Clubs offer students the opportunity to discover and learn, demonstrate leadership, connect with students and faculty with common interests, and improve both Solebury and the larger community.
Clubs meet regularly throughout each trimester, creating their own set of priorities and often holding workshops, seminars, field trips, and more.
Many of Solebury School's clubs have formed over the years as a result of student interest. While many clubs have a long history and their own set of traditions, new students inspire fresh ideas every year.
- Adopted Students Group
- American Red Cross Club
- Astronomy Club
- Black Friday
- Book Club
- Debate Club
- Diversity Club
- Hispanic Student Association
- History Club
- Intercultural Student Association
- Model United Nations Group
- Prom Committee
- SEAC - (Solebury's Environmental Action Corps)
- Solebury Snow Sports
- Spanish and French Language Societies
In 2006-07, Solebury School students who have been adopted by their current families began a support group under the faculty direction of Diane Downs, an adoptive parent/sister/aunt. The goal of the club is to help students who have been adopted share their experiences and to provide them with whatever resources and support they might need.
The American Red Cross Club works closely with the local Philadelphia Red Cross unit, where club members participate in Red Cross service projects that impact our community and the world. Student members will discover many new opportunities for self-development and be encouraged to choose activities that will most effectively fulfill the community’s greatest needs. The Red Cross Club is a team effort where we work together to make our communities and the world a better place and where our young people develop leadership skill.
What makes the Astronomy Club so stellar? Have you ever wanted to know why black holes are black? Or why supernovas occur? Have you ever stared into the night sky and wondered what lies beyond human sight into the realm of imagination? The Astronomy Club is the place to get these questions answered.
The goal for the Astronomy Club is to introduce the wonders of the universe to Solebury School students. Thanks to the Solebury parents and faculty members who donated telescopes for the club to use.
Black Friday is an affinity group for African-American students. While we occasionally have open meetings where all students and faculty are welcome, predominantly, our goal is to have a space where we can discuss our experiences and feelings regarding being African-Americans at Solebury and in the United States in general. To promote cultural understanding, and simply to have fun, we organize several assemblies and weekend events throughout the year.
Sharing a good book can make reading it an even better experience. Throughout the year, we will select titles to read. All are welcome to join in on the fun at any time. We’ll give ourselves some time to read (life is busy after all), and then we’ll get together and share our thoughts and insights. While we’re reading though, we’ll share some initial reactions through the online forum we have set up. Happy Reading!
The Solebury Debate Club teaches skills associated with competitive debate and offers opportunities throughout the year to compete at local debate tournaments. The club meets twice a week — one day for research and skill acquisition, the other day for practice debates.
Last year, Debate Club members competed at prestigious debate tournaments at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Students practiced and competed in three styles of debate: Lincoln Douglas (1 vs. 1), Parliamentary Debate (2 vs. 2), and Model Congress (1 vs. a room of other student debaters). The club is currently focused on those three forms of debate, but the skills acquired — including learning to think under pressure and to think critically — broadly apply to other forms of debate as well as academic success in general.
While many other clubs on campus deal with specific areas of diversity, Diversity Club (or D-Club) takes on all aspects of diversity as its mission. Each week’s meeting has a different focus chosen by the club’s presidents. One week might be race, the next gender, and the next socioeconomic issues. In addition to our meetings, we will coordinate several assemblies, movie nights, and other events throughout the school year.
The Hispanic Student Association is a club at Solebury School where Hispanic students and faculty join together to discuss Hispanic culture and identities. The Hispanic Student Association has been involved in discussions that range from understanding one's identity, family history, Hispanic holidays, immigration issues and a variety of other current events impacting today's Latinos. As a group we celebrate and honor cultural traditions with the school at large for holidays such as The Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo.
History Club is composed of students and teachers with a passion for history from all parts of the world, anything from ancient Greece to modern day political issues. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a vast knowledge of history to take part in this club. We’re open to anyone. So, if market crashes and ideological indifferences intrigue you, come check out the History Club!
The Intercultural Student Association, (ISA) is a student-led group that organizes events throughout the year to promote acceptance and respect for cultural differences and to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Solebury student body. Students plan annual events, such as the Moon Festival, Asian New Year Party, Casino night, and various food competitions. All students are welcome to participate and to discover something new!
Politichat is an open discussion group that provides students with a forum to review and discuss the week's events in politics. The group has proved enjoyable both to students who want to better understand what is in the news, and to students who already follow politics and would like to share their interpretation of events.
In true Solebury spirit, our prom is open to all upper school students. Therefore, all upper school students who are interested can be a part of the prom committee. Work includes selecting a venue, choosing a theme, and arranging all the other details to make prom be the special night we all look forward to every year.
SEAC has a dual mission: 1) to encourage conservation right here at Solebury and 2) to promote an awareness of the environmental issues facing the world today and inspire the Solebury community to work to solve them. We bring in speakers and have events on weekends. We are particularly proud to have been the driving force behind the school’s environmental improvements over the last decade including improved recycling policies, the institution of composting in the dining hall, and the creation of a community garden.
Solebury Snow Sports (SSS) is devoted to the promotion and enjoyment of snow-filled recreation. Organized by student leaders and facilitated by winter-loving faculty, SSS ventures into the Poconos approximately every other weekend each winter to enjoy the slopes. We also take one longer snow oriented trip each year. In addition to these trips, SSS also looks to instigate other outdoor winter fun like snowshoeing, snowman crafting, snowball engineering and more.
There are students here who are gay, who are bisexual, who are transgender, who are questioning. Some are “out”, others are not. At our meetings, no one is ever pressured to discuss their own sexuality or personal life. By coming to our meetings, you are not declaring you are gay, straight, or anything in between, you are simply saying you support our agenda. We believe that our presence on campus provides a level of comfort and assurance even for students who are not ready to come out at this point in their lives. Our goals are to make Solebury the safest and most accepting place it can be, to organize fun events for the student body, and to promote activism regarding LGBT issues. To accomplish this, we organize assemblies, gather groups of people to go to off campus events, and sponsor events on weekends and throughout the school year such as the Day of Silence.
The Spanish and French Language Societies are open to all students interested in exploring and celebrating the diverse cultures connected to these languages. The groups work together and individually to host cultural events, discuss current issues, and to promote Solebury's connection to the global community.
The goal of this club will be to create and grow a "makerspace" for the Solebury community.
The concept of this club is to provide a regular time, place, and resources to build projects together, both individually and in teams, which will help us to appreciate the significance of the "STEM" / "STEAM" acronym buzzwords which are widely used today and vaguely understood (as scientists we will make up more acronyms as needed). Planned Spartanbuilder activities involve robotics, applied science and technology, wearable electronics, engineering design, 3D printed stuff, and trips to places that make cool things... All inputs and interest levels are welcome, let's use all of our amazing resources at Solebury and build Spartanbuliders together!