Student Leadership: Upper School Clubs and Organizations
One of the best ways for Upper School students to develop leadership skills is through participation in a student organization, and Bancroft US students have more than 30 to choose from. Most of these clubs and organizations are open to all (a few require running for election), and each has a faculty advisor to guide and support the students’ efforts.
Click the categories below to see the clubs and organizations in your area of interest:
The Student Council meets weekly to oversee student government and communicate student concerns and suggestions to the school administration. Student Council also coordinates fundraisers. Elections for Student Council are held each year in May.
Student Activities Board
Members of the Student Activities Board meet weekly to coordinate social events, competitions, and all club activities. Elections for Activities Board are held each May.
Five elected students and one faculty member make up the Disciplinary Committee. They meet as needed to address concerns from the administration and student body regarding disciplinary matters. Elections for Discipline Committee are held each May.
Prom Committee meets weekly to raise funds, plan the location, theme, food, and decor for the annual Prom, a formal dance for juniors and seniors that occurs in April.
CARE (Children's Arts and Recreational Experience)
Organized and staffed by upper school students, CARE is a mentoring program for children with moderate special needs. CARE activities take place at Bancroft on Saturdays in the fall and spring.
Organized and staffed by upper school students, Horizons is a theater program for children and teens with moderate special needs. The Horizons group puts on a play in the fall and spring in the Harrington Performing Arts Theatre.
Students may serve as camp counselors and mentors in the Worcester Partnership, a yearlong program of academic and social enrichment for students from the Elm Park Community School. The program takes place on campus throughout the month of July, with additional Saturday classes in the fall and winter.
Tour Guides are recruited through the Admission Office and trained to escort parents of prospective students and other visitors around the campus.
Bancroft Hosts are recruited through the Admissions Office. Hosts are student volunteers who pair up with prospective students and guide them through a day of classes.
Members of the Buddy Program are selected each spring and matched with freshmen and students new to the upper school the following fall. The Big Buddies help their Little Buddies become acquainted with and integrated into the Bancroft community during several Buddy activities in the month of September.
Cultural Exchange Programs
With the support of their families, students in the Cultural Exchange Programs host a visitor from another country for about 10 days, then in turn travel abroad to be hosted by that same student’s family, usually during our spring break.
Table de Français
Students in Table de Français meet every other week to explore French culture through films, games, and fundraisers for various French causes. Recently, Table de Français donated to a school in Rwanda and an orphanage in Haiti.
Students meet every other week to experience Asian Culture, enjoy Asian food and Asian movies and other forms of entertainment.
The Speech Team competes in interscholastic tournaments in Massachusetts and around the country. Students may compete in 16 different speech events that range from acting to public speaking to interpretive reading. Over our 10-year history we have qualified over 65 students to the national tournament, including one national champion and four national finalists. Visit the Speech Team's website.
Math students meet weekly for practice and then participate in several interscholastic competitions throughout the region.
The Robotics Team meets multiple days every week to build, program, and drive robots for use in interscholastic competitions such as the Vex Robotics Challenge. WPI mentors work closely with club members to guide instruction. Visit the Robotics web page.
Art Club is a time for relaxation and stress relief through art! Art Club is great for students wanting to further their knowledge of the arts and to work with other artists in order to gain inspiration or learn from their pieces.
Drama Club: Powder & Wig
Powder & Wig’s major endeavor of the year is producing the fall drama and spring musical. Other activities include planning an evening of student directed 10–minute plays and an annual trip to New York City.
A Cappella Singing:
Decibelles and Watch Your Tone
In Bancroft’s two a cappella groups, students sing together without instrumental accompaniment. All are invited to audition.
Yearbook: Blue Moon
The editorial board of Blue Moon, the Bancroft yearbook, meets twice a week. The members coordinate design and execution of the book, raise money, obtain sponsors, collect photographs, and generally organize the year's events for recording in the yearbook.
Unleashed - An Upper School publication, Unleashed will provide an opportunity for student voice in a regularly occurring publication in order to promote a more unified community, showcase and celebrate student work and achievements, and report to the student body about Upper School happenings.
The Gourmet Club promotes the culinary arts in everyday life by learning new recipes, skills, and approaches to cooking. Meeting weekly in the upper school kitchen, they prepare an array of delicious and fun dishes.
Environmental Club (EVC)
The EVC meets weekly to discuss plans to educate and promote sustainability issues within the Bancroft Community and beyond. Activities sponsored by EVC have included recycling programs and all-school Earth Day events.
Social Concerns Committee
Members of the Social Concerns Committee organize volunteer efforts to assist community social service agencies, particularly the Worcester Partnership.
GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance)
The GSA serves to provide a safe accepting community where all students are welcome. Students in the GSA advocate for tolerance and acceptance irrespective of sexuality at Bancroft and the world beyond. They regularly take part in discussions and events pertaining to a variety of issues.
PLA (Peer Leadership Association)
PLA works to create an inclusive, safe, comfortable and supportive environment for all students throughout the community. PLA will work with each division in the school to raise awareness on the issues of prejudice, racism and inequality.
World Cup Soccer
The coed World Cup—a soccer club for any and all students interested in achieving glory—boasts a participation rate of about 35% of the upper school student body, and counts dozens more students as loyal fans. They even film ads to promote the World Cup Tournament, which runs during selected club periods in January and February. Past winners include Trinidad and Tobago.