Students

Student Organizations

Student life at Groton is planned and spontaneous, formal and casual, quiet and exciting. Programs both academic and extracurricular can foster a particular interest, but the school's intimate size always makes it easy for students to try something new.

Though voluntary in membership and informal in style, student organizations provide arenas for new ventures, new responsibilities, and new experiences that can profoundly change how students see themselves, their world, and their place in it.

If you have any questions about the following list of clubs and campus organizations, please contact Tim LeRoy, Director of Student Activities at tleroy@groton.org.

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  • Christian Fellowship

    Meeting once a week for approximately an hour, Christian Fellowship is a group that concentrates on understanding faith and how it applies to life at Groton. This organization is open to all students, regardless of their religious background. The group occasionally gets together with fellowships of other schools for weekend get-togethers or events.
  • Circle Voice

    Founded in 1969 by Walter Russell Mead, the Circle Voice has worked tirelessly for nearly fifty years to inform the Groton community about happenings both on and off campus. Today, the CV is one of Groton's largest student-run organizations, with a staff of about fifty students. It prints eight to ten issues per year, with each issue ranging from eight to twelve pages. The CV can be found online at thecirclevoice.org.
  • Computer Science Club

    The Computer Science Club introduces students to hands-on coding, using the programming language Python. The club meetings have progressed from the basicsvariables, conditionals, loops, and input functionsto larger projects, ranging from Mad Libs to band-name generators to hangman. We hope that this club will inspire more interest in STEM fields; no experience is needed to join. Come explore the creative challenge that computer science has to offer!
  • Cultural Alliance

     
    The mission statement of  the Cultural Alliance reads as follows:
     
    The Cultural Alliance is an integration and unity of the peoples at Groton School that creates an atmosphere of inclusiveness and respect for cultural differences in order to promote cultural awareness and provide for equality through open-minded understanding.
     
    The Alliance tries to fulfill this objective through many means. In addition to bi-monthly meetings in which members discuss various issues pertaining to culture and diversity, the Alliance usually brings at least one performer or speaker to campus each year to facilitate greater cultural awareness at Groton.

    In addition, the Alliance helps organize events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when classes are cancelled and the entire school listens to a speaker invited by the Cultural Alliance and attends various cultural workshops during the day. These workshops are headed by students and faculty alike and cover different topics, all pertaining to cultural diversity and acceptance.
  • Debating Society

    The Debating Society has members from every form. The society competes at several interscholastic debates throughout the year, where individual and team results have been quite impressive.

  • DECA

    Meeting biweekly, Groton's DECA chapter prepares for and attends competitions in fields such as accounting, personal finance, hospitality and tourism, and business administration. Through these activities and real-life simulations, members acquire and develop the communication and collaboration skills demanded of future business leaders.
  • Economics Club

    The Groton Economics Club (GEC) holds biweekly discussions about global markets and economic trends. Additionally, its members participate in finance- and other business-related competitions and organize hands-on projects, including an annual book drive. Whether they wish to learn more about theoretical economics or to participate in business contests and ventures, students are encouraged to attend any and all GEC meetings.
  • Engineering Club

    The Groton Engineering Club takes engineering from classrooms to everyday lives. It provides students interested in math and science, and their applications, the opportunity to explore their interests and have hands-on experiences.

    The club operates like an actual engineering firm, taking projects from inside the school and the greater Groton community. In this way, students not only gain greater knowledge about the principles of engineering, but also are solving real-world problems around them. We meet once a week for an hour in the Fabrications Laboratory, where we have access to a wide variety of equipment, including 3D printers. All are welcome, regardless of grade or math/science level.
  • Entrepreneurship Club

    Members of the Entrepreneurship Club will undertake various innovative, local, and practical projects to further develop our school (not necessarily financially). This club meets every two weeks, for around an hour each time, to update each other on our progress, as well as to brief students for the next stages of development.
  • GCE: Groton Community Engagement

    Groton Community Engagement (GCE) is the student organization that champions service work at Groton School. In collaboration with the faculty director of GCE, the GCE board, comprised of twelve Fifth and Sixth Formers, helps to organize and publicize both weekly and one-time service projects.

