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:
The Asian American Affinity Group - AAA
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. We will also discuss political and social concerns in the US as well as throughout the world. This affinity group is intended for students who identify as Asian or Asian-American. In 2018-19, we planned a movie event, a Dim Sum outing, a BC Talks, and other Holiday festivities. We hope to plan these, as well as new events in the upcoming year.
Black Human Girl - BHG
BHG is a sacred space that centers the experiences and needs of Black girls, women and femmes. We will include current events surrounding those who identify as Black and female, and we would like to highlight and celebrate the positivity that comes with the intersectionality of black girlhood. All faculty, staff, and US students who self identify as black girls/women, are encouraged to join us.
Girls to Women - G2W
Girls 2 Women is an affinity group striving to create a safe space for self-identified girls and women. Those who attend will have the chance to discuss serious (and not so serious) topics with female peers and faculty at our school. We will learn about what it means to be a girl at Berkeley Carroll, and in the greater world. We will have a combination of structured meetings, ones with predetermined discussions and scheduled speakers, and less structured meetings, where students will have the opportunity to share personal stories experiences, thoughts on being a woman in society as a whole, and anything in-between. Throughout the year, G2W will be hosting fundraisers to support women locally and globally. It is important to us as leaders that this group represents intersectional feminism.
Jewish Culture Club - JCC
JCC is a group for students and faculty who identify as Jewish to discuss and take part in Jewish culture. We will be watching movies, discussing shared experiences and current events pertaining to the ethnic group, and eating Jewish foods. We will have some meetings and school-wide activities open to all students and faculty to attend.
Joint Alliance for Diversity Awareness - JADA
JADA provides a secure space for all members of our community who respect, honor and celebrate the wide range of differences in ourselves (aka intersectionality). 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, ability and the like. Our goal is to strive to help raise awareness for diversity in our school’s community, and to hopefully spread this beneficial knowledge to others. For our community to thrive, we must be aware of the experience of each and every individual.
The LatinX affinity group provides a safe space for anyone who identifies as Latinx, both students, and staff of BC, to safely and honestly express themselves. In our group, we spend time discussing many diverse aspects of our identities, such as race, language, religion, media representation, current events, etc. We will be addressing topics concerning latinidad worldwide, nationwide, and locally. Through food, dance, media, and other various activities, we’ll further explore our Latin roots. LatinX will embrace all members and their culture(s) in a positive environment.
Multiracial Affinity Group
The multiracial affinity group is a place of unity for all students who feel that in the past they have not really 'fit in' with just one particular race or ethnicity due to a multiracial background. The aim of this space is to provide a place where people who are often found 'caught between two worlds' to embrace differences and find strength in shared experience.
People of Color - P.O.C.
P.O.C. provides an embracing environment where all students of color can support and promote their differences. P.O.C. allows students to be honest without feeling inhibited by the presence of people who don’t share the same identities and experiences. It offers a platform to help students develop a deeper sense of belonging and community with one another. We hope to highlight the unique diversity in our experiences, cultures and ethnicities.
Spectrum is a space for and by students: we wish to create a safe space for students of all genders and sexualities. Spectrum is also about confidentiality, open dialogue, advocacy, and snacks. Open to both members and allies 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.
Young Men of Color - YMC
Young Men of Color is an affinity group for those members of the BC community who would like to explore and question the intersectionality of their race/ethnicity and gender. We will deeply listen to each other, challenge preconceived notions of race, class, and gender, and build connections with each other and other affinity groups. Please join us for music, life-changing discussions
Sometimes the college process can be stressful, and we are here to act as a community designed around alleviating some of that stress. Have a question about the college process? Want a peer to talk through the stress? Need someone to look over your supplementals? We want to be here to aid in any way possible throughout the process! Talk to a peer or a college counselor, and have your questions answered!
A Capella Club
Ever been around a bonfire, singing tunes, overlapping notes, and relishing in some gorgeous vibrations? Do you ever harmonize to songs under your breath? If so, the a capella club could be the place for you. This co-curricular will provide people who already sing a chance to come together and create lush harmonies in an intimate setting. If you’re already in a choir, this club will give you the opportunity to be in a group where songs are chosen democratically, and where you can add a touch of your own stylistic and creative choices. Musical arrangements will vary from 50’s pop to modern pop tunes, though the options will be as limitless as possible (we may draw the line at Gregorian chants…). Having the intuition for sight-reading is not necessarily a prerequisite for joining, but is recommended. All members should be willing to dedicate a small portion of time outside of club sessions to practice their parts. If you’re interested in creating some beautiful music, join the a capella club!
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.
BCast was founded by two members of the class of 2020, Teddy Friedman and Sol Rey Vashez. The BCast is an attempt to bring members of the Berkeley Carroll community together, and hopefully foster a fun and engaging environment. For team members, BCast seeks to promote student ownership, strength, and creativity.
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 www.bcblotter.com.
