Realize your passions.
Upper School extracurricular activities include a broad range of clubs that meet during lunch periods and after school. Students are encouraged to make a serious commitment to the groups they join and to work toward positions of leadership. Each student must review her clubs and athletic programs with her advisor to ensure a healthy level of participation - neither over-extended or under-involved. For specific information about activities, please click on the links to the right.

CSC Initiative

Individual clubs volunteer to lead lunchtime discussions on important, local, national, and international issues which are relevant to their group. These seminars are in line with Marymount’s mission to shape young women prepared to challenge, shape, and change (CSC) the world. Each club researches a topic, phrases questions for discussion, and suggests plans of action. For example, W.O.W. led a discussion to raise awareness about violence against women and the Drama Club entertained audiences with an improv CSC. Other topics have included hunger in America, human trafficking, women in film, and racist or sexist language in music.

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  • Affinity Groups

    Marymount offers many student-led affinity groups, including Asian Cultures Club, Black Girls Rock, Gaelic Society, La Mesa Latina y Luso-Hispana, and PRISM. See this link for more information.
  • Business & Finance Club

    Business and finance club provides members with the tools to make informed analyses when observing global economies and also teaches key finance skills that will carry into adulthood.
  • American Meteorological Society

    Students in the senior elective, Atmospheric Science, comprise the membership of the Marymount School of New York Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. The chapter is sanctioned by the AMS. The chapter provides weekly weather forecasts for the Marymount community and also actively participates in public affairs and activities relating to the promotion and advancement of the atmospheric sciences in the school community and beyond.
  • Art Club

    The Art Club appeals to students who want to work with concepts in art and with various art materials outside of the normal class time. At the beginning of each semester, club members offer suggestions for projects. Activities are then chosen by consensus. Students explore a variety of mediums and techniques to meet the goals of each project. One activity each year is dedicated to fundraising for the RSHM school in Zimbabwe.
  • Athletic Committee

    The Athletic Committee assists with the organization of athletic activities that enhance school spirit and encourage support for team events. Members of the committee organize special events such athletic award ceremonies, the ski trip, and field day.
  • Book Club

    Avid and voracious readers are welcome to gather and share their love of books by discussing works of fiction and non-fiction chosen purely for “leisure reading.” The selections are mutually agreed upon by the members and moderator.
  • CAMBIAS

    CAMBIAS, the cultural awareness club, holds meetings which center on discussions about social identifiers such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and economic class. The club celebrates diversity by highlighting different issues throughout the year. Club members have opportunities to attend diversity conferences in New York and nationally to network with students from other schools. Members educate the school community about the issues involved in multiculturalism and diversity through CSC discussions and major events like “Harambee: A Celebration of Black History Month” and, in alternate years, “Bias Awareness Day.”
  • Campus Ministry

    There are three components to Campus Ministry: Service Programs, Liturgical Ministers, and the Retreat Team.

    Service Programs

    All Upper School students are encouraged to be involved in Campus Ministry’s service programs. These activities work to create an awareness of and response to social needs in our community and in the world, including homelessness, hunger, poverty, and human rights. Our commitment to the ministries of the RSHM in Zimbabwe receives special emphasis. Members sponsor assemblies, conduct food and gift drives, and plan fundraising activities. Discussions and planning meetings are held weekly.

    Liturgical Ministers

    Campus Ministry students serve as the Liturgical Ministers at all School Masses and Upper School liturgies. Their roles include lectors, procession ministers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, and Ministers of Hospitality.

    Retreat Team

    Open to students in Classes X through XII, by application, the Retreat Team serves in a peer leadership position, developing and leading all Class retreats and days of reflection. Retreat Team leaders assume such critical and significant roles as small group facilitator, homilist, confidant, and role model. Retreat Team leaders must be members of Campus Ministry and attend a Retreat Team training weekend in September led by the Retreat Coordinator and members of the Religious Studies Department.
  • Chamber Ensemble

    In Chamber Ensemble, students will have the opportunity to play Classical Music in a small ensemble. This ensemble accompanies the Marymount Singers in Masses and other school events. The Chamber Ensemble will also perform at the Instrumental Music Concert in the spring. The Ensemble is open to students who play either strings or woodwinds.
  • Civil Conversations Club

    The Civil Conversations Club provides an open space for all students to improve their conversational skills and learn to speak more eloquently about the ideas they wish to convey through discussions of current events and any other issues in the school or world people wish to talk about. The primary goal of the club is to work on making the members more articulate speakers in order to civilly and productively engage with those who have ideas different from their own. 
  • C.O.D.E.

