Upper School

Activities & Clubs

Upper School Activities and Organizations

In seeking an activity to balance their academic work, Brearley students may choose from among more than thirty clubs and committees. There are options ranging from groups whose focus is worldwide—community service, environmental issues or human rights, for example—to committees that explore diversity and ethnicity in the School or local community.  Students may opt for more artistic activities in the areas of photography, music, film, dramatic productions and studio art. If they are interested in public policy and government, they may choose to participate in Model U.N. and Model Congress programs; those interested in quantitative reasoning or science and engineering may join clubs devoted to math, cryptography or robotics.
Upper School students can choose to participate in a wide variety of both School and student-led initiatives.
School Sponsored
Description
Advisor
Meeting Time
Self-Government
(elected position)
This Association aims to develop in each individual a sense of responsibility for herself and a sense of fellowship and cooperation with others. It represents the interests of the student body in discussions with the faculty and administration about many matters of school life.
Ms. Segal
Day 3
7:30 am
Athletic Association
(elected position)
The Athletic Association works closely with members of the Physical Education Department to organize school-wide events (Homecoming, Mountain Day, Winter Carnival, Spring Fling and Field Day) as well as the intramural games between the two school teams, Reds and Whites. In addition, the AA may help to plan other athletic events, depending on the interests of the student body. 
Ms. King;
Ms. Marchese
As assigned
Actor’s Collective
(drop-in and open to all US students)
The Actor’s Collective is an initiative by the Brearley Drama Department to create a more cohesive community of actors on B-Deck. It will give active members of B-Deck (who focus on acting rather than tech) a place to share ideas and hold leadership. The co-heads will work with the Tech Heads to strengthen B-Deck as a community of people working on shows together.  
Mr. Baldwin
Meetings as assigned
B-Nats
(audition only)
The B-Naturals are Brearley's a cappella group. They perform over 20 times a year all over the city.
Ms. Joaquino
Day 3
10:15-11:05
Beaver
Students in Class XI edit and staff the school literary magazine, published twice a year. Stories, poems, drawings and photographs are submitted to the staff by students in Classes V–XII; the staff selects submissions to be published, edits them as necessary and lays out the copy using desktop publishing software. 
Ms. Von Huetz; Mr. Vernon Jones
Day 6
10:15-11:05
Chorus
Upper School Chorus, open to all students in Classes IX–XII without audition, meets twice weekly to prepare a varied repertoire and performs at school concerts and assemblies, as well as in joint concerts with boys’ schools.
Mr. Brady
Day 5 10:15-11:05
Thur 3:15-5:15
Diversity Club
 Diversity Club encourages open, non-judgmental dialogue about social justice, identity and intersectionality in the Brearley community and the world at large. Every meeting is open to all Brearley Upper Schoolers, regardless of club membership, to continue building a more inclusive community.
Mr. Sanchez
Day 3
10:15-11:05
Model UN
(application only)
Model UN simulates the United Nations in discussions and debates on the most pressing international relations issues facing today’s world, ranging from climate change to nuclear non-proliferation to the crisis in Syria. At conferences, you’ll represent your nation’s interests and work to reach agreements with other countries to tackle these global concerns.
Dr. Wright; Ms. Gordon
Day 1
10:15-11:05
 
Math Team
Also known as “The Mathletes,” this club offers mathematics enrichment, promoting excitement, enthusiasm and interest in mathematical topics and programs. The Math Team will use weekly meetings to prepare members for monthly regional mail- in competitions as well as Interschool events such as the Math Bowl. 
Ms. Glick
Day 6
10:15-11:05
 
Model Congress
(application only)
 
 
Learn about policy and politics while practicing public speaking skills in mock Congressional committees that focus on topics such as the military, education and technology. Debate a wide range of issues from different viewpoints, and explore policy areas you’re passionate about or discover a new one as you write bills to debate at several day-long conferences in NYC and a four-day national conference in Washington, DC.
Dr. Swett; Ms. Mendelson
Day 1
10:15-11:05
 
