Our school has long prized experiential learning as central to the AFS experience. There are so many opportunities for students to encounter a larger world of learning through clubs and activities beyond the classroom. Most clubs are student-led with a faculty or parent advisor. Clubs and organizations are another layer for community and peer connection. Clubs are offered throughout Middle and Upper School. 100% of our students participate in a club, with many participating in two or more. Roobotics, our Robotics team, has more of a time commitment at lunch and after school in order to prepare for a level of competition. Creative Writing Club may meet at lunch once or twice a week, but can be more of a commitment if you choose. Meeting times are flexible to work with student’s academic, theatre and/or athletics schedule. This list of clubs is as diverse and interesting as our student body! Here is a list of some of our current active clubs and organizations.
Math Club, a place to talk equations, compete in weekly tournaments, and enjoy math with others—and not feel like it is “school work”
Marvel Club+, fun comic book gatherings
Chess Club, for novice and beginner chess players
Students Demand Action, focuses on mitigating the causes and effects of all forms of gun violence through education and common-sense solutions
Roobotics, official Robotics team at AFS
Creating Writing Club, a place for writing, workshopping and talking about your writing
Black Student Union, for Black students to talk, work together and unite through meetings and events
The Music Society, creates a for music lovers to come together and work with all things music and plan yearly music jams
H.O.L.A., Hispanic or Latino affinity group
SQuAC, Student Quaker leadership group
LitMag, artists and writers produce the AFS literary magazine “The Whole Tree”
Womxn’s Empowerment, giving female-identifying students at AFS a voice and a community
Jewish Affinity Group, celebrating Jewish identity and heritage
GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance), a safe and open space to discuss identity through gender
Fashion Club, students host virtual fashion shows, t-shirt making workshops and more
Environmental Action and Justice Club, advocates for a more sustainable, environmental conscious living
Community Service Council, organizing community service to engagement and action
Theater Club, bringing theater to all
Aware, Antiracist White activists for racial equity
Students participating in Clubs and Organizations at Abington Friends School.
The Community Service Council helps organize our Day of Service in January.
The AFS Roobotics Team competes at the state level
The BSU hosts dancers, singers and performers for Black Excellence Night
The Environmental Action Club marched for climate change at City Hall in Philadelphia
It can be a great experience for students to work—many work on the weekends or get internships during the summer months. But what about students who operate their own business? As he nears the end of 10th grade, Esa McCants ’25 is reflecting more on his own journey as a small business owner and their plans for the future.