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Student Activities and Clubs

Find your footing, expand your mindset, and explore your passions in a club!

Clubs and activities meet regularly and are advised by a faculty member. Students lead the creation and organization of the clubs and activities; the list provided here may change or expand from year to year. 

Students can dabble in some, many or all of the Upper School’s clubs and activities, and if students want to fully immerse themselves in one, they may be able to use it to fulfill their 40-hour activity requirement.  Remember: Each year in Upper School, students must play one sport and participate in one 40-hour activity; students’ 40-hour activity can be an additional sport – or it can be a 40-hour club or activity listed below.   

As you will see below, some (but not all) clubs and activities are designated as a “40-hour activity”; students interested in receiving activity credit need not only to fulfill the 40-hour requirements as stipulated by the club or activity but also to receive the approval by the faculty advisor for having done so.  

That said, most Penn Charter students participate in several clubs and activities just for fun, not for credit.


Faculty Advisor: Sarah Aguilar-Francis
Provides students the opportunity to learn about different Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures.

Art Club

Faculty Advisor: Joy Lai
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 apply to other school projects, such as the Capstone.

Asian Student Association (ASA)

Faculty Advisor: Cory Moy
The ASA seeks to engage the community of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) within the Penn Charter community, along with the communities that surround us. We strive to address issues concerning the AAPI community, learn about our cultures and understand the perspectives of those around us in relation to our own.

Black Student UnionFaculty Advisor: Antonio Williams    *40-hour activity
Explores issues of identity and affinity around race and culture, relevant to students who self-identify as persons of African descent. The group holds discussions around topics in the media, focusing on the ideas of education, celebration and remembrance.

Board Game Club

Faculty Advisor: Peter Morton 
The Board Game Club is for any student who loves to play, learn about, or even design board games. 

Book Club

Faculty Advisor: TBD    *40-hour activity
Club members discuss what they're reading at home, what they're reading for school, and whatever is on their mind.

Cancer Awareness Club

Faculty Advisor: Karen Campbell
The Cancer Awareness Club’s mission is to provide understanding and awareness of different cancers, to allow people to share stories and to provide a space for students to offer or receive support if they have been affected by cancer in any way.

Chess Club

Faculty Advisor: TBD
Students gather to play chess, hone skills and test new tactics – and then compete against other schools in matches. No prior experience needed!

Chinese Club

Faculty Advisor:  Cory Moy
Chinese Club is bringing Chinese language and culture to PC with new school traditions and activities for everyone to enjoy. Club activities may include, campus-wide celebration of Chinese New Year, Chinese cooking class, Kung Fu class, holiday snacks, Tai Chi relaxation, art, philosophy, mythology, food tasting, and the Chopstick Olympics!

Club Shalom

Faculty Advisor: Christy Schwartz    *40-hour activity
Penn Charter’s Jewish affinity group — all are welcome!

Current Events Club

Faculty Advisor: Bhelly Bagbonon
The Current Events club is a collaborative group that examines both international and domestic events. Club members meet independently or in collaboration with other Penn Charter clubs throughout the course of the year. Over the years, the leaders of CEC have created workshops to discuss the rise of anti-semitism, LGBTQ+ rights, political partisanship, civil rights legislation, Congressman Elijah Cummings, abortion laws, and even the Haitian Revolution of 1791. All are welcome to join the discussions!

English Premier League Club

Faculty Advisor: Peter Morton
Are you a Manchester supporter? Liverpool? Crystal Palace? This is the club for you. Participants discuss the latest happening in the league, watch highlights, and otherwise immerse themselves in soccer’s most exciting league. 

Ethics Bowl Club

Faculty Advisor: Ed Marks
The Ethics Bowl Club meets solely 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

Faculty Advisor: Alyson Goodner
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.

French Club

Faculty Advisor: Marianna Allen
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.

Green Club

Faculty Advisor: Tom Rickards    *40-hour activity
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. 

International Cuisine ClubFaculty Advisor: Bhelly Bagbonon
The International Cuisine Club provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of cultures by learning about and sampling foods from across the globe. 

Latin Club

Faculty Advisor: Jenny Baer
Latin Club makes all things Roman fun! Join us for trivia games, scavenger hunts, movies and weekly challenges.

Math Club

Faculty Advisor: Liz Flemming
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, including Pa. Math League (PAML), Mandelbrot (a contest similar to 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.

Microfinance Club

Faculty Advisory: Alyson Goodner    *40-hour activity
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.