    C.O.D.E. is the Upper School Coding and Programming Club. Club members learn how to code in HTML5 and XCode, and how to develop websites, apps, programs, games, and more. Members also organize tours of technology companies; hear from guest speakers to learn about careers in computer science; and organize school-wide and parents’ programming events. C.O.D.E. members also interact with a string network of global members and volunteers.
  • DIY/Fashion Design Club

    In DIY/Fashion Design Club, students have the chance to express their creativity in a stress-free environment, engaging in hands-on activities and group trend discussions. This club focuses on two major topics: Fashion and DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. Members will have the opportunity to share and creatively express their appreciation of the fashion industry and see their DIY project ideas come to life. One DIY project/auction each year is dedicated to fundraising for our RSHM sister school in Zimbabwe. Easy access to the Met Museum and its exhibits allows students to analyze and predict trends that are relevant. This club teaches essential fashion production skills such as sewing, sketching, and more in the resourceful and versatile IDEA Llab. Throughout the year, guest speakers will drop by to share their experiences that go hand-in-hand with the world of fashion and design.
  • Drama Club

    The Drama Club explores various aspects of theatre, holding workshops on improvisation, writing plays, scene study, voice, movement, and directing. With insight gained from guest speakers from the world of theater, members perform scenes during and outside of club time. Drama Club also assists the Set Design and Tech Club with the fall play and spring musical and support their classmates in the English-Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Competition. The Drama Club also organizes and runs the Arts Assembly in the early spring that provides an opportunity for students to showcase their talents.
  • EnviSci Club

    The EnviSci club has two major areas of emphasis. The first is having fun with science. Working in pairs, club members develop chemical or physics activities to share with younger students. They also serve as student aides for some Lower School science classes. The second focus is on education and action strategies addressing such environmental issues as global warming, the destruction of rain forests, the plight of endangered species, and recycling. In the spring, the club hosts a speaker at the annual “Women In Science” luncheon and may host an assembly speaker in the field of science. Current issues in science and the environment are discussed in weekly meetings.
  • French Club

    In the French Club, students share their interest in French culture through the discovery of movies, music, fashion, culinary specialties, politics, art, literature, and famous places. They discuss the diverse aspects of the French culture around the world and explore differences between nations and ways of life. Members of the club decide on a subject to discuss at each meeting and promote French culture at school events.
  • Givers Who Glitter

    Polish with a purpose: learn and practice fantastic nail painting techniques with the goal of spreading joy by doing manicures as a form of community service. 
  • Global Awareness

    Global Awareness works to increase awareness of human rights abuses worldwide and to take action to stop those abuses. Club members meet to discuss current violations of human rights and to take targeted action, such as letter-writing campaigns and petitions. The club also informs the rest of the school community of current situations through posters, email, and assembly announcements.
  • Health & Wellness Club

    The Student Health and Wellness Club focuses on improving the mental health and wellness of the student community. Club sessions will feature stress relieving techniques such as yoga, meditation, and having a quiet space!
  • Instrumental Club

    The Instrumental Club meets every week. Students in the club choose the repertoire to be performed and arranged according to the instruments in the ensemble. Club members perform mostly pop and rock music. The Club performs twice a year, at the Christmas Assembly and during Arts Week.
  • Joritan: the Newspaper

    Students who are interested in serving as reporters, feature writers, sports writers, proofreaders, artists, layout designers (both paper and digital), photographers, entertainment critics, and creative writers are welcome to join the Joritan staff. Editors and staff meet weekly, but more frequent meetings are necessary near publication dates.
  • Latin Club

    Latin Club is an organization where students who are interested in the classics can explore the vast and wondrous aspects of the ancient world. From reading myths to speaking Latin, from watching movies to hosting Roman banquets, from performing skits to preserving awareness of ancient traditions, Latin Club covers it all! Students do not need to know Latin and are also eligible to join the National Junior Classical League.
  • Marifia: the Yearbook

    Yearbook editors and staff create, design, write, photograph, and produce the Marifia yearbook, learning the complete desktop publishing process from concept to electronic submission, using a variety of software platforms. Staff meetings are after-school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and additional Saturday or evening work sessions may be needed. Marifia is a demanding club, which offers a highly rewarding collaborative experience that results in a substantial publication celebrating not only the graduating class, but the school community as a whole. 
  • Marymount Singers