If you want these things in life then the chess club is for you. The chess co-curricular is a fun, easygoing, and enlightening environment to learn and improve your chess. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and optional chess lessons are available during the curricular to help you sharpen your chess skills.
The Conspiracy Society
Our goal with conspiracy club is to apply our discussion and research skills to non academic topics like the questions Is Bigfoot real? Is Bigfoot my soulmate? and What’s up with the Denver airport? We are also trying to publish a zine (pretentious edgy magazine) featuring blurbs on topics we’ve covered, art, and cryptid themed quizzes.
Cooking, Food & Culture
Cooking Food & Culture will be a place for students to come together and learn how to cook different types of food from around the world. We will eat food, learn about the history/significance of food, strive to understand the nutrition in food, and, of course, be making food ourselves. Members are completely allowed to design and lead a group meeting and teach the group how to cook something if they would like to; all they need to do is communicate this with the group leaders so it can be allotted a period.
Creative Writing Club
Creative Writing Club will be a relaxed space to express ourselves through fiction and creative non-fiction. We’ll talk about our own writing and spend time using prompts or simply writing what we’d like to write. By the end of the year, each student will have a portfolio of writing samples which they can choose to submit to literary journals, writing contests or keep for themselves.
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.
A club that focuses on spreading awareness of environmental issues and participating in environmental activism. The purpose of the club is also to bring awareness to environmental issues that we as members of the BC community encounter on day to day life. This club will help make Berkeley Carroll identify areas where we can be more sustainable in the school community and in the other areas of your life. In the past we have designed and sold recycled cotton and plastic water bottle sweatshirts, organized clothing swaps and upcycling workshops, participated in environmental community action, and much more. We would like to plan more events this year like community action/service, activism events, educational workshops, and more! We hope you to see you this year in Environmental Club!
In this club students will have a time to work on independent project and learn new skills around the Beta Lab. There could be set days to learn about metalworking, welding, laser cutting, metal casting and 3D printing.
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.
Gaming & Esports Club
This co-curricular would be one where we'd primarily watch esports and gaming events and reflect on it. However, we're very interested in the history of competitive gaming and how it's become such a big industry, and also one of the fastest growing ones. It'll be very fun and primarily people who game a lot(and even competitively) would want to join.
Genshiken is a co-curricular for all those who love anime, manga, or Japanese media to gather and appreciate it together.
Girls Who Code
This co-curricular is for girls who have some interest in coding and want to further their knowledge. You do not need to have any coding experience, just a little interest. This club would be almost fully funded by the Girls Who Code program, complete with a "success specialist" who would ensure that we got everything we needed and all of the coding support we can get. This is a great opportunity to explore the realm of coding--- whether it be learning how to design a website, creating an app, or even learning how to create good UI. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn a little bit more about coding and technology and how women/girls can make an impact in this field.
We will design and build hydroponics systems and learn about how to efficiently grow different plants and crops.
Have you ever thought, "I want to make things up better"? Probably not, but you should come to improv club anyway! We learn basic principles and different forms of improv comedy, and generally have a good time.
In the Investment Club, we will be competing in an in-house investment simulation (paper trading). Each group member will start with $1000,000 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. During meetings, we will discuss investment related concepts and work on redefining investment as an idea. This group is open to all students, and requires no prerequisite knowledge of banking or finance.
Math Team (The Parallel Lions)
Do you want to learn 5 different ways to prove the Cauchy-Schwartz inequality? Are you intrigued by the thought that there is a world in parallel lines must intersect? If so, the Math Team is for you! In Math Team, we will go into depth learning about some weird and wacky topics ranging anywhere from modular congruence, where 1 + 1 + 1 isn’t really 3, to the rearrangement inequality, the ultimate inequality guaranteed to solve any other inequality you choose. We will also participate in a variety of competitions such as the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12), the NYC Interscholastic Math League (NYCIML), Interstellar, the Mandelbrot Competition, the Brearley Math Bowl, and the Brooklyn Math Bowl (originally a one-on-one against Packer but now extended to several other schools!). The Math Team is open to all high school students. There’s a 99.9999... % chance it’ll be fun!
Inspired by book club (and fight club) our movie club will assign movies to watch outside of school and discuss them during the following community time. Given the limited 50 minute period we will dedicate that time to discussion, snacks, and future movie hw nominations.
We will start every session with one general topic written out on the whiteboard. The topic will be either generated from members or from a topic suggestion box that will always be open for ideas. Club members will have discussions about the original topic that will eventually branch out and relate to other ideas which will be discussed. Topics 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.
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 affects their everyday lives. We are going to try to bring in more guest speakers and be more involved in the political world around us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Science of Baseball
We will study the game of baseball and look at the mechanics of the game from a hitting and pitching perspective.
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. Also, 9th graders receive community service credit for the yearbook, and there will be many future leadership opportunities for 10th graders who decide to join.