Co-Curricular Programs

Co-curricular activities are an integral part of the Upper School experience and provide students with additional avenues to explore their talents, passions and interests. Students can choose from a wide variety of stimulating programs and activities that enhance the learning experience both within and beyond the classroom.

Independent Study

Upper Schoolers may submit proposals for independent study, an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member on a particular topic or project. Independent studies allow students to dive deeper into a topic of interest, explore subjects not offered in core classes or electives, or pursue a passion project.

Spring Session (Intersession)

This week-long program allows students to select one or several intensive workshops on topics not offered as part of the regular curriculum. Courses may be suggested or taught by students, with faculty support. Examples of past spring session courses have included Raku Pottery, Forensic Anthropology, Dutch Language and History, and more. 


Club offerings change yearly depending on the interests of the students. Clubs generally meet during community time or lunch, so students are able to participate in a number of clubs while still being involved in after-school sports teams or other activities.

Highlight of Upper School Clubs:

  • Aquarium Club
  • Architecture
  • Book Club
  • Cheese Tasting
  • Debate Club
  • Film and Screenwriting
  • Garden Club
  • Improv Club
  • Model UN
  • Music Production
  • Peer Tutors
  • Programming
  • Sexuality & Gender Awareness
  • Social Justice Organizers
  • Sports Debate
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook
  • Young Investors

More Co-Curricular Programs


Upper School athletes can tryout for various Varsity teams each season. Depending on interest, some teams have Junior Varsity programs and developmental programs.

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Calhoun has a robust music program. Our students can choose from a wide variety of music classes, and work in small groups with professional music faculty.

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Calhoun’s theater program celebrates each student’s talent and creates a rich learning experience that fosters creativity, communication and collaboration.

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