The Mirror

Faculty Advisory: Nora Landon    *40-hour activity
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. 

Mock Trial

Faculty Advisor: Jackie Kazimir    *40-hour activity
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.

Model UN

Faculty Advisors: Ed Marks and Catherine Murray    *40-hour activity
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.

Multiracial Student Association (MSA)

Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Hitschler
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. 

Penn Charter Ambassadors Club

Faculty Advisors: Rachel Codkind    *40-hour activity
The Penn Charter Ambassadors Program is a group of student leaders who work directly with the admissions office to interact with prospective families. Some of the responsibilities include: providing comprehensive tours of campus, assisting the admissions office during open houses and student panels, hosting students during their visit days, contributing to the PC Ambassadors Student Blog and serving as a representative of the Penn Charter community.

Performing Arts Opportunities

Penn Charter has many varied offerings in the Performing Arts that satisfy the 40-hour activity requirement. 
Girls a Capella; Boys a Capella  Faculty Advisor:  Tony Yoo
Quakers Dozen (also a capella)    Faculty Advisor:  Tony Yoo
Jazz Band    Faculty Advisor:  Brad Ford 
Percussion Ensemble    Faculty Advisor:  Brad Ford 
Brass Ensemble    Faculty Advisor: Brad Ford 
Upper School Play    Director: TBD
Upper School Musical    Director: TBD
Stage Crew    Faculty Advisor: Michael Roche 
Theater Club      Faculty Advisor: Ari Baker

Political Awareness Club

Faculty Advisor: Bhelly Bagbonon 
This club examines domestic issues that dominate the headlines. In an open discussion format, club leaders research the historical roots of a topic, lead a discussion to examine its significance, then facilitate a debate from positions of the topic. Some topics we have discussed include elections, economics, human rights, and morality and ethics in American politics. If you enjoy engaging conversation, PAC is the club for you.

Pre-Med Club

Faculty Advisor: Debbie Foley
Participants explore and discuss various topics related to the medical field and healthcare.  For anyone considering a career in medicine or healthcare, this is a great opportunity to learn more.

Quake Makers Social Entrepreneurship Club

Faculty Advisor: Alyson Goodner    *40-hour activity
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.

Quaker CrewFaculty Advisor: TBD
PC proud! Quaker Crew strives to grow school spirit, for athletics and the arts. It is a student-led club that schedules themes for important athletic games and rallies attendance at big arts productions to bring students together and cheer each other on. The club attempts to provide a fun and inclusive experience for everyone at PC. 

Religious Life Committee

Faculty Advisor: Ben Dziedzic
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.

Rock Climbing ClubFaculty Advisor: Tom Rickards 
Participants will learn the techniques, skills, and safety procedures of climbing.  The group will meet three times a week during the spring season at the Stillwagon Climbing Wall at the Graham Athletics and Wellness Center. 

Robotics  Faculty Advisors: Corey Kilbane and Tim Clarke    *40-hour activity
Robotics meets after school to build and test robots. Club members also take part in interscholastic competitions during the winter months. Students must participate after school, in competitions, and have faculty advisor approval to earn 40-hour credit.

Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)

Faculty Advisors: Maria Adamson, Joy Lai, Cory Moy    *40-hour activity
SAGA exists to foster a community for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies within Penn Charter.  The group aims to support LGBTQ+ students, educate the student body on LGBT+ issues, and engage in activism on the behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.

Service Council

Faculty Advisor: Sharon Ahram
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 Quaker consensus. 

Spanish and Latino Association (SALSA)

Faculty Advisor: Sarah Aguilar-Francis 
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.

Sports Discussion Club

Faculty Advisor: TBD
This group meets on Mondays to do – what else? – Monday morning quarterbacking and to talk about sports competition and the latest debates in the sports industry.

Women in Business Club

Faculty Advisor: Alyson Goodner
This group aims to teach women to excel and stand out in a male-dominated industry. The idea of going to business school or entering the corporate field can be pretty scary, so we have created a safe space where girls can feel confident about who they are and what they want to pursue. Its name notwithstanding, this club is open to anyone. 

Wednesday Weekly

Faculty Advisors: Michael Roche and TBD
Penn Charter’s news show! The weekly two-to-three minute segments are anchored, written, filmed and produced by students.

Young Republicans Club

Faculty Advisors: Doug Gorham
Meeting weekly on Fridays, this group explores current political issues and examines Republican policies and positions.