Orchestra
Instrumentalists may participate in the Upper School Orchestra, which rehearses twice weekly and performs in concerts at the School throughout the year. 
Mr. Aiken
Day 5 10:15-11:05
Thur 3:15-5:15
Robotics
Its purpose is to provide students who are interested in science and technology the opportunity to design and build a robot, with the goal of participating in a national competition. 
Mr. Karb
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 3:15-5:15 pm (members attend two out of the three days)
Slide Show 
 The Slide Show is a compilation of photographs and video documenting the Upper School athletic program, including teams and major school functions like Mountain Day and Field Day. The show is produced as a gift to the graduating seniors and is presented at the Athletic Association Banquet and Assembly.
Mr. Pomerantz
 Meetings as assigned
Tech 
 The Tech Club is composed of students who do all of the technical work for Brearley’s staged productions. Tech work includes stage managing, building sets, running lights and sound, organizing props and making costumes.
Mr. Duke
Meetings as assigned
Tour Guides
Brearley students in Classes X–XII can provide a service to their school by being a student Tour Guide. They work with the Office of Admission by conducting tours for applicants for Classes VI–XII who have been invited to visit Brearley. Guides are usually the first members of the Brearley community to meet and spend time with prospective students, and they play a key role in creating initial impressions of the School. 
Ms. Cassis
Tours as assigned
Yearbook
Organized around a theme chosen by Class XII, the yearbook has sections devoted to every major division and activity of the School but focuses on the senior class. It contains some written features, many photographs and much artwork, all of which are produced and laid out by the staff.
Mr. Byrnes
Fridays 3:30 pm
Zephyr
 Students in Classes XI and XII edit and staff the school newspaper, published five or six times yearly. Most of the articles are written, edited and produced by students in Classes XI and XII, who prepare the copy on the School’s desktop publishing software. During the year, members of Classes IX and X begin learning how to write and edit articles.
Mr. March
 Day 6 (every other cycle) 10:15-11:05


Clubs
Description
Advisor
Meeting Time
Art Club
A relaxing, low-commitment club in which students can do art projects that might be difficult to do at home.
Ms. Javens
Day 6
10:15-11:05
Every other cycle
Asian Awareness
Asian Awareness is a safe space to reach a greater understanding of and learn more about the AAPI identity and its position in contemporary conversations. We discuss issues and phenomena relevant to the AAPI identity, and organize an annual festival and speaking events with AAPI activists.
Ms. Marcus
Day 3
10:15-11:05
BEAC
 The Brearley Environmental Action Committee (BEAC) is a club dedicated to raising awareness within the Brearley community about issues of climate change and sustainability. BEAC discusses the many ways in which these issues manifest themselves at Brearley and in the wider world and organizes events in order to support environmental organizations.
Dr. Seminara
Day 1 10:15-11:05
Business and Financial Awareness
BFA increases awareness of business and financial topics in the Brearley community through fun and informative activities and discussions. The club’s activities usually include business plan creation activities and speakers from outside the School, as well as participation in the Stock Market Game (a virtual investing competition between school groups in the region). We discuss a wide variety of topics, such as current events in the business world, personal finance, and social enterprises and ethics in business. BFA requires no previous knowledge of business or finance, only an enthusiasm to learn and try new things!
Ms. Gordon
Day 3 10:15-11:05
Classics
The Classics Club encourages students to continue their interest in the language and culture of ancient Rome and Greece outside of the classroom. We participate in several Certamina (Latin “Jeopardy”) with other schools in the city and we host our own Certamen. We also organize outings to the theater, movies and museums. In our meetings we practice for Certamina and members present on myths or historical events that interest them. Meetings are held every other week during the school day, but special events may take place after school or on the weekends. 
Dr. Lannom
Day 3 10:15-11:05
Creative Writing
To summarize, here is a haiku:
Creative Writing/ Club: come to read, write, and workshop!/ We have the best words.
Mr. Koh
Day 6 10:15-11:05
Computer Science
Join Computer Science Club to learn about new concepts in tech, hear from speakers in the field, build individual and group projects, and discuss all things computer science and programming. No prior coding experience is necessary.
Mr. Paranya
Day 1
10:15-11:05
Debate
The Debate Team competes in the Urban Debate League in the Public Forum Style. We debate topics that are relevant to today! We encourage all students, regardless of past experience, to apply.
Mr. Meyer
Day 6
10:15-11:05
ELLA
Ella is the Spanish word for “she”’ or “her.” Members of ELLA are committed to celebrating Spanish culture within the Brearley community. ELLA’s mission is to explore the various Latina and Hispanic experiences in New York City, the United States and globally, through discussions about politics, media representation and celebration of Latina Holiday Festivities and Traditions.
Sra Rivera-Rivera
Day 6 10:15-11:05
Comedy Club
If you love to laugh, you'll love Brearley's new Comedy Club. Take a break from your academics every Friday and play fun improv games and help write and perform a Saturday Night Live-style show right here at Brearley. Whether you want to learn about stand-up, improv or sketch comedy or just want to have a goof, join Comedy Club!
Mr. Baldwin
Day 6 10:15-11:05
Q&A
Q&A (Queer and Allies) welcomes all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, to have weekly discussions about and fundraise for topics relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. 
Dr. Wolf
Day 6 10:15-11:05
Global Girls
Global Girls is a club devoted to promoting global gender equality through discussions, fundraising and internationally micro financing women's business and education endeavors. We discuss modern feminism and sexism and engage in activism to benefit women worldwide.
Mme. Lucile
Day 1 10:15-11:05
 