    All students are encouraged to participate in GCE-sponsored events, and the GCE board helps other student organizations engage in service work as well. The GCE board is responsible for awarding G.O.L.D. grants, which help fund service work, to student applicants during spring term.
  • Gender/Sexuality Alliance

    The Gender/Sexuality Alliance is dedicated to conducting open-minded yet critical discussions on issues surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation. Its aim is to encourage dialogue as well as effect meaningful change both on and off campus.
  • Grotones

    The Grotones are an all-female, student-run a cappella group. Singing mostly contemporary music, the Grotones arrange most of their songs on their own. The group performs postludes at Chapel, sings at school events, and performs at a local nursing home.
  • Grotonian

    The Grotonian is the school’s literary magazine, published two to four times each year. Known as the "Grot", the magazine is edited by and contains works by students in the Upper School. The writing includes poetry as well as short stories, and the artwork includes photography, sketches, and printmaking.

    Click here to view recent issues of the Grotonian.
  • History Club

  • Humanism

    Humanism a discussion group focusing on issues of ethics, spirituality, and religion and how they pertain to the world around us. All religions and faiths (or lack thereof) are welcome. The group meets for one hour every two weeks for discussion, sometimes joining with Groton's Diversity and Inclusion Group and other campus religious groups.
  • Hydration Club

  • ICAP: International Community Advising Program

    The International Community Advising Program (ICAP) was founded with the mission of providing social and cultural support to peers arriving to Groton from foreign countries. Thousands of miles away from home, International students often encounter difficulties in the beginning of the year at Groton due to cultural transitions and increased academic workload. To facilitate their transitions, ICAP created a student advisor-advisee program, in which every new student is paired with a returning student with a similar cultural background. ICAP advisors are available to support and give advice at all times when a student finds school-life demanding.  ICAP attempts to support International Students so they will feel at home and one of ICAP's main missions is to make sure that International Students have a place to stay during the school vacations.  Through ICAP, Groton will become a second home for the International Students.
     
    ICAP also hosts trips to nearby towns and Boston, to make students more familiar with the surroundings and to make the students feel more at home.  This year's heads are Sojung Jeong, Harsh Govil, and Henry Chang.

    Another important mission of ICAP is to raise awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity here at Groton. Although recent improvements in technology have connected many different cultures together, we often find ourselves uninformed about other cultures. ICAP members come from 12 different countries, ranging from Jamaica to Japan. Recent events sponsored by ICAP include International Entertainment Night and a tour of historical sites in Boston. Groton School is always open to learn and explore about cultural backgrounds, characteristics of the students at Groton. In pursuing such interest among the students and faculties here, ICAP leads us in the right direction that will continue to broaden our horizons.
  • Improv Club

    The Improv Club holds meetings every week in the Black Box Theater and stages a couple of small performances. At meetings, club members play fun improv and theater games, exploring improv techniques, and hone students' skills. The main focus of the Improv Club is to provide a place where students can come to be spontaneous and experience the fun of improvisational comedy! 
  • Investment Club

    Founded in 2016, students in the Investment Club have the chance to invest it in stocks. All of our members are dedicated to learning more about this lifelong skill and we cannot wait to see how we do with our investments this year. At club meetings twice a month we review potential stocks and see how they are doing in terms of growth. 
  • Knee Hockey Club

  • The Maqu-appellas

  • Math Team

    The Groton Math Team is more than a recreational club. It is one of the few clubs at Groton that focuses on an academic field: math. In the past, we have participated in numerous competitions including the Harvard MIT Math Tournament (HMMT), Purple Comet, American Regions Math League (ARML), New England Math League (NEML), and the AMC/AIME. We meet once a week in the evening for an hour to an hour and a half. We usually solve problems from past competitions and learn the methods behind them. It is definitely a fun club for those who enjoy challenging math problems. All are welcome, regardless of age, grade, or math level!
  • Medical Club

    The Medical Club gives students the opportunity to engage in health issues on a weekly basis. Members discuss ethical case studies, run CPR workshops, volunteer at the local pediatric center, and shadow doctors in Boston. Every term, the Medical Club bases its activities around a certain medical theme, such as emergency health, pediatrics, or veterinary medicine. 
  • Model UN/CONG