    Students may audition for Marymount Singers each September. This activity is for those interested in singing both sacred and secular music, including classical and popular repertoire. Students learn music notation and sight-reading. The Marymount Singers perform frequently at liturgical services and at other school and community events. There is a formal concert each semester, and the Singers go on a concert tour over spring vacation, which often includes performing at our Marymount sister schools abroad. Click here to see the Singers perform!
  • Mathletes

    Open to students in Classes IX-XII. Enrollment is for the year. Mathletes is comprised of individuals who have a passion for mathematics, and offers a welcoming environment where students can work on any math problems they need help with or just want to improve on. The Mathletes participate in local, national, and even international mathematics competitions. The team belongs to the New York City Interscholastic Math League and competes in several tournaments each semester.
  • Met Club

    The Met Club allows students the opportunity to explore the galleries of the Met on Friday afternoons, take advantage of museum programs and special exhibits, and learn more about art or museum-related careers and internships. Interested students can also help design and lead tours for Marymount students and alumnae. Met Club members meet and have lunch together once a rotation to discuss special exhibits on view, learn about select artists, plan museum visits, meet with guest speakers, and work on creative projects intended to involve the whole Marymount community.
  • Mock Trial

    Students in Mock Trial develop a deeper understanding of the American trial system by performing structured role-plays in criminal and civil cases. Students in the club, as well as students on the team, gain a basic knowledge of an attorney's responsibilities and of court procedures. They select a case and prepare it from both the prosecution/plaintiff and defense positions, and play the roles of witnesses and attorneys. Students in the Mock Trial club have the opportunity to compete in scrimmages with local schools. Students on the Mock Trial team present a trial case assigned by the New York State Bar Association at the city-wide Mock Trial Tournament sponsored by the Justice Resource Center, which includes approximately one hundred private and public schools in New York City. The club meets once per week throughout the year. Students on the team have additional practice meetings beginning in January, including a weekday evening and on weekends during the competition season in the spring semester.
  • Model UN

    Members of Model UN gain knowledge of international affairs and develop an understanding of the need for diplomacy in the relations among nations. Weekly meetings in preparation for the Model United Nations Conferences focus on the examination of contemporary issues and on simulations of United Nations’ meetings. Participation in these conferences affords students the opportunity to prepare resolutions, to confer with delegates from other nations, and to represent the views and policies of their assigned nation. Club members are expected to devote adequate time to independent research. New members are encouraged to attend the conferences, and all returning members are required to attend both conferences.
  • Muse: Literary Arts Journal

    The Muse is a literary arts journal that includes poetry, fiction, memoir, art work, and photography. Staff members meet weekly to create, critique, and evaluate written work, photography, and art work for possible publication in The Muse. The editorial board takes the lead in planning weekly staff meetings. All students are expected to participate actively in the creation and evaluation of submissions and to assist in planning the spring printing of The Muse. Staff members learn InDesign, use Photoshop, and assist with the layout of the publication in preparation for printing.
  • NHS

    Open to students in Classes XI and XII. Students are selected for membership on the basis of exemplary scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students must achieve an overall 3.7 grade point average to be considered for membership in the society. The NHS meets quarterly, conducts the School's Peer Tutoring Program, and supervises Study Center once a week. NHS members promote awareness about worthy local, national, and global issues and sponsor fundraisers and discussions.
  • PALs

    Open to students in Classes XI and XII. The Peer Assistance Leader (PAL) program trains twelve students, six each from Classes XI and XII, to be discussion facilitators and peer leaders for groups of Class IX students. Students interested in becoming a PAL complete an application process that includes an essay, a letter of recommendation from the advisor, and an interview. PALs, who make a two-year commitment to serve as leaders, must comply with all school regulations and adhere to the PAL Code of Ethics. PALs usually meet once a week with faculty mentors for training sessions to address specific topics and to practice group facilitation techniques. In pairs, one PAL from Class XI and one from Class XII, meet with groups of eight to ten Class IX students approximately ten times during the year. Possible topics for discussion are: stress, body image, teen safety, sexuality, conflict resolution, relationships, racism, and drugs and alcohol.
  • Photography Club

    In Photography Club, students will explore different methods of photography with digital, film, Polaroid, and iPhone cameras through projects utilizing PhotoShop, mixed media, and more. From students who just have fun taking photos to ones who want to build their portfolio, all levels are welcome!
  • Politics & Philosophy Club

    The club meets weekly to discuss either current political events (both domestic and international) or topics in philosophy. Recent topics have included the Presidential election and debates, the Defense of Marriage Act, and taxation policy. Meetings in the second semester will be devoted to discussion of philosophical topics, based on readings chosen by students.
  • Rhyme & Reason