Mock Trial
Mock Trial is a simulation of a real trial in a civil or criminal case, where students can learn about the legal system through games, videos, friendly competition with peers, and inter-school scrimmages. Mock Trial is a space for members to freely express their views on a range of case-related topics and seeks to hone listening, speaking and analytical skills of students.
 
Mr. Meyer
Day 3
10:15-11:05
Political Awareness
Political Awareness brings students together to discuss current political events and issues, and strives to do so with an accepting, bipartisan approach. 
Dr. Isaacson
Day 3
10:15-11:05
Science Club
Through science-related discussions, demonstrations and activities, Science Club provides an opportunity for anyone interested in the field of science to explore a variety of topics. We strive to create u a space for the appreciation of all things science, from current research to its impact on our daily lives.
Dr. Saunders
Day 6 10:15-11:05
Summer Heart
Summer Heart is an organization that raises money to send children from the Exodus House Program at the East Harlem School to Brearley’s day camp, Summer Start.  
Ms. Lyons
No meetings, only bake sales
Umoja
Umoja is a safe space for black students to discuss black culture, black excellence, the black diaspora and the issues within and outside of  the black community.
Dr. Huelett, Ms. Lyons, Ms. King
Day 6
10:15-11:05
Service Committee
Service Committee is a club which seeks to provide opportunities for Brearley students to participate in existing service opportunities within our community, as well as pioneer new service projects in coordination with the larger New York City community.
Ms. Dillon and Ms. Hosein
Day 3
10:15-11:05
Student Events Association
A committee of student leaders dedicated to supporting and informing all initiatives related to Student Life. We seek students who would like to  plan school-wide events and develop strong leadership skills and the ability to advocate on behalf of the student body.
Ms. Kramer and Ms. Hosein
Bi-monthly at 7:40 am
Medical Science
In Medical Science CIO, we aim to educate our members on medicine through games, simulations and videos. We often have guest speakers from the medical field come in to teach the group about working in medicine as well as practical skills.
Ms. Nedbal
Day 6
10:15-11:05
Middle Eastern Culture and Current Affairs (MECCA)
MECCA is a CIO dedicated to discussing Middle Eastern culture and current affairs (hence the acronym). MECCA is a fun, low-pressure environment to learn about a fascinating and complex region of the world, and to engage in dialogue about important Middle Eastern issues. No prior knowledge is required, and we invite anyone interested in foreign affairs, politics or hummus to join us!
Ms. Hosein
Day 6
10:15-11:05
Every other cycle
French CIO
French CIO explores French culture and improves conversational skills, accents, reading and writing through fun activities such as pop music, games, radio, TV, films, magazines and debates. French CIO welcomes both French speakers and non-French speakers (we alternate between meetings focused on French language and meetings focused on French culture).
Ms. Cotlove
Day 6
10:15-11:05
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