Student Activities and Clubs
Find your footing, expand your mindset, and explore your passions in a club!
Allies (Social Justice Club)
Social Justice Club is a club that discusses the bridges between different diversity topics in the Penn Charter, Philadelphia, and greater American/global community. We also discuss aspects of identity that are not commonly brought to light, and how they affect people who identify in different ways
American Sign Language Club
The American Sign Language Club strives to educate students more about the language of sign. With a performance in mind, the students learn the rich system of verbal inflections, involving grammar and agreement. We also learn fingerspelling and the syntax of words.
To learn about different Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures.
The Art Club exists to foster a creative space for anyone and everyone, regardless of their level of interest in the arts. The group is instructed in various art techniques and skills, including, but not limited to, photography, film, ceramics, painting, drawing, and design, which students can utilize for their ease in other school projects, such as the Capstone.
Asian Student Association (ASA)
The ASA seeks to give the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community a seat at the table at Penn Charter by engaging Penn Charter community along with the communities that surround us. We strive to address issues concerning the AAPI community, learn about our cultures, engage our communities, and understand the perspectives of those around us in relation to our own.
Black Student Union
Explores issues of identity and affinity around race and culture, relevant to students who self-identity as persons of African descent. The group holds discussions around topics in the media, focusing on the ideas of education, celebration and remembrance.
Club members discuss what they're reading at home, what they're reading for school, and whatever is on their mind.
The Penn Charter Business Club is focused on the the following essential question, "How can business be a force for good?" Through the analysis of case studies, discussions around current events, and meeting with guest speakers, the Business Club explores and researches areas of business and is given the opportunity to develop relevant skills in this sector and a mindset of doing well and doing good.
Students gather to play chess, hone skills and test new tactics; no prior experience needed!
Chinese Club is bringing Chinese language and culture to PC with new school traditions and activities for everyone to enjoy. Help us create the first school-wide Chinese New Year celebration, Chinese cooking class, Kung Fu class, holiday snacks, Tai Chi relaxation, art, philosophy, mythology, food tasting, and the Chopstick Olympics!
Penn Charter’s Jewish affinity group — all are welcome!
The Diversity Council brings together clerks and leaders of all the affinity groups to discuss mutual goals and programs, and to offer support and education among peers.
Ethics Bowl Club
The Ethics Bowl Club meets only in the fall. We meet several times a week, after school, to prepare for the Regional Ethics Bowl (part of the National High School Ethics Bowl) competition at Villanova in late November.
Food Security Club
This club supports local organizations alleviating food insecurity in Philadelphia, while gaining a deeper understanding of food insecurity and developing authentic connections with those who have limited food access.
In French Club, members will watch movies, eat French treats, bake French goodies, and hang out at various museums! We will host bake sales, play fun games, and learn a lot about French Culture.
Gender Equality Club
This club meets weekly to discuss topics regarding gender bias/discrimination in the PC community, in our personal lives, and globally. We hope to raise awareness about gender inequality and how it affects both genders and how we as a community can help change the various stigmas regarding gender. The club will intertwine service projects and gender.
Global Awareness (Model UN)
Model United Nations is a club focused on global politics. We meet once a week to discuss recent political events and we also compete as a team in simulations of the United Nations at a few conferences.
The Upper School Green Club is a student-led group that meets weekly and explores a variety of topics relating to environmental stewardship and issues of sustainability. We touch on issues that are both local and global. Students help maintain our campus gardens, participate in local service projects through Friends of the Wissahickon (and other local environmental groups), and going on hikes and getting out in nature! We work to maintain our collective awareness of the school's environmental footprint through our daily campus life.
Latin Club makes all things Roman fun! Join us for trivia games, scavenger hunts, movies and weekly challenges.
The Math Club meets weekly to practice for contests and expand our ability with challenging problems, which is useful for contests as well as for SAT prep and just increasing our brain power. Members will also be encouraged to take the various contests offered at the school (Pa. Math League - PAML, Mandelbrot - a contest similar to the PAML, and the American Math Contest - AME) and could potentially compete in off campus competitions. Students may take the contests without attending the practice sessions.
