This group works to improve the community of George School by offering spiritual support to members and developing activities to further George School as a Quaker community.
Clubs & Organizations
George School students are a diverse bunch, but they also have a lot in common. They’re active, engaged, collaborative, and community-centric. No surprise that they get involved in so many clubs and leadership roles, throwing their hands into wet clay, their bodies into step routines, and their hearts and minds into whatever gets them excited.
If you have a hobby, an interest, a burning passion, chances are that other students share it. There are longtime groups focused on cultural interests, global issues, music and art, and just plain fun stuff. If there isn’t a club for something you love, why not start one? New groups form every year. Here are just a few of our current clubs.
This group publishes a literary magazine each year, which promotes the fields of literature and the arts within the community.
Art for Relief
This club organizes a night of art events to raise money for charitable organizations. The annual event features local artists as well as student and faculty work, and includes a silent art auction and performance.
This group shares eastern and Chinese culture through activities that promote community awareness of Chinese philosophy, geography, history, arts, and current events.
Once a week, the ceramics studio is open from 6:00 to 7:20 p.m. for any student who wants to learn and work with clay.
Curious George is George School’s student magazine.
Goldfish ’n Java
This group displays the performance talents of students and various guests in a variety of live music performances each year, ranging from intimate coffeehouse settings to outdoor concerts.
Junior State of America (JSA)
JSA is a national, student-run organization that sponsors model U.S. Congress sessions and debates on current events. Our members meet weekly and attend several local and regional debates and conventions each year.
Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
LASO provides support for students of Hispanic descent and gives all students the opportunity to explore the rich culture of Spanish-speaking countries.
Model United Nations (MUN)
MUN is open to students interested in the United Nations and the global community. MUN members attend simulated UN conferences at universities where research, debate, and speaking skills are used.
Open Doors is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered students, and their straight allies. Open Doors supports students and their families while raising awareness of relevant issues within the school community.
R&B Step Team
This is a step/dance group that rehearses regularly in preparation for an annual show. Step—a form of dance that uses the body, hands, feet, and chants to create a powerful rhythmic sound—originated in South African coal mines.
George School participates with the Bucks County Reading Olympics, a program that inspires students to read from a list of forty-five books and then participate in a friendly competition that challenges the team to correctly answer questions about the books.
Tabletop Club is a group that meets regularly to play board games and role-playing games.
UMOJA is the Swahili word for unity. This George School club is an affinity space for descendants of Africa and the African Diaspora. Members meet regularly to share, learn and celebrate their identities. Additionally, this space is dedicated to fostering conversation and action about political and social struggles within the black community. The experience of being black at George School and in the world is often a focus of conversation and activities. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend because in addition to being an affinity space, this group educates the George School community about the culture, heritage, and present day ethnicity of the descendants of Africa.
Women’s Issues Now (WIN)
WIN is a group of both sexes that was formed to educate members of the George School community on women’s issues so they leave George School knowing more about the realities of being a woman than they did when they arrived on campus.
Student Leadership Positions & Groups
In addition to joining, and potentially leading, campus groups, you can apply for leadership positions. Become a prefect or peer counselor to mentor fellow students. Serve on Student Council, the Discipline Committee, or even the Board of Trustees to work with others for the good of the school. These roles come with plenty of responsibility, but if you’re a “typical” George School student, you’ll be down with it while living up to it.
Discipline Committee (DC)
Six students and three faculty members are selected to serve on the school’s Discipline Committee. Deans, students’ advisors, dorm staff members, day student sponsors, and prefects join them in a three-step process on disciplinary responses to students who break major school rules. Students should expect to be removed from the DC for violating confidentiality.
Drug and Alcohol Coordinating Committee (DACC)
The Drug and Alcohol Coordinating Committee (DACC) is comprised of an equal number of students and adults representing different constituent groups in the school community. The purpose of DACC is:
- To review drug and alcohol issues
- To recommend policy to the faculty for consideration (DACC does not make policy)
- To recommend and assist in coordinating additional educational programs for different groups in the community, including students, faculty, and parents.
One parent representative from the Parents Association attends about four Drug and Alcohol Coordinating Committee meetings a year.
Environmental Stewardship Steering Committee (ESSC)
Guided by Quaker beliefs in stewardship, simplicity, and social justice, George School commits itself to awakening all members of our community to the wonder of the natural world and to our shared responsibility to care for it well. Such are the aims of the Environmental Stewardship Steering Committee. To provide support in the accomplishment of its mission, the ESSC has created seven student leadership positions, two of which are filled by student council members. ESSC student leaders attend ESSC meetings on a regular basis, serve as liaisons between the committee and student groups, assist in the generation of actionable ideas, and help coordinate and carry out committee goals. In addition, ESSC student leaders are expected to act as role models to others in regards to issues of environmental sustainability, letting their lives speak to the importance of developing habits of living that show regard for the natural world in which we all live.
George School Board of Trustees
The school, which is under the spiritual care of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, is overseen by the George School Board of Trustees, a group of appointed Quakers, alumni, parents, and friends of the school. In addition to the appointed members of the Board of Trustees, two students and two faculty representatives serve on the board.
Peer Group Leaders
Peer Groups, which meet in conjunction with the Essentials of a Friends Community course taken by all freshmen and new sophomores in the fall term, help new students adjust to George School and to the pressures of high school. Faculty and specially selected juniors and seniors lead each group.
Every other week Peer Group leaders run group activities designed to help new students adjust to George School. In the alternate weeks they assist their groups with school service in the kitchen.
As senior prefects, students give leadership and support to their peers. Dorm staff members and day student faculty sponsors select prefects for their maturity and their perceived ability to handle the academic and social demands of the senior year at George School. Two prefects live on each hall of every major dorm; day student prefects are based in Marshall Center. All prefects attend in-depth training sessions beginning in the spring of their junior year. Because prefects, like all student leaders, are expected to model positive, rule-abiding, and respectful behavior for other students on campus, prefects who violate a major school rule are generally removed from their prefect position.
Student Activities Board
The Student Activities Board is a group of students who have been selected to help create wonderful weekend activities for all boarding and day students. They must be aware of activities in and around the campus as well as hear the suggestions from the current student body of activities that students would like to do or see happen on weekends. These students will also work closely with the faculty and the deans who are on duty for the weekends to insure that activities go smoothly.
Each week, day and boarding representatives from each class meet with Student Council faculty sponsors to discuss campus concerns. In addition to nominating students to serve on various school committees, Student Council members act as ambassadors between the student community and the George School faculty and staff.
Students Associated for Greater Empathy (SAGE)
Founded by George School students in 1971 and sponsored by two student-selected faculty members, SAGE is a student-run organization of peer counselors who are trained to listen, give support, share information, and make referrals. SAGE encourages students to speak to them on such issues as eating disorders, depression, date rape, addiction, stress management, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), problem-solving, and family matters.
SAGE members are always available to talk. On Friday and Saturday nights, members staff the SAGE Room, a drop-in center located in the basement of Marshall Center near the day student locker room area. SAGE members work closely with the Student Health and Wellness Center staff. Adults, specifically the deans and duty faculty, monitor the SAGE room whenever it is open. SAGE members maintain strict confidentiality, except in situations when good sense, caring, and school policy require immediate referral. SAGE members contact the nurse on duty immediately if a student reports to the SAGE room under the influence of any drug, alcohol, or tobacco substance.