    Model UN/CONG is an organization in which students spend the winter term preparing for both a Model United Nations conference and a Model Congress conference, each conference hosted by a leading university. Students who attend the Model UN conference become delegates who represent specific countries, and they research the stance of their assigned country on current world issues and then attend the conference, where they participate in mock sessions trying to persuade other delegates to pass their resolutions. Students who attend the Model Congress conference become United States' congressional representatives and senators, and they research the stance of their assigned state on current domestic issues and then attend the conference, where they participate in mock sessions trying to persuade other delegates to pass their proposed legislation. Model UN/CONG is a wonderfully fun and educational opportunity for students interested in current affairs and politics.
  • Peer Counselors

  • Robotics Club

  • Romance Movie Appreciation Club

    Students of all forms gather on weekends to relax and enjoy snacks while watching a romantic-themed movie. It is a great way to stay involved with the community while taking it easy in a nonacademic but social environment. We encourage all to come and appreciate the power of love!
  • Rugby Team

  • SAAG

    Students who identify as being of South Asian origin make up the South Asian Affinity Group (SAAG) at Groton School. Throughout the school year, holiday celebrations, special dinners, and other events are organized so that the group may bond and share their cultural experiences. SAAG aims to increase awareness and exposure to South Asian culture among all members of Groton’s campus through student and faculty activities and events, while maintaining an open and welcoming community for South Asian students.
  • Spanish Club

    Students in the Spanish Club are committed to learning about Spanish language and culture. Meetings are held every one to two weeks and involve cooking, baking, dancing, homework help, and Spanish movie watching. 
  • Student Activities Committee

    The SAC (Student Activities Committee) is composed of six Sixth Formers, four Fifth Formers, and two Fourth Formers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Together they are responsible for planning a wide range of weekend activities, both on and off campus. SAC organizes the Fall Jam (a clubs fair), outdoor movies on the Circle, mall trips, corn mazes, magicians/hypnotists, dances, paintball outings, the SAC haunted hayride, intramural tournaments, dorm competitions, Lip Sync battles, formals, stand-up comedy nights, casino nights, bubble soccer, trampoline parks, and Groton’s annual SAC CircleFest.

    The SAC's goal is to organize weekend events in which all students can participate, recognizing that it is important for students to find time to take a break from work and enjoy the weekends with their friends. 
  • The Trap Shooting Club

    The Trap Shooting Club goes out on selected Sundays to the Westford Sportsmen’s Club shooting range in Westford, MA (ten minutes from campus). With the help of faculty members, students at all levels are able to shoot skeet and improve their shooting skills in a safe and fun environment.
  • Ukelele Club

    Meeting briefly once every week, the Ukulele Club is a casual club aimed purely at facilitating a love for music through the ukulele. Students in the club will learn about the ukulele and how to play it, as well as socialize and learn from their peers. A performance may be organized if the participants agree and are adequately prepared.
  • Ultimate Frisbee Team

    Not so much a club as a spring FSA, the Ultimate Frisbee team represents the start of competitive Ultimate Frisbee at Groton School. Aiming to develop into a full varsity sport, this team meets every weekday during the spring for an hour and a half to learn more advanced Ultimate tactics, on top of physical conditioning. We are likely to travel to different schools to compete against practicing varsity teams.
     
     
  • UNICEF Club

    The UNICEF Club is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. Over the year, the club plans events including Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the Tap Project, bazaars, and other fun activities to engage the whole community, within and beyond Groton. The club, advised by Director of Community Engagement Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge, meets weekly. All are welcome.
  • Weiqi Club

    The Weiqi Club is a group of students who are interested in the timeless Chinese chess game, Weiqi. The club meets in the science classrooms once a week and discusses games and strategy. We have a competitive ladder that allows students to practice against each other in fun competition. 
  • Yearbook

    A staff of students and a faculty advisor produce the yearbook annually. The group is mainly comprised of seniors and juniors. The job descriptions range from text editor to photographer. Meetings are held twice a week on Fridays and Sundays and food and music are always provided. The yearbook comes out during the week before graduation so seniors get a chance to sign everyone’s book. Pictures of graduation are then put on a CD, which is sent out to everyone in the following school year.
  • Yoga Club

    The Yoga Club (Yogis of Groton) is dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, mind, and spirit. Everyone is welcome; no experience is necessary. Meetings are held biweekly and include yoga, food, and good people. 
  • Young Democrats

    Young Democrats is open to students of all political backgrounds. Meeting once every two weeks, the club plans trips to political rallies, invites speakers to lecture on campus, and holds discussions on political news and issues. The group also hosts debate-watching parties and sometimes meets with the Young Republicans club on campus. 
  • Young Republicans

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