, it must be aware of the experience of each and every individual in it.
    Back to Top


    Math Team

    The Math Team at Berkeley Carroll is open to students grades 9-12 and is focused on preparing students for mathematics competitions. Members of the team work individually and in groups on challenging mathematics problems that are taken from past competitions. These competitions include, but are not limited to, the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12), NYC Interscholastic Math League (NYCIML), Interstellar, and a local math bowl with other New York City schools. We also plan to participate in a friendly in-person competition against Packer-Collegiate in the fall and the spring. This club will meet after-school on Mondays and/or Tuesdays, and the occasional Saturday, as opposed to during the co-curricular period. All students are invited to join.
    Back to Top


    Movie Club

    Inspired by book club (and fight club) our movie club will assign movies to watch outside of school and discus them during the following community time. Given the limited 40 minute period we will dedicate that time to discussion, snacks, and future movie hw nominations.
    Back to Top


    Non Traditional Family Alliance

    In this affinity group students will have a place where they can get all of their feelings out and relate to any issues they are having some at-home issues and can get advice.
    Back to Top


    P.O.C. (Affinity Group)

    P.O.C. provides a safe environment where students of color can support and promote their differences. P.O.C. allows students to be frank and honest without feeling inhibited by the presence of people who don’t share the same identities and experiences. P.O.C. creates a space in the Berkeley Carroll school environment that is underrepresented by people of color. It offers a platform to help students develop a deeper sense of belonging. We strive to create opportunities for P.O.C. and the rest of the BC community to have honest, open conversations by planning periodic meetings during the school year that will be open to the rest of the BC community.
    Back to Top


    Philosophy Club

    In Philosophy club, we will address a wide variety of topics that will prompt deep, intellectual thought. Topics can range from science to society to fictional works of any kind. Other activities include watching videos, reading articles, and member presentations. The main goal of this club is to take normal conversations to a more advanced and detailed level. This club is meant for people who are willing to voice their opinions and also for students who wish to listen and learn new items about philosophy.
    Back to Top


    Politiclub

    Politiclub is a politics oriented, co-curricular. This year the co-curricular would be mostly having discussions on different political climates and examining how they might affect our school environment or the political landscape of our country. Next year we would focus on the mayoral campaigns in our community by registering voters and sending letters to politicians. This club would be meant to make the Berkeley Carroll community more aware of different political occurrences and help kids learn more about politics in general. This club is for kids of any political beliefs who want to get more involved in the political landscape and learn how politics affect their everyday lives.
    Back to Top


    Programming Club

    This co-curricular will explore programming in various languages. Programming ideas are student driven and based upon technologies that the group would like to explore collectively. This co-curricular will explore programming for multiple platforms and operating systems.
    Back to Top


    Psychology Club

    The Psychology Club is made up of students who are interested in human behavior, their own and others', as well as students who may want to study psychology in college or possibly become psychologists in the future. We have guest speakers on a variety of topics, watch movies and TV shows about OCD, therapy, hypnosis, etc., go on field trips, have spirited discussions and laugh a lot. Also, great snacks!
    Back to Top


    Reflections

    REFLECTIONS is the annual magazine of literature and art of The Berkeley Carroll Upper School. Students meet weekly to discuss the magazines high standards, the soliciting of submissions, and their own writing in progress. In February, the editors chair small groups who read and critique anonymous submissions. After the preliminary critiques, the editors choose and edit the final selections and lay out the magazine. The striking artwork and writing in every magazine is all crafted by Berkeley Carroll Upper School students, occasionally to fulfill class assignments but always from the engines of their own creativity.
    Back to Top


    Robotics

    The robotics club meets three times a week (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday) for about three hours. We focus on building vex robots for tournament competitions.
    Back to Top


    Spectrum (Alliance)

    Spectrum is a space for and by students: we wish to create a safe space for students of all genders and sexualities. Spectrum is about confidentiality, open dialogue, advocacy, and snacks. Open to both allies and members of the community, our goal is to create a safe space, and to work towards making the entire school a safer space for LGBTQ+ people.
    Back to Top


    Strength in Numbers

    “Strength in Numbers” is a co-curricular allowing students to select and participate in different service projects. The purpose of this club is to reach out to the other 50% of the world living in either poverty or in circumstances of struggle. Many students are interested in community work and have strong passion to help, but lack initiative and motivation to take action as an individual. This group gives students a chance to come together to make an impactful difference, while increasing their own global understanding through interaction and hands on work.
    Back to Top


    The Science of Hitting in Baseball

    We will study the game of baseball and look at the mechanics of the game from a hitting and pitching perspective.
    Back to Top


    Yearbook

    Yearbook creatively captures the year's events, programs and high points at BCS. The book includes the arts, academics and sports as well as faculty, staff and students throughout the school. The book includes students from Pre-K through 12th grade, with a special section devoted to Seniors. If you like to take pictures, write, design, edit, or do business feel free to join yearbook.
    Back to Top