    Marymount’s creative writing club, Rhyme and Reason, encourages young writers to share their imagination through prose, poetry, and short stories. Working closely with peers and club leaders, our members are grounded in the fundamentals of creative writing as they write, edit, and submit their best work for publication. Whether through quick free-writes or elaborate epics, here the passion for writing can flourish.
  • School Service

    The School Service club is led by four officers (President, Vice President, and two Coordinators) who are chosen for their contributions to the club after two years of commitment. The club leaders recruit and assign members to a service activity that their schedules can accommodate. Service opportunities are available in all divisions of the School. Possible assignments include working in the library or art rooms, tutoring, assisting administrative support staff, and helping supervise lunch in the Lower School.
  • Science Olympiad

    The Science Olympiad Club competes against other New York City schools at the Local Division Science Olympiad competition. Students prepare for events in a myriad of subject areas including chemistry, physics, geology, biology, engineering, forensics, and astronomy. Students research, explore, and compile information on subjects like the Fermi Question, Remote Sensing, Disease Detective, Forestry, Rocks and Minerals. They design and perform experiments, and construct vehicles and equipment (such as the Elastic Launched Glider, MagLev, and Robot Arm).
  • Social Events Committee

    The Social Events Committee (SEC) is chaired by the Vice President of Student Government and the two elected Vice Presidents of the Social Events Committee who also serve as the school’s Joint Schools Association (JSA) Representatives. The SEC is further composed of two representatives from each Upper School Class. The Social Events Committee is responsible for organizing four dances a year for the Upper School and for providing fundraising support for club events and charities. Two members of the committee are appointed to represent Marymount in the Joint Schools Association. These representatives attend monthly JSA meetings and inform the community about JSA events and initiatives. In the spring, current members of the Social Events Committee elect a new team for the following year.
  • Society of Women Engineers

    Students in Physics and Honors Physics comprise the membership of the SWENext Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. The chapter is sanctioned by the SWE.  SWENext offers Marymount students the opportunity to connect with women engineers and researchers, as well as be actively involved in SWE activities, including the SWE National Conference and SWE Engineering Scholar Webinars.
  • The Stitchuation Knitting Club

    Students in the Stitchuation Knitting Club meet each cycle to learn new knitting and crocheting skills. Members of the club collaborate on charitable projects like knitting hats for the homeless in New York City and teddybears for an orphanage in Haiti.
  • Student Government

    The responsibility for Student Government rests with the five elected school officers (President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary) and two elected representatives from each Class. The officers and the representatives for Classes X, XI, and XII are elected in April or May for the coming year. Elections for Class IX are held during the first half of the fall semester. The group meets weekly to debate, discuss, and plan many aspects of school life, to coordinate upcoming projects and fundraisers for Zimbabwe, and to present proposals to the administration on behalf of the student body. 
  • Student Technology Leadership Team

    Open to students in Classes X through XII. The Student Technology Leadership Team (STLT) helps support technology as an effective learning tool at Marymount by creating partnerships among students, faculty, administration, and parents. The STLT works with the Technology Department on a variety of issues including: discussing the use of technology tools for teaching and learning; testing and providing feedback on hardware and software; suggesting innovative technology tools (hardware and software) that faculty and students may want to try in the classroom; troubleshooting typical classroom problems; and training students to use software and hardware through informal training.
  • Thursday Tutoring

    Thursday Tutoring is an after-school club that offers UMS and US students the opportunity to help younger children from PS 198. Marymount students are paired with a student who is in 1st to 5th grade. They assist these students with their homework, reinforcing their reading skills, and practicing supplementary skills with them as designated by their teachers. Each volunteer must sign a contract and commit to a weekly Thursday commitment from 3:00-4:00 p.mThursday Tutoring is offered by semester, although volunteers may join for the entire school year.
  • Upper School Mentors Club

    The Upper School Mentors Club fosters meaningful relationships between older students and younger students in our community. With the Lower School, students work in classrooms, assisting with both everyday activities and special events and creating opportunities for role modeling. With the Upper Middle School, students engage in co-ed team-building activities and discussions, reducing peer pressure, and creating an atmosphere of confidence.
  • Women in Our World

    W.O.W. endeavors to empower girls by encouraging them to view education, advertising, politics, careers, popular culture, sports, and more through the lens of gender. The club seeks to raise awareness of inequality towards women, particularly internationally, and to recognize our common sisterhood. Weekly meetings tackle discussions ranging from “toys for girls” to female body image, and the club hosts annual CSCs to help the larger student body become involved in issues that affect all women.