A safe and open space for Women of Color (Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc.) to have conversations at Penn Charter.
PC Microfinance Club
PC Microfinance educates students about microfinance while selecting and monitoring various investments in South American entrepreneurs. This year the club is also partnering with the QuakeMakers Social Entrepreneurship Club to create a small fund to support the ideas of our Penn Charter social entrepreneurs.
Mindfulness Club provides a space for students to learn how to practice different forms of meditation through listening activities, mindful eating, and silent worship. We will do different activities at each meeting, and talk about how to implement more mindful moments into our everyday lives.
The Mirror is the PC community newspaper, the oldest school newspaper in America. As a member you will pitch article ideas, write articles and learn basic editing skills. In 1777, Penn Charter student Samuel M. Fox published the first school newspaper in America and Europe while British troops occupied the City of Philadelphia and were billeted in his own school building.
In Mock Trial you will participate in a Mock court trial as a witness or attorney. Mock Trial is great for those who want to improve their speaking and writing skills and in general is a great community-building club.
Multiracial Student Association (MSA)
This association will be (but is not limited to) a space to freely discuss topics and issues involving the multiracial population in and outside of the PC community.
Performing Arts Opportunities
Penn Charter has many varied offerings in the Performing Arts that satisfy the 40-hour activity requirement including: Boys A Capella, Girls A Capella, Quakers Dozen, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Quartet, the US Play, the US Musical, and Stage Crew.
Penn Charter Ambassadors Club
As members of the Admissions Ambassadors program, we will have fun, eat well, and engage in mandatory training. The training involves learning what it means to be a 'host" for a prospective Penn Charter student and what it takes to be a representative of the Penn Charter community.
Quake Makers Social Entrepreneurship Club
Quake Makers is dedicated to bringing entrepreneurship to Penn Charter by helping students start their own real companies, make connections with the Philly startup scene, and learn about business in a hands-on way. Every student who starts a company will have the opportunity to pitch that company Shark Tank-style (with less screaming, of course) to a group of panelists made up of venture capitalists, educators, entrepreneurs and other interesting people at our annual pitch competition for a chance to receive funding for their company.
This club promotes spirit throughout the school and tries to attract a group of people to support our athletes at each big sports event! We have fun ideas for dress ups and themes!
Religious Life Club
This student and faculty group is charged with the care of Meeting for Worship in the Upper School, and with the Quaker life of the Upper School, more broadly. We work with students and student groups to prepare queries for Meeting and other programming for Meeting, including alternative Meetings that happen regularly in the Upper School.
Spanish and Latino Association (SALSA)
SALSA is the Spanish and Latino Student Association at Penn Charter. Everybody is welcome! In SALSA we discuss Latino and Spanish Culture, Politics and International Relations in both their native countries and the US. Students watch videos, play games and occasionally cook and eat native food.
Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
SAGA exists to foster a community for LGBT+ individuals and their allies within Penn Charter. The group aims to support LGBT+ students, educate the student body on LGBT+ issues, and engage in light activism on the behalf of the LGBT+ community.
Members engage in community service and volunteer projects across the city of Philadelphia. We also provide a space for students to collaborate with others and address social issues within the greater community. Leaders of the Service Council organize regular meetings, steer fellow Service Council members and help to organize projects, Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and larger school-wide service initiatives. The co-clerks for the year are chosen by the body of the Service Council through a meeting for business and Quaker consensus.
This weekly club meets to watch videos, discuss science, and occasionally do mock science bowl questions. We also have an FTC Robotics team that competes during the winter and meets after school.
Social Justice Club
The group holds student-led discussions of on a wide range of diversity-related topics.
The step team is a club opened for everyone whether you have experience with step or not. We perform at some school events and we are looking for students ready to work hard and show off school spirit!
Penn Charter’s news show! The weekly two-to-three minute segments are anchored, written, filmed and produced by students.
Writing Club provides a space for students to share, work on, and learn about creative writing with other students, whether it be poetry, lyrics, or short stories. Each week will have a short workshop covering anything from how to write a character to improving rhyming skills and an open space for